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6 Simple Tips To Make Ice Cream At Home Without An Ice Cream Making Machine

6 Simple Tips To Make Ice Cream At Home Without An Ice Cream Making Machine

You love ice cream, but you don’t love the price you have to pay for it. Whether you are getting a tub of ice cream at the grocery store or buying it by the scoop (which can often cost more than $3 just for a single cone), it’s way too expensive. Luckily, there are ways that you can make your own ice cream from fresh, healthy ingredients, and you don’t even need to have an ice cream machine.

Here are some tips to help you make delicious ice cream that your whole family will love.

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    Heavy Cream and Condensed Milk

    You can use just two ingredients to make awesome ice cream that is ready to eat in a few hours. Mix one can of condensed milk with a pint of whipping/heavy cream with your food processor until it is thick and fluffy. Freeze and eat. That’s it. You can even add flavorings. For coffee flavored ice cream, melt a tablespoon of instant coffee in a bit of warm water, and add it to the ice cream during the blending process.

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      Ice Cream Base

      All you need for this easy ice cream is your ice cream base, a freezer bag, and a food processor. Place the ice cream base inside the freezer bag, seal it, and put the bag into the freezer. Once it has frozen, use the food processor to blend the ice cream base until it is smooth and creamy. Again, this is another treat that is actually going to take a few hours to make, so if you want ice cream now, you better go out and buy some.

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        Yogurt Ice Cream

        You can easily freeze yogurt and fruit to have a delicious frozen yogurt treat. There isn’t a lot of work involved, but like with many of the other recipes here, you will have to wait for a few hours until you can enjoy it.

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          Freezer Bags, Ice Cream Base, Salt, and Ice

          One of the fastest and easiest ways to make homemade ice cream is to fill a freezer bag with your ice cream base, ice, and salt. Place the bag in the freezer and let it set for a few hours. Then, shake the bag for about 10 minutes, and you have delicious soft-serve ice cream ready to eat. The only real drawback to this method is that it takes several hours for the ice cream to be ready, so you won’t be able to simply make it and eat it. However, you can make any flavor you like, and it is delicious.

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            Ice Cream Base, Ice, and Rock Salt

            This is a bit neater than the previous methods of making homemade ice cream. Put ice cubes and rock salt in one bowl, and then put the ice cream base in a smaller bowl. Place this bowl inside the bowl of ice, and use a hand mixer to blend all of the ingredients. This is a great way to make ice cream if you want to have it within a few minutes. However, you do need to be careful that none of the salt actually gets into the ice cream, because it will ruin the flavor.

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              Bananas

              Did you know that you can make delicious ice cream with just one ingredient? All you need are bananas. Peel and slice the bananas, place them in an air-tight container, and freeze them overnight. Then, blend the frozen banana slices with a food processor. It will take a while to do the blending. At first, the mixture will look crumbly, and then it will take on a gooey appearance. Finally, it will be smooth and creamy. All you have to do is put it in a container and place it back in the freezer until it is firm. This is an easy recipe, but it is a good idea to have a stand mixer, because your arms will end up getting tired if you have to stand there and hold an electric mixer for as long as it takes to turn frozen bananas into ice cream.

              Featured photo credit: St0rmz via flickr.com

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              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

              Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

              1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

              Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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              2. Stress Relief

              Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

              3. Improved Sleep

              Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

              4. Appetite Control

              Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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              5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

              When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

              6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

              Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

              7. Mosquito Repellant

              Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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              8. Pain Relief

              While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

              9. The New Anti-Viral

              Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

              10. Improved Cognitive Function

              Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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              11. Money Saving

              With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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