Author: Sarah Kuschel

As the warmer days of spring arrive we start to think of grilling and sweet treats. Have you ever wondered where your milk or meat comes from? How beef cattle and dairy cattle compare? Check out our Milk or Meat? Beef or Dairy? Lesson where students will identify the differences between beef and dairy cattle and determine the commodities produced by each type of cattle. A fun hands on activity to make your own ice cream completes this lesson.

Our family raises beef cattle but we love milk, cheese and ice cream. We often talk about the differences and similarities of beef cattle and dairy cattle. Both have such important purposes and provide us with many things we don’t often realize. We love to grill burgers but they aren’t complete without a good slice of cheese. Finishing any meal with a dish of ice cream is always a delicious treat. Making ice cream is a favorite activity in our household and one we have used with field trip students too. I hope your students or family will have just has much fun learning more about agriculture and enjoy some ice cream too.

The Recipe

In a sandwich bag mix:

1/2 cup cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

*seal bag and mix well

Fill large Zip-Lock bag with ice (approx. 2/3 full)

Add rock salt

Place sandwich bag into ice-water solution (sandwich bag needs to be surrounded by solution)

Seal large bag and shake for 20 min! Enjoy!

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