Monday, June 20, 2011

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream

There are umpteen reasons to go wild about these wild blueberries. For starters ,its one of the best anti-aging and anti-cancer foods ,also known to promote healthy vision and maintain heart health.

Difference between Wild and Cultivated Blueberries

Wild blueberries are distinct from cultivated blueberries in several significant ways.Unlike cultivated (highbush) blueberries, Wild (lowbush) Blueberries are not planted. They are spread primarily by rhizomes or underground runners, which give rise to new shoots and stems. Wild Blueberry fields and barrens contain many different varieties of berries, which accounts for the variations in size and color that characterize the Wild Blueberry crop.
Other differences include:

Antioxidant capacity - Wild Blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin and demonstrate greater antioxidant capacity per serving than cultivated blueberries.
Taste - Wild Blueberries have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste than cultivated blueberries
Size - Wild Blueberries are naturally smaller and more compact (less water content) than cultivated, which means you get more Wild Blueberries per pound.
Performance - Wild Blueberries hold their shape, texture and color through a variety of baking and manufacturing process. They also freeze very well: IQF Wild Blueberries maintain their quality for more than two years.

Wild Blueberry Health

One of my favorite ways to enjoy the wild blueberries is in an non-fat yogurt. Also this Wild blueberry Ice-cream is truly a sensational summer treat. The method remains same as other dairy-free healthy ice creams inspired by Rachel's original recipe.

: Dairy free Wild Blueberry Ice-cream ,inspired by Rachel Albert-Matesz's Ice Dream Cookbook.Find my review here.

Yields 1 3/4 cup
one 14 ounce can Coconut milk(preservative free,I use Thai Kitchen brand)
2 cups frozen Wild blueberries
1/4 cup honey,agave nectar or 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cool or cold filtered water
2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin or 3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder (not the flakes)
pinch of salt

1.Warm the water in small sauce pan.Sprinkle the gelatin or agar-agar,do no stir,let dissolved completely 4-5 minutes.Turn off the heat.
2.Process the 1 cup of blueberries in a food processor or vitamix along with the coconut milk,sweetener(honey or agave),salt,the gelatin or agar-agar mixture and blend again until well combined and smooth.
3-Pour into one or more wide-mouthed jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before churning.

4-Scrape the chilled custard into the canister of your ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Mix in the remaining 1 cup of frozen blueberries.

5-Serve immediately or spoon into several 8-to 16-ounce freezer safe containers. Cover and freeze for 3 or more hours for a firmer texture.

6-Soften solidly frozen dessert by placing it in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.Garnish with fresh mango slices

Without the Ice cream machine method
After the step 2,transfer the Ice Cream mixture in to a freezer proof container,preferably air tight.Freeze for about an hour,then get the container out and whisk the mixture using a spatula or hand held whisk or electric whisk to break the ice crystals forming over the edges of the container.Freeze and whisk again after 30-40 minutes ,repeat this for about 6 hours until the mixture is almost frozen.Serve immediately or freeze.Do as in step 6 to serve.


Jeannie said...

Looks like everyone's turning to icecreams to cool down:D This version looks just as delicious as those done by other bloggers:) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Divine! I love blueberries, and especially the wild kind.



Priya said...

Omg, fabulous icecream, never seen those wild blueberry yet here, fantastic..

sophia smith said...

Wow..Its looking so delicious..I never taste such ice-cream..I wish to taste it..

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Jay said...

looks real yummy...wanna try this now..:)
Tasty Appetite

Nitha said...

What a colour.. Never had blueberry icecream.. But love the icecream for its colour :)

Nithya said...

Damn attractive icecream. I love the color so much :) yummmmmmm

evidenta contabila said...

Hmm in my opinion it looks so good and for sure it is delicious, so i will give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing this great recipe with us.

Mona said...

Yasmeen, cherries, berries and stone fruits are what I was introduced to after coming to Canada. They are my favorite. Even I have been binging on these fruits in every form possible to enjoy these seasonal fruits. The ice cream looks heavenly.

Biny Anoop said...

dat looks great...i love blueberry in any form and icecream is a treat

divya said...

looks awesome dear..lovely recipe.

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Manju said...

I was chatting on twitter about my favorite kind of icecream being aything with berries and I see this in my about coincidence :)

health said...

wow............. i want that icecream!!!!

levitra said...

Wow I like ice cream very much It is yummy to see the recipe of it Thanks for sharing it.It is really great and excited to visit your blog.

bilant said...

Hmmm very nice and good, and for sure delicious. It is a very easy recipe and refreshing, so, i will give it a try.Thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous said...

Can you use the low fat coconut milk?

Yasmeen said...

low fat milk will not give a creamy texture , I recommend thick coconut milk.

Anonymous said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!! beautifully made food with great care the wonderful presentation and the lovely step by step demo. very innovative

Sara Michelle said...

What a decadent treat!!
I have some blueberries on my counter right now that NEED to be transformed into this ice cream!!
Can't wait to try!!

Muneeba said...

I've GOT to make this before summer comes to an end ... fasting or not .. I need to find the time to make and enjoy this!

purchase hcg online said...

Ooooh! looks like all my favorite food blogs are crazy about blueberries! :) This looks sooooo sinfully yummy!

pebble beach estates said...

I didn't know that, thanks for the info on wild blueberries. I got used to the regular blueberries. :) Can they be used for blueberry cheese cakes as well?

Anyway, thanks again! Your ice cream looks great.

teacheranne27 said...

Omg I wanted to grab this ice cream off my screen ! It looks delish

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