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Since we’re currently experiencing the most intense days of summer, I thought that an ice cream giveaway would be in order! Today I’m offering you a chance to win an ice cream maker like mine plus a quart of the vegetable glycerin I use in most of my ice cream recipes. Keep scrolling to learn more and enter!
This is the ice cream maker that we’ve been using for years! We’ve always been very happy with it, and nearly all of my recipes are formulated for this size machine. This machine has an aluminum canister that you keep in your freezer. When you’re ready to make ice cream, simply put the frozen bowl on the rotating stand, put the plastic blade inside, cover with the plastic dome, turn the machine on, and pour your ice cream mixture into the rotating bowl! The ice cream is usually finished churning within 20 minutes. (The firmness of the finished product will vary according to the ingredients you use.)
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Vegetable glycerin is a unique ingredient that doesn’t have any direct substitutions to my knowledge. This glycerin gives the ice cream a creamier consistency (not so icy) and keeps it from sticking to the sides of the ice cream maker. Here’s an article that explains vegetable glycerin in more detail. From the information I’ve been able to find, it is thought that vegetable glycerin does not have a significant impact on blood sugar, so it’s safe for us Trim Healthy Mamas to use. (I only use 1-2 T. in my ice cream recipes, so it’s not a large amount.) If you don’t have vegetable glycerin, you can just omit it in my ice cream recipes, but I really do prefer the texture with vegetable glycerin quite a lot over the texture without it! I usually purchase my vegetable glycerin off of Amazon (this brand right here), but you can also find it at some local grocery stores, often in the skincare department. Since these are not tested as food products, you