Make These Delicious Frozen Desserts Without an Ice Cream Maker

The weather is warming and my thoughts have turned towards ice cream. There’s something extra satisfying about whipping up your own frosty treats, but not everyone has an ice cream machine. Let’s run through a few of our favorite frozen desserts that you can make without any special equipment.

Source: Make These Delicious Frozen Desserts Without an Ice Cream Maker

One thing about American condensed milk is that it tends to taste of weird plastic – I think from the heat of pre-canning. Latin American condensed milk didn’t use to taste this way but with manufacturing changes it just might, I no longer know what’s what.  But I think that Vietnamese condensed milk, if you can get it (Amazon carries it), is the one that still tastes great and not plasticky at all.

Semifreddo. There are a billion recipes out there but the easiest is 1 pint heavy cream whipped to sitff peaks. Fold in 1 jar of lemon curd a bit at a time.. Pour into a saran wrap lined loaf pan. Cover tightly with more saran and freeze.To serve: remove from pan, slice and nom-nom-nom.

Alton Brown Makes a Gallon of Carbonated Ice Cream in 10 Seconds Flat

Food Network star Alton Brown is about to start on his second national culinary variety show, the Eat Your Science tour. As he prepares to embark on his journey, he invited Popular Science to his secret workshop to see the Mega Bake and the Jet Cream, the stars of his first national tour, the Edible Inevitable tour.

Remember the good old days of egg creams? There’s just something about carbonation and ice cream that goes so well together. Brown has found a way to create carbonated ice cream using fire extinguishers and office water coolers, and it only takes 10 seconds to make. Behold, the Jet Cream.

Source: Alton Brown’s Jet Cream

There’s a video on that link, tad less than 5 minutes long.

I’ve seen him a couple times. Maybe 3-4 years ago we sat in the third row and I got a bit of frozen blueberry on my shirt when he did something similar with a smoothie and co2. The people right up front were given ponchos and they got covered.

He does a good live show. Even threw some shade on a couple Food Network personalities.

Make Colorful, Tangy Sprinkles Out of Dried Fruit

On a new-year-new-you kick and all about that clean-eating life? God knows I’m not, but I’m all about experimenting in the kitchen and looking into ways to cut out any unnecessary added sugar and preservatives. Enter these technicolor “sprinkles,” made from at-home dehydrated citrus zest and unsweetened, freeze-dried fruit.

Source: Recipe: Sugar-Free Citrus & Fruit Sprinkles

Because there’s no sugar, the flavour will be sour/bitter.

This would be perfect for those that like to buy plain yogurt because they want to avoid added sugars and other ingredients. You could make your own fruit powders using a dehydrator, or your oven on its lowest setting, and then just toss the dust into a salt shaker with some rice to help keep the moisture out and increase its shelf life (but you would probably want to store it in the fridge when not in use).

Combine Ice Cream and Cold Brew For a Tasty Pick-Me-Up

The other afternoon I was struck by “that 2:30 feeling” and a hankering for something sweet at the same time. Being torn between the pint of cardamom ice cream in the freezer and the cold brew concentrate in the fridge, I combined the two.

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Now I want a beer float…

Cold brew concentrate has significantly more caffeine per ounce, so that would be the major benefit/difference from using normal hot brew coffee.

Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

If you have candy canes sitting around after the holidays, you can turn them into a tasty peppermint topping for cookies, ice cream, and even coffee. All you need is a hammer, or better yet, a food processor.

Source: Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

They’re not kidding about the airtight container for storage, folks. I tried this earlier this month when making cookies & thought it would be okay to leave the crushed candy canes in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Nope! Everything solidified onto the surface of the bowl the next day.

TLDR: Moisture will ruin your minty dust!

How Did They Make Ice Cream in the 17th Century?

History’s first confirmed ice cream graced the court of Charles II in 1671. It was made using a special flavor, orange blossom, and one very special chemical ingredient that made ice cream without refrigeration possible in the first place.

Source: How Did They Make Ice Cream in the 17th Century?

This is horrifyingly fascinating. I always imagined saltpeter to be nothing a body should ingest, though I never thought to research it.  It was used outside the container with the ice, not mixed into the cream. So…

Think You Hate White Chocolate? Try It Caramelized to Add Deep, Complex Flavor

Caramelized white chocolate is a mind-blowingly simple and delicious technique that will silence all the alleged white-chocolate haters out there. The process, which we use in these Coconut-Lime Snowballs, involves melting white chocolate in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet and cooking it at a low temperature (between 200° and 250°) until the sugars caramelize. The final flavor is surprisingly complex and nutty, somewhere between dulce de leche, butterscotch, and caramel.

Source: Think You Hate White Chocolate? Caramelize It

It’s not even chocolate to begin with…

A Foolproof 5-Ingredient Ice Cream, No Cooking Required

A spectacular summer ice cream recipe with just two steps and five ingredients.

…while most recipeswith or without eggsrequire some cooking, today’s creamy blackberry lemon ice cream does not. Instead, it relies on sweetened condensed milk to thicken the mixture.

Source: Only 2 Steps and 5 Ingredients Stand Between You and This Ice Cream

Summer ice cream?  Ice cream is always in season.

Couple of points to be made:

  1. The recipe calls for half-and-half – effectively off limits for lactose intolerant, and depending on strictness – vegetarianism.  There is vitamin K in half-and-half too – we don’t get out unscathed either.
  2. Evaporated milk is not condensed milk.  Or, I need to find a recipe that uses evaporated milk… 😉
  3. All traditional ice cream has a custard base (cream, milk, sugar, and egg yolks). For more information on that, see this NYTimes article.  The difference between frozen custard and ice cream is mainly two things (and one of them is not a non-custard base): 1) milk fat percentage; and 2) serving temperature.

Make Your Dips, Dressings, and Drinks a Little More Probiotic with Kefir

Tangy kefir is like a pourable, drinkable version of yogurt. It’s praised for containing good-for-you probiotics that aid in healthy digestion. While kefir makes for a delicious beverage all on its own, there are a lot of other smart ways you can put this fermented drink to work in the kitchen.

This fermented dairy drink is similar to yogurt and buttermilk, and makes an ideal stand-in for both. You can pick up a bottle of kefir in the dairy aisle at the grocery store, or you can skip the lines and make your own at home.

Source: 5 Smart Ways You Could Be Using Kefir in Your Cooking

It can be used in pretty much any recipe that calls for un-fermented dairy. Use it in place of buttermilk, spoon for spoon, in savory dressings and dips, or as a tart milk substitute in smoothies, lassis, or even frozen yogurt. (Wanna get next level? Make your own!)

That said, I can’t find any substantial nutritional data on kefir.  One source claims it has vitamin K, yet [the similar] yogurt has very little vitamin K.  I advise caution and frequent testing if kefir is not already part of your consistent diet.