Homemade Ice Cream History
Long ago rural folks would use a block of ice and chip off what they needed with an ice pick to make homemade ice cream. Making ice cream from scratch required lots of churning of the dasher filled ice, fresh cream, sugar, and the local fruit in season. People most often made ice cream in late June and the month of July because that was the fruit picking season when the fruit would be sweet—peaches raspberries, cherries, or strawberries. For many ice cream is closely associated with this time of the year when local fruit become ripe. Older relatives would tell me growing up that there is nothing better than homemade ice cream no matter who makes it.