vrijdag 22 november 2013

How to Make Frozen Treats without an Ice Cream Maker (Kopie)

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What Keeps the Ice Cream/Sorbet/Yogurt Soft?
If you love frozen treats but don't own an ice cream machine, there's still a way you can make your own home made ice creams, yogurts and sorbets. First you have to add in ingredients to the mixture that keeps it from freezing solid, and secondly you need to mix the liquid you are trying to freeze so no large ice crystals form.

So how do you make a creamy and soft frozen treat? There are a number things you can add to your recipe so it doesn't freeze into ice:

Alcohol

Add 3 - 4 tablespoons of 40 proof + alcohol to a liter (32 oz) of liquid, and the alcohol will keep the ice cream / sorbet / yogurt from being hard. Vodka, Amaretto, Gin, White Wine or Flavored Liquors will all work.

Sugar

Lots of Sugar in your freezing liquid will also help to prevent it from freezing hard, but if you want a sugar free fruit sorbet or splenda sweetened ice cream, you will have to use the other methods mentioned.

Gelatin or Agar Agar

If you add a teaspoon of agar agar powder or unflavored gelatin per liter (32 oz) of liquid, it will prevent the frozen treat from turning to ice and gives it a nice creamy texture. This works especially great for sorbets.

Fat

Fats do not freeze. Try putting some olive oil into the freezer and see what happens. If your treat has plenty of fat, like cream, egg yolks, or milk fats, it will be creamier and have a smoother texture. Of course if you are making fat free frozen yogurt or fat free sorbet, this might not be the way to go.

Now for the Freezing and Mixing:

First pour the liquid you intend to freeze into a tupperware container or large yogurt container.

Put this container into your home Freezer

Every 20 minutes take the container out of the freezer, and mix it really well with a fork, hand blender, or whisk. Make sure to break up any ice pieces into small bits and incorporate air into the mix.

After 2 - 3 hours you should have a frozen desert!

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