Homemade Ice Cream Infused with Lemon, Ginger and Cannabis

Today I learned that I could make homemade cannabis infused ice cream from scratch without using refined sugar, edible oils and the gum fillers that are typically used to make  commercially prepared ice cream. That translates into a healthier recipe with a hand-full of recognizable ingredients that you can easily pronounce.

(Wow!!! I didn’t think that I could do it either…make cannabis infused ice-cream, that is.)

Yet, here we are.

(Now, this recipe will make a very nice non-cannabis ice-cream too. Just omit the 1/4 cup of infused bee honey and increase the amount of regular bee honey from 3/4 cup to 1 cup. This will ensure that all your ratios will remain the same.)

I’m not going to sugar coat this.

It’s a long process of chemical reactions and infusions. Some taking longer than others and spanning over a few days.

This is not a recipe that you can make in the morning and enjoy in the afternoon. It requires cooking without curdling and combining after tempering with the grand finale being the right level of chill to churn the blend into soft ice cream. This can then be followed by hardening the mixture off further. By freezing the soft ice cream for another 24 hours, it will harden to the point that you will require some healthy arm muscles to scoop.

Yeah, it’s a labour of love for sure.

I did think at one point, that the scene in our kitchen was starting to look more like a research lab, than the heart of our house. Between my notes, my camera and a line up of specialty kitchen appliances and tools, it looked a bit serious.

For a special occasion or just to have on-hand in case the mood strikes, I can attest to the fact that it is worth taking the time to make the effort.

Here are the tools you’ll need:

  1. a magical butter machine;
  2. a high speed blender;
  3. a stand mixer with mixing bowl, plus, the paddle, and whisk attachment;
  4. an ice-cream maker or ice-cream maker attachment for your stand mixer;
  5. a fine mesh strainer;
  6. a whisk;
  7. a small sauce pan;
  8. a medium size bowl to hold the milk blend;
  9. a medium size pot (It should hold 3 litres);
  10. a rasp to grate the ginger and lemon peel;
  11. a medium size freezer-safe seal-able container (It should hold 3 litres);
  12. and a silicone or soft flexible spatula.

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:

  1. 1 litre of water buffalo milk or whole milk;
  2. 250 ml of 35% heavy cream;
  3. 6 egg yolks;
  4. 3/4 cup of bee honey;
  5. 1/4 cup of infused bee honey with the cannabis strain of your choice;
  6. 2 tbsp of agave infused with vanilla beans;
  7. the rind of 3 medium size lemons;
  8. 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated;
  9. 1 tsp of cinnamon;
  10. and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg;

Before we even start to make the ice cream, you must make the cannabis infused bee honey first. Here’s one of my previous posts which will explain how to do it:

https://steemit.com/marijuana/@rebeccaryan/how-to-make-cannabis-infused-bee-honey

Directions:

  • Grate the lemon rinds.

  • Grate the ginger root.

  • Add the water buffalo milk to the pitcher of the Magical Butter Machine.
  • Then add all the lemon rind and grated ginger to the machine.

  • Set the lid in place and set the temperature to 160 degrees F. Then, set the timer for 1 hour. (This will infuse the milk with lemon and ginger.)

  • After the hour and the machine shuts off, strain the milk into a medium pot and discard any lemon rind and bits of ginger that the strainer caught.

  • Put the pot on the stove and add the cinnamon and the nutmeg. (Don’t turn the stove on yet. The milk mixture is quite hot and it needs to cool a little bit.)

  • Blend well with a whisk.

  • Just let this blend cool for a few minutes while you separate the egg yolks and blend them with the regular bee honey and vanilla infused agave syrup.

  • Add 1 cup of 35% heavy cream and blend well.

  • Temper the mixture containing the egg yolks by slowly adding 1 cup of the hot infused milk mixture to it. Whisk briskly. The goal is to even out the temperature of the two mixtures without cooking the egg yolks into a scramble. Add one more cup and whisk briskly.

  • Then, pour the tempered mixture (containing the egg yolks) into the infused milk mixture. Set the flame to medium-low and gently heat until bubbles start to form around the edges of the pot.
  • Simultaneously, gently warm the cannabis infused honey in a small sauce pan. Remove it from the heat as soon as it becomes thin and liquid-like in consistency.

  • Pour the warmed milk and egg mixture into a high speed blender and add the cannabis infused honey. Make sure the lid is secured and blend on high speed for a minute. The goal is to make sure that the honey is evenly dispersed through-out the mixture.
  • Strain this mixture one last time into a glass container with a lid. Make sure the lid is sealed and place it into the refrigerator to chill.
  • Chill for 15 hours. (This part is exceptionally important. You must cool the ice cream mixture to between 2-5 degrees Celsius. The colder the mixture is, the better it will churn in the ice cream appliance.)
  • Add the ice cream mixture to the ice cream appliance. (I’m using the ice cream maker Kitchenaid stand mixer attachment. I prepared it by freezing it for 48 hours in advance of churning the mixture.)

  • Churn it for 30 minutes.

  • As the mixture churns, it will freeze and thicken up to the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. As this blend is made predominantly from water buffalo milk, it could be called a “gelato” at this point.
  • Remove it from the ice cream maker and put into a freezer-safe container with a tightly closing lid.

