Recipes

Blueberry Ripple Ice Cream

July 12, 2016

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I have made it my mission this summer to perfect vegan ice cream. Guess what?! I’m getting close, real close! I have only used coconut milk; I feel that since it is one of the only milks that has full fat it works best. My mom doesn’t really care for the taste of coconut so I would love to come up with a way to make it with an alternative milk, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

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I have made a few very important conclusions so far. The first is, the brand of coconut milk matters, much to my surprise. I have used three different kinds and unfortunately, the most expensive brand from Whole Foods seems to work the best. Each brand that I have used have been organic, the first was Kroger’s Simple Truth, the second was a store brand from our local health food store, and the one that worked best was one that I found in the international isle at Whole Foods. This label reads: Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk by Native Forest (it’s a green label). This coconut milk provided the most creamy, luscious consistency. I thought the creaminess was due to a couple of other circumstances but it was, in fact, the milk itself. The other brands were creamy but still contained a bit of icy texture.

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My second conclusion is that you must refrigerate the base mixture overnight. The starch and milk set better when left longer. The first time I made ice cream, I was so excited that I only chilled it for a few hours and it just wasn’t as tasty.

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The last conclusion is that if you don’t eat the ice cream as soft serve and place it back in the freezer so that you can scoop it, it is best after about 2 hours in the freezer. Once it stays in the freezer any longer, like all ice cream, it becomes completely frozen through. This just means that you have to allow it to thaw for about 20 minutes in order to scoop it.

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So this is what I think so far but we still have the rest of the summer to figure out any other kinks in the ice cream making world. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Alicia@ Eco Natural Soap July 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Will be making this really soon!

    • Reply melissahaithcock July 12, 2016 at 9:08 PM

      Oh I can’t wait for you to try it! Let me know what you think 🙂

  • Reply Mom July 12, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    I will try it again. It looks so yummy! She’s the best!!❤️

    • Reply melissahaithcock July 12, 2016 at 9:06 PM

      Thanks mom!

  • Reply Jeanie July 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Hi Melissa,
    I’m probably just missing something but where is it best to add the sea salt?
    This looks delicious, thanks!

    • Reply Melissa Ann July 26, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      Hi Jeanie! Thanks for asking. I may have left that out of the instructions and if I did, I’ll quickly fix it! It’s best to add the sea salt in the mixture when you are cooking the cream mixture on the stove. I hope you enjoy!

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