Sunday, September 28, 2008

Attempting Grape Sherbet

My daughter enjoyed the Hola Fruta! so she thought we should try making our own sherbet this week. We went to Walmart to pick a juice concentrate to mix with the milk for the sherbet. I should know better by now, but she went by color, so we wound up going with Welch's concord grape concentrate = the purple container.

The base was originally 1 cup of grape concentrate, 2.5 cups of 2% milk, and 1/2 cup of half & half to make up for the missing fat from the 2% milk. The flavor was very strong, so the list went on: 2 tablespoons of sugar, another cup of 2% (with a bit of half & half), couple more table spoons of sugar. Still strong, but we dumped most of the mix into the Ice-20 anyway (it wouldn't all fit).

The finished product is decent, but still potent. My daughter's first comment was "it's not bad, but it's not good either". Oh man, that's something I would say. As always, her opinion was quickly changed as she dug in. She went with a second dixie cup of taste testing by the time all was said and done. My wife also enjoyed it, definitely different than our past experiments.

On Second Scoop: The flavor has mellowed a bit, basically tastes like a grape popsicle now ...well, a milky grape popsicle anyway. You know, store sherbet often uses skim milk, so maybe I could try taking it down a notch sometime and see what happens (a nice ultra pasteurized 1% milk might work)

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