Peppermint Essential Oil Ice Cream

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Ice Cream is a staple summer treat, and is one of the yummiest ones out there any time of the year. However, for those of us who live a ways from town, getting it home can be a bit of a hassle. That's why I thought I'd fix that problem and I went ahead and got my own ice cream churner! And, although it was a challenge to make my first batch with it, it was also super fun and rewarding in the end. So as you can tell, I'm no ice-cream-making expert, so there are certain things that I would like to improve on later, but for my first try, I thought that I did decent job and decided to share it with you guys!

One of everyone's favorite flavor of ice cream is mint, more specifically mint chocolate chip, although my recipe doesn't actually have any chocolate. Another favorite of many other people is essential oils. The great community and company of Young Living based down in Utah has actually taken those two favorites and combined them! What a great idea, right? Anyways, during a recent visit to Utah, I had the chance to eat a cup of their mint ice cream, and was very pleased with what I saw, or, what I tasted. I decided that I would try to replicate this yummy treat, and found another recipe online. When I found out that there was no added sugar, corn syrup, or any other diabolical way of making sure that your diet wouldn't permit you from eating this ice cream, I was thrilled! So, let's get started!

Step 1: Gather Your Things

The ingredients for this recipe were surprisingly simple and plain. All you will need is

  • One dozen eggs
  • 6 cups of half and half
  • 4 cups of whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of Blue AgaveNATURAL sweetener
  • 1/4 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons of any kind of vanilla (imitation is cheapest)
  • 10 drops of Pure Essential Peppermint Oil

The tools are fairly simple as well. You will need

  • A set of measuring cups
  • A set of measuring spoons
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A whisk or hand mixer
  • An ice cream churner/maker

I'd also recommend doing this with a friend, so I went with my only option, my mother. You could also have your cat watch you as you work, or your dog to lick up whatever you spill. You'll also want something to do as you wait, because you will have to wait a very, VERY long time for the ice cream to churn, set, and freeze.

Step 2: Mix It

In your large bowl, you'll want to beat a dozen eggs until they're creamy and smooth. You will then want to add your Blue Agave, sea salt, whatever kind of vanilla you have, and the whipping cream, still mixing as you go. Once it has all been mixed thoroughly, pour the mixture into your ice cream churn or maker. Remember to keep plenty of ice handy. We ended up using frozen peas and broccoli! After you've started to churn the mixture for a while, add your 10 drops of peppermint oil and the half and half carefully into your mixture. Depending on what kind of ice cream maker you have, you could also do this before you start churning it.

Step 3: Mix It Up

Not to be confused with the last step, make your ice cream your own! Add your chocolate chips, nuts, or whatever you like into the mixture before you start to churn it! And the greatest thing about it is that dark chocolate is actually not bad for you at all, so feel welcome to add as much as you like. Just don't add to much, or it might take away from the mint.

Step 4: The Waiting

As mentioned before, making your ice cream will take quite a bit of time. You will want to churn your ice cream for about 1 hour. To you ice-cream-making-enthusiasts, please churn your ice cream for as long as you see fit. However, 1 hour is a good base time. After the churning, pop your ice cream into a freezer. Check it continually until you feel you like the consistency. If all goes well, it should freeze in about 4 to 6 hours. However, I know that my batch did not, so don't worry! Just keep it in that freezer until it hardens to your liking!

Step 5: Enjoy!

You can now do what you always dreamed of! Eat your own ice cream, made from scratch. This recipe made a delicious ice cream that I liked quite a lot. Sit down on your porch and enjoy a bowl or bring it in a cooler to a barbecue or picnic at the park. Put a couple of toppings on it if you so desire! I hope you enjoy your ice cream and that it adds to your summer fun! Thanks!

If you want to use the article that I found on this ice cream, here it is!

Painter, J. (2016, July 23). Peppermint Ice Cream. Retrieved from https://getoiling.com/JoycePainter/blog/468/peppermint-ice-cream

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    Violet-Person

    Tip 3 months ago

    You just want to be sure that your oil is a pure one. Some essential oils say they are "pure" but really aren't. Young Living is a good one to use. You could also use fresh peppermint leaves that are brusied. The oil will come out of the bruised leaves and will flavour the base.

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    jseely23Violet-Person

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thank you very much! I will edit that right away! And yes, I did use Young Living oils. I just couldn't find the bottle as I was taking pictures, so I displayed the doTerra bottle. Thanks!

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    tercerojseely23

    Reply 3 months ago

    I used to work at a cosmetic factory in my 20's.... Kolmar of Canada. As Violet has said, I honestly would not use this.

    They usually have emulsifiers, stabilizers and preservatives added. Some harmless, but some are toxic.

    If you want to make mint ice cream, you'd be better off getting some oil or flavouring from a grocery store. I'd hate for this to end in tragedy.

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    jseely23tercero

    Reply 3 months ago

    Well! Thank you for the warning. This is very useful information. However, as you can see, I am sitting here talking to you. Perhaps just avoid any off brand oils. We used Young Living Oils and doTerra oils are probably fine as well. Thanks! You might also check to make sure that it is PURE Peppermint oil.

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    tercerojseely23

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks jseely23.

    Yeah, but that's the thing about toxicity. It's sometimes chronic, vs acute.

    Here's the rub. A lot of brands are re-branded out of China. Where, of course profit takes precedent over safety. The most commonly used stabilizer and preservative used is formaldehyde, because it's cheap and hard to detect aromatically. Great as an embalming fluid, bad as an ingested compound.

    Most people don't show symptoms of acute poisoning, it's a chronic poison.

    Again, nothing wrong with being safe. Not sure why though you'd choose something meant to be rubbed on or diffused over something meant to be ingested, but to each their own. I'm about living a long life myself.

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    jseely23tercero

    Reply 3 months ago

    Just to be clear, one of the best ways to bring about the benefits of an oil is to eat it. You can eat peppermint and it travels through your nasal passages to reduce head aches and pains. I, again, thank you for your desire and care to warn me of this chemical. It does indeed sound dangerous. However, I have my hopes on living a long life as well. Your comments don't sound like they're meant to be harrassing, but they do have a tone to them that makes me uncomfortable. So please be at ease with my decision. Again, Young Living directly sells ice cream made with essential oils, drinks, sodas, and all sorts of other things. And I think that my kidneys will be fine, thank you. Young Living is also based in Utah, and not in China. Thanks!

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    tercero

    3 months ago

    From wiki eg:

    In some places, such as China, formaldehyde is still used illegally as a
    preservative in foods, which exposes people to formaldehyde ingestion.[93]
    In humans, the ingestion of formaldehyde has been shown to cause
    vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and in extreme cases can cause
    death. Testing for formaldehyde is by blood and/or urine by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Other methods include infrared detection, gas detector tubes, etc., of which HPLC is the most sensitive.[94]
    In the early 1900s, it was frequently added by US milk plants to milk
    bottles as a method of pasteurization due to the lack of knowledge
    regarding formaldehyde's toxicity.[95][96]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formaldehyde

    Again, if you're ok gambling your kidneys away. Be my guest.