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Melba’s Swap Shop: Juding ice cream is a cool job
Oklahoman Published: August 20, 2014
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JUDGING ICE CREAM

IS COOL JOB

DEAR READERS: The first Oklahoma County Free Fair was held 100 years ago. It’s come a long way. They had food contests then, but no homemade ice cream contest. They do now, and they always have many entries, because anyone who lives in Oklahoma County can enter. How cool is that!

Bring the ice cream to the fair in the freezer. A tip for keeping the ice cream frozen longer, if using the churn-type freezer, refrigerate all ingredients before making the ice cream mixture. The day of the contest, freeze mixture by freezer directions. After freezing, pour off the water from the freezer, carefully wiping off the lid. Replace container, carefully replace the lid, and repack the freezer with fresh ice and salt. Cover entire freezer top with any heavy material, even wet newspapers. This should keep the mixture frozen longer.

LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County extension director, asked Sandy Killian and me to judge the ice cream contest again this year. An easy decision for us. Of course we will. The contest will be at 6 p.m. Friday, in the Centennial Building at State Fair Park. For more information, go to http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma/2014-county-free-fair or call 713-1125. Come on out. When we have chosen the winners, we’ll invite you to do your own taste test. See you Friday.

— Melba

FISHING FOR RECIPE

DEAR MELBA: I loved the Fish Tacos served at Pearl’s Lakeside Restaurant on Lake Hefner a few years ago. They were served with a delicious sauce that I have not found at any other restaurant. Hopefully, someone will know how these tacos were prepared and will share a recipe for making the sauce.

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