Monday, July 21, 2008

Ice Cream Update

Around 25 local raw foodies found themselves piled into my living room and kitchen for a celebration of raw ice cream delights. The picture you see here is the only one that ended up in my camera : ( It was taken the day before the meet up while I was making creamsicles from Everyday Raw. This mixture was so delicious, before or after freezing. It was hard to resist plenty of extra taste tests!

I was delighted with the turnout, but I fear that after just two meetups, we've outgrown my little cottage and it's time to move onto a new, more professional, ample sized facility. I have a couple of options that I'm considering, so we'll see what unfolds. Our next event will most certainly be a group pot luck so everyone can roll their sleeves up and get creative in their raw kitchens!
At our tasting, we sampled these raw ice cream varieties:

Here is the super easy and marvelously delicious sorbet recipe:


2 quarts of fresh berries (I used local blackberries and blueberries from my dad's garden)
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 -ish of pure water

Juice 1 quart of the berries to help reduce seeds. Pour juice and remaining berries, agave and a bit of water into a high speed blender to make 1 1/2 quarts. Chill mixture for about an hour, if possible. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze for about 20 minutes.

Lastly, if you don't have an electric ice cream maker, don't feel as though you can't make wonderful ice cream at home. There are two other options that will also yield a great finished product with just a little effort. Once you have your ice cream base blended and chilled, you can put the mixture into a bowl in your freezer, stirring vigorously every few hours to keep the mixture aerated. Do this throughout the day until the ice cream is completely frozen. Or, if you have a masticating juicer, you can freeze your ice cream base in a large flat casserole pan (about 1 inch thick), then cut into long strips that you can feed into your juicer with the blank plate attachment.


sarabethxvx said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures penni! and you know I LOVE ice cream!

Wendi Dee said...

Congratulations on having growing pains so early in your meetups!!! That's so awesome, Penni!! I love that you are inspiring so many people to learn about raw foods!! Yay!!

It's great that you give different ways for people to create the ice cream. I don't have an ice cream machine, so I do what you suggested with the masticating juicer. It works great. :-)

Did you make a lot of ice cream cones? If so, what did people think of them?

Lots of love to you,


JuJu's Place said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Can you share in the chia seed ice cream recipe?? sounds great! Anything to overcome my sweet tooth with healthy goodness! :)

Birch Center said...

Mmmmmm...looks soooo good. I made raw ice cream today, too, by specific request of my 3-year-old who wanted me to get out the Champion for it and everything! We used frozen pineapple, frozen mango, frozen cherries, yum!
~ Melissa

Anonymous said...

I was at the meetup and let me say I would've been completely satisfied just eating the ice cream cone naked. They were DELISH! I can see grand things in Penni's future. THANK GOODNESS I LIVE IN TULSA:)

Lisa (Pixywinks) said...

Dang fine lookin' treats there. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Pixy Lisa

Blaq Berry said...

Ooooo, Penni... "Yummy yummy YUMMY!!" :D You may have convinced me to finally get an electric ice cream maker...been debating some time whether or not to get one. The Champion works great, as does the VitaMix, but I think it's time for a machine
specifically made for that processing.

It's wonderful to read about your growing community. Lots more good stuff coming to you, Beautiful!!


deaintheraw said...

everything looks so delicious, that is so great that your meetup has grown so quickly.
I wish you were my neighbour, I would relish the opportunity to sample your sorbets and ice creams, well u never know life is full of suprises. Have a wonderful day friend, hope you got some rest. love Dea xo

Ingrid said...

Hi Penni - what a turn out! Congratulations on your success. All the raw ice cream... I can imagine each one was beyond good. I have a 1 lb. bag of Chia seeds that I bought a couple months ago - your Chia ice cream is motivating me to open the bag!

RawCaribe├▒a said...

This will get my son to eat more raw. Is there a recipe for raw green tea ice cream?

HiHoRosie said...

Super yummy! Wow! Looks so darn good!

LolaBloom said...

Oh my gosh, I am drooling looking at the pics and reading the different kinds of ice creams you got to try. I HAVE to try making some soon! I think it will help me big time on the challenge as I have a bad sweet tooth!