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Thomas Jefferson's vanilla ice cream recipe

In the 1780's Thomas Jefferson went to France and was introduced to ice cream. He wrote down the recipe to take home and enjoy his own homemade ice cream.

A copy of his hand written recipe is below and below that it's printed, in case you have trouble reading his handwriting.

Thomas Jefferson's ice cream recipe

Ice Cream.

2. bottles of good cream.
6. yolks of eggs.
1/2 lb. sugar

Mix the yolks & sugar put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla.when near boiling take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar.stir it well. put it on the fire again stirring it thoroughly with a spoon to prevent it's sticking to the casserole. when near boiling take it off and strain it thro' a towel. put it in the Sabottiere then set it in ice an hour before it is to be served. put into the ice a handful of salt. put salt on the coverlid of the Sabotiere & cover the whole with ice. leave it still half a quarter of an hour. then turn the Sabottiere in the ice 10 minutes open it to loosen with a spatula the ice from the inner sides of the Sabotiere. shut it & replace it in the ice open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides when well taken (prise) stir it well with the Spatula. put it in moulds, justling it well down on the knee. then put the mould into the same bucket of ice. leave it there to the moment of serving it. to withdraw it, immerse the mould in warm water, turning it well till it will come out & turn it into a plate.

The Sabottiere is the inner cannister.

Thomas Jefferson's guests quite often enjoyed a cool dish of delicious homemade ice cream.

The above image was borrowed from: American Treasures of the Library of Congress, Library of Congress. "Jefferson's Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream." 1780's.

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