  • Freeze this soft ice cream for 24 hours to create hard, scoop-able  ice cream.

Enjoy! (Start with a baby size scoop.) 😉

On Location at 420 Toronto.

In 2015, I decided to officially come out of the cannabis closet and support the Canadian Cannabis Culture, by adding my voice to the growing number of Canadians who were and are open advocates for the “freeing of a herb”.

Admittedly, I’m a little late coming out green, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been a huge supporter of the lifestyle for decades. I just never felt like I could safely and openly speak about it without being persecuted and charged like a felon.

In Canada it is still illegal to possess cannabis, use cannabis, grow cannabis from seed and even share information in the form of ANY printed material related to any aspect of this special life-saving plant. If you have an official medical marijuana license issued by the government, than there is some legitimacy and protection of sorts, but really, if we call a spade a spade it’s still a huge erosion of civil liberties at best.

This 420 event, which was just held on April 20th, 2017, will be one of the last acts of civil disobedience and peaceful demonstrations that will be held at Toronto’s Younge and Dundas Square. Next year, the event which has been enjoyed in the same location for 19 years, will be moving to a new location because the city is concerned about the space being too small to safely accommodate the number of event supporters.

Without further ado, let me take you into the heart of the great city of Toronto, Ontario Canada to 420 Toronto!

The day was rainy and cold. We knew we were going to get wet and we had dressed to be in the elements for several hours. (Long-johns under jeans, wool socks, boots, sweaters, jackets and rain coats and for myself, winter gloves.)

The square that we spent the afternoon in, is just a few blocks away from this historic hotel, called the Royal York.

We arrived at the event shortly after 1:00 pm, thinking that we wouldn’t have much of a problem getting to chat with vendors and listening to the speakers. It was already becoming packed 3 hours before the celebration was really going to kick off.

This is a cannabis plant that Justin Loizos, the owner of Just Compassion and a Canadian Cannabis Activist, representing The Cannabis Rights Coalition had on display.  Just Compassion is a private members medical cannabis club that helps medical cannabis patients who have any one of the following government issued medical marijuana licenses: MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR.

Justin is a well respected Canadian Cannabis Activist in the province of Ontario and he directly and indirectly helps thousands of individuals muddle their way through accessing the plant and using it as medicine. We really wanted to hear him speak and I am happy to report that we were able to do that and meet him in person too.

(Photo credit goes to Paul H.)

This is Justin speaking with his girlfriend Meghan Jefferies at his side. Justin has used cannabis to treat Multiple Sclerosis, which he is afflicted by. This is one thing that we have in common and is also one of the reasons that it was important to me to be in the crowd, on the day to support him.

(Justin and Meghan making their way off the stage.)

As the afternoon wore on, it became harder and harder to move within the crowd of people.

The vendors are all located underneath the white canopies. It was difficult to get close to them, even shortly after we arrived. With that said, here is some of the promotional swag we were graciously given:

3 t-shirts, some medicated edible cookie dough that require baking, CBD seeds and lots of literature to read.

This is John Vergados speaking. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Highway Canada/Skunk magazine and a vendor in attendance at the event.

There was dancing, by a troop called the Goddess Factory Twerk Squad.

Then, the rain came as we waited for Marc Emery, the Prince of Pot, to speak just before 4:20 pm.

Marc said hello to us and I was able to thank him for everything he is doing for the Canadian cannabis movement.

He shared that 420, as a global movement really got started when his team at Cannabis Culture Magazine decided to start the first event in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada 23 years ago. Last year, Marc said he was able to celebrate 420 in India.

Back-track to 2010, Marc was extradited by the Canadian government to the United States, where he was tried for selling cannabis seeds via mail order, into the States. He served 5 years, in multiple US prisons, FOR SELLING CANNABIS SEEDS. He was not protected or helped by our Canadian government. It was my opinion that they, just like now, are targeting him and his wife Jodie. Our government seems to be quite content to throw them under the bus to attempt to make an example out of both of them…even though cannabis related criminal charges are currently being thrown out of our judicial system which means no charges that were laid are sticking.

Marc is currently facing more than a dozen charges, after a targeted raid on a chain of dispensaries that he owns was carried out across the country in March, of this year.  The most ominous charge being “conspiracy to commit an indictable offense”. Everyone understands that there are no victims of the crimes he is being charged with and it is a complete waste of time and tax payer dollars which could total over a million dollars by the time everything is said and done.

Marc Emery, taking the stage and speaking for approximately 15 minutes just before 4:20 pm.

(This video was uploaded to Youtube on April 20th, 2017 by John RoXx.)

(Then, this video taken by @knarly327, was uploaded to Youtube on April 22, 2017 on his Scrap Fe channel.)

It’s the actual count down to 4:20 pm.

The Younge and Dundas Square became instantly covered in a thick cannabis haze.

Here’s what Vancouver’s 420 event looked like:

(This video was uploaded to YouTube by Mark Klokeid on Apr. 20th, 2017.)

Here’s what Ottawa’s 420 event looked like:

(This video was uploaded to YouTube by Pat GPM on Apr. 20th, 2017)

Every major city across Canada had scheduled 420 events each with keynote speakers.

I consider myself to be privileged to be able to attend a rally and a protest in my country without being arrested for doing so.

Rebecca Ryan