You already know that you don't need to have an ice-cream maker to make your own frozen treats at home. Sometimes a food processor (or even a blender) will do. And, of course, there's always the trusty wooden spoon. Even if you opt to use the most basic method to make your own ice cream, you probably think of it as a modern confection.
Ice cream's been around for a long time — it predates electronic appliances, not to mention refrigerators and freezers. You may be surprised to learn that the Victorians tried their hand at making it. But make it they did. The English Heritage website explains that they enjoyed a wide variety of flavors, including cucumber. Cucumber ice cream may sound a little unusual, but then again nowadays we enjoy everything from green tea to red bean.
Check out the English Heritage Victorian cook whip up a batch in the kitchens of Audley End House in Essex.
How neat is that?
h/t English Heritage