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 Post subject: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:33 pm 
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I had one nightmarishly unsuccessful encounter with making my own silken tofu ice cream, but I refuse to give up. Any tips or sure-fire recipes (bonus if it can be made without an actual ice-cream maker, 'cos I'm super cheap and don't have one :D)?


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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:29 pm 
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I don't have an actual recipe as my ice creams are different all the time, and i usually use an ice cream maker, but the same sort of principals apply for getting ice cream and not an ice block. Basically the more fat and sugar the smoother and less icy it will be. I use cashews, coconut milk and homemade almond milk most of the time as a base. You could try these -

- for a part of the sugar use a liquid sweetener
- add a small amount of alcohol (i use a couple tbs vodka for about a litre/ quart icecream)
- use thickeners. For vanilla ice cream i use xanthan gum, glutinous rice flour and agar. These bind excess water and help prevent ice crystals. Guar gum and other starches work too. By using more than one of these i can avoid it being too gummy/starchy/ whatever.

I have made a couple of no-churn ice creams using Miyoko Schinners flax meringue. They have turned out amazingly well - super smooth and immediately scoopable from the freezer. I plan to eventually make a proper recipe for this ice cream. But basically it requires beating plenty of sugar into the meringue, then folding in a rich, xanthan thickened mix cashew/almond/coconut milk.


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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:27 pm 
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the above advice from Loomi is excellent.


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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Used ice-cream makers are to be had for cheap at thrift stores (around here, any way), in case you decide to cave.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:24 pm 
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I've really loved everything I've tried from Vegan a la Mode. The recipes are super creative, and don't just rely on one base with different flavours. So there are a ton of methods to play around and have fun with.

I haven't tried to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, but they're the kind of thing that often seems to be on sale (mine was when I got it, and so was the one I bought for my sister in law for Christmas) so it's worth keeping an eye out. I've used mine so much that it's definitely paid for itself by now!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:27 pm 
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suggestion recipe: http://robinrobertson.com/cherry-chocol ... ice-cream/

i made this awhile back, and while i love so many of robin's recipes and cookbooks, for me personally, i felt it was a bit too banana-y

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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:00 pm 
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I can't deal with "ice cream" that is mainly banana based. Drives me crazy! The rest of the flavours look good - wonder if it would work with a coconut cream/soy base?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:49 am 
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Check out the book Vegan Scoop. All the recipes work perfectly. They call for milk and creamer and we've found Trader Joe's almond milk and soy creamer give the best texture and a clean flavor.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:02 am 
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veganbaking.net has several... here's the one I'm using -
http://www.veganbaking.net/ice-cream-and-sorbet/751-vanilla-ice-cream#.UTP07Xy9KK2


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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:49 am 
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I have free recipes on my blog for ice creams, from my cookbook.

If you don't have an ice cream machine, you can use a fork to break up the ice crystals every hour or so until frozen. I used to do an in-between method: freeze until half frozen, throw in the blender and blend a few seconds, until you get slush, then freeze until completely frozen.

If you like ice cream, dish out $20 for an ice cream machine. It will change your life!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:33 pm 
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Oh wow - thank you for all the suggestions/recipes :D :) I think a cheap ice cream maker may be the way to go - good vegan ice cream trumps cheapness this time ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Ice cream tips?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:46 pm 
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For what it's worth, I scored an ice cream maker at an outlet store for $25, which was about half price. Often outlet malls have coupons and things you can ask for so you might be able to get a good deal on something like that.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Hannah Kaminsky's Vegan Ice Cream A'la Mode

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