We’re having a blizzard here in Washington, DC. That’s bad news on all sorts of fronts, from people without power, people without shelter, cancelled events (surely somebody had to change their wedding plans), dangerous driving conditions. We’re all stuck at home for the next day or two.

A nice bowl of snow ice cream.

A nice bowl of snow ice cream.

But deep snow is also a perfect condition for making snow ice cream. I just whipped up a batch and took it downstairs to share with some friends in my building.

It’s easy to make snow ice cream. In preparation, put a very large bowl in the refrigerator to cool for a half hour or so.

Then go out to gather the snow. I’m lucky that we have an enclosed courtyard here, so I knew the snow was clean. You don’t want snow from too near an active street, or where animals frolic, for obvious reasons.

Gathering the snow.

Gathering the snow.

Brush off the top of the snow, and dump big spoonfuls into your bowl. Don’t fill the bowl all the way up (I did, and then realized I needed some space in there for stirring).

I know two snow ice cream recipes, both extremely simple. The first: mix a few drops of vanilla, heavy cream and powdered sugar into the snow. What are the proportions, you ask? I don’t know. Just add and taste. It’s snow ice cream, so it should be fun and experimental. That’s it. Mix and eat.

The second recipe: mix a few drops of vanilla and some nonfat sweetened condensed milk with the snow. That’s what I made today, because I didn’t have any cream or half and half around. I used about half a 14 oz. can of condensed milk. What in the world I’ll do with the other half I don’t know…maybe make more ice cream this afternoon. When you use condensed milk, the ice cream comes out a luscious French vanilla color.

The snow today isn’t perfect for ice cream. It’s already got some icy lumps in it. But you can just toss those out or consider they add a little extra crunch to your treat.

Sumintra was a volunteer taster.

Sumintra was a volunteer taster.

Eat your ice cream immediately. It melts pretty fast. I’ve never tried to freeze the leftovers…actually, there never are any leftovers. Snow ice cream is a spur of the moment kind of thing – fun to do, fun to eat.