Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream (non-dairy)

Prep Time 1.5 hours
Yield: 5 quarts
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly about 10 Days

Ingredients

Notes
1 Gallon Coconut Milk, Unsweetened In dairy cooler at Publix
2 cups Sugar Original recipe calls for “organic cane sugar (sub to half with agave nectar or maple syrup).” Note: may affect texture???
3 ½ Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tbsp Whiskey (Bourbon is fine) See untested alternatives below
1 Box Ice cream (rock) salt Note: No real saving on salt or ice in the freezer for the ½ recipe, since the machine still needs to churn with the same ice cold outer mixture.
2 bags 20 pounds ice

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, vanilla and ½ gallon coconut milk in the ice cream freezer, with a wooden spoon. Then add the remaining ½ gallon coconut milk and stir and the 3 tablespoons of whiskey.
  2. Churn in the ice cream freezer until it stops, in about ½ hour.
  3. Let sit and harden in the freezer for ½ hour, before removing from the freezer.

Culinary Tradition:   USA, special diet

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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COMMENTS:

  •  Not bad. Everyone liked the recipe.
  •  Not as smooth and creamy as my best (cooked) dairy based home made ice cream recipe.
  •  There was a slight coconut taste. Discernible, but not overpowering. Hidden with a bit of chocolate syrup.
  •  The texture changes somewhat over time. It was somewhat more crumbly and crystallized each day. The bourbon was added to prevent/slow this process, and did help considerably, compared to no whiskey.

OTHER UNTESTED SUGGESTIONS:

  •  The following were other suggestions compared to no whiskey. Remember, the whiskey is added to make the mixture smoother, especially over time; not for the taste. The taste and alcohol content is not discernible, at this level.
  • This recipe starts to crystalize after a day. Online ideas to stop/slow crystallization—NOT all at once — not tested…
    • Churn less than capacity, to incorporate more air when churning; or
    • Add corn starch; or
    • Use agave, especially since the syrupy nature of agave helps prevent ice crystals from forming, keeping the ice cream very smooth (or use some honey); or
    • Add one Tbsp pectin (Publix, Sure-Gel Pectin)