No, I am not talking about those green ones that are supposed to be full of healthy stuff. I'm talking about the fun ones.
I love ice cream. When I was a kid, the best day of the month was the one where the Schwan's man showed up with a freezer truck full of ice cream. We didn't get a lot of treats, but Dad always bought one of those big tins of ice cream. We took turns ordering our favorite flavors. I nearly always ordered Butter Brickle or Mint Chocolate Chip. If we were feeling flush, there might be a box of fudgesicles, too.
I can order ice cream when I order my groceries to be delivered. But the folks who do the actual shopping work between 6 am and 8 am. My groceries don't arrive at my apartment until between 1 pm and 3 pm. I don't care how good the packaging is for frozen foods, ice cream partially melts before I get it.
I thought about getting an ice cream maker, but my kitchen space is very limited. And most ice cream recipes call for ingredients I don't keep on hand, like whipping cream.
Then I found this recipe:
3 cups frozen fruit
1 to 1/2 cups milk
(add sugar to taste if desired)
Blend in a blender until smooth.
So last month I ordered a variety of fruits - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and bananas. I did sort of a mix-and-match thing and filled freezer bags with 3 cups of fruit in each. Last week I gave it a try and made a batch of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Last evening I whipped up some strawberry and banana. Both were delicious.
The mixture turned out kind of like a cross between a fruity soft serve ice cream and a sherbet. The recipe makes enough for two big bowls, so I just put the second half in a freezer container and froze it for later. It isn't rich and creamy like real ice cream, but it is close enough to satisfy that ice cream craving.
I love it when an experiment actually works. :)