June is here and to us foodies that means one thing: National Dairy Month. To start off the month dedicated to one of life's finest ingredients is an entire day in celebration of the creamy and rich goodness that is dairy. That's right, June 1st isn't just the start of National Dairy Month, it's also the official World Milk Day.
The dairy industry in the U.S. is going strong and dairy farmers luckily are meeting the dairy demand wonderfully. While the saying is, As American as apple pie, you could make a case to change that to, As American as dairy, after you see these numbers. We created an infographic to break down some of our favorite stats about dairy foods.
For starters, no dairy cows produce chocolate milk. They produce regular milk products, kids. However, you say whatever you have to tell the kids to get them drinking milk regularly. Whether you live in New York, Wisconsin, or Virginia, dairy farms chug along without little celebration. Use this month to visit a local dairy to learn more about dairy farm families and milk production in America!
With 94 percent of Americans' favorite treats containing dairy products, there's no denying its popularity, even outside of the United States. As summer comes, what better way to celebrate this month of dairy than with ice cream? We're not talking about any ordinary, store-bought ice cream, either. We're talking about the real deal, DIY yummy goodness that can only be made in your kitchen.
Making your own ice cream means you can get as creative as you'd like with fewer chemically-modified ingredients. Rest easy serving this to your family and loved ones with these recipes that provide the essential nutrients that promote strong bones, like calcium and Vitamin D, gleaned from cow's milk without the preservatives in store-bought ice cream.
This is also the perfect way to sneak some fruit and sometimes even veggies into your kids nightly bowl of ice cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth while simultaneously avoiding the pitfalls of store-bought ice cream. To that, we say, Cheers! to World Milk Day.
1. Mint Chocolate Chip
Master your ice cream skills with a well-known classic and this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe. Utilize everyone's favorite in milk, chunks of chocolate chips and peppermint extract and you'll end with a masterpiece.
Did you know that the state drink of Maryland is milk? How's that for dairy dedication?
2. No-Churn Oreo Ice Cream
Mixing one of the best cookies around with the creaminess of a homemade ice cream is a dream unlike no other, and you can make it all in the comfort of your own home.
For this no-churn ice cream, simply crush up some Oreos, add condensed milk and vanilla extract along with whipping cream, and you can be transformed to paradise instantaneously. Get the recipe here.
3. Big Red Ice Cream
What happens when you combine the annual tradition of Texas BBQ with Big Red soda with ice cream? You get the best combination ever, in the mind of Texan.
You can make every day National Milk Day when you whip this up every weekend for the long week ahead. A spoonful at a time helps the weekend come quicker, guaranteed. Find the recipe here.
4. Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
If you're looking for decadence, you can find it here. Mixing a classic cheesecake base and fresh summer blueberries with lemon gives you a homemade ice cream that could make a grown man cry.
Get the recipe here.
5. Coffee Ice Cream
If you like a cup of coffee in the morning, you'll definitely like a bowl of coffee ice cream at night. Use either regular or decaffeinated instant coffee grounds with your milky mix, and buzz out on your creamy creation.
Get the recipe here.
6. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Stay light and on your feet with a berry concoction normally found only in smoothies. This blend of strawberries and bananas will be your go-to homemade concoction for all of your summer get-togethers.
Get the recipe here.
7. No-Churn Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Blueberries, the epitome of summer, make another appearance on this list because the little berries just pairs so well with ice cream. Acidic enough to cut through the rich dairy, blueberries bring this no-churn ice cream recipe to life.
Who even needs an ice cream maker with this recipe?