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The trickiest thing to make in your blender is when you use it as an ice cream maker. Once you get it down, it’s a BREEZE!
Just remember ONE THING: KNOW YOUR ICE!!
FOR BLENDTEC & VITAMIX: We usually add wet ingredients and/or fruit, then finish by filling with ice near the top of the 64oz blending jar – usually around 4 cups of ice. That is if NO FROZEN FRUIT is used.
Use less ice if using frozen fruit.
Our recipes assume that you will be using crescent- shaped ice cubes (the kind from your ice cube tray or maker). If using different kinds of ice, you may need to adjust the amounts of ice used in each recipe.
Crushed Ice: Increase amount of ice by ½ cup
Tray Ice: Allow ice to sit out for 5 minutes before using
Wet/melted ice (such as store bought OR long sitting home ice): Increase amount of ice by ½ cup
Keep in Mind: Ice Cream is similar to baking – measurements matter!
Meaning: 4 oz of liquid means 4 oz – too much liquid and it will be runny, too little it will have ice crystals
FOR BLENDTEC: If you have too much ice, the ingredients freeze up in the blending jar – forming an air pocket around the blade. If this occurs, stop the machine, pick the jar up off the base ad shake out the air pocket. Then replace jar onto base and use the speed up key to speed 3 for a few seconds, then to speed 10 until a star shape forms at the top. Hit any button to stop machine once star shape forms, do not let it run the full timed cycle or it will start to melt the ice cream.
If you have too little ice, the blend will be runny. If this occurs, add 2 oz of ice and follow steps as above.
FOR VITAMIX: You will definitely need to use the tamper to push the ice down into the blade and crush it. The tamper should prevent any cavitation, just keep blending until you see the swirl shape form at the top and it’s a thick consistency. Again do not overblend.
SUBSTITUTE TIP: To change an ice cream recipe into a lowfat/no fat recipe, substitute the cream with any of the following options: non-dairy creamer (we like healthy So Delicious), lowfat or skim milk, or milk substitutes such as coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk or soy milk.
SUBSTITUTE TIP: When the recipe calls for sugar, you may use any kind of desired sweetener (we recommend keeping it natural with honey, stevia, or dates) If you are using a liquid sweetener, such as honey, then use only 1/3 the amount that the recipe calls for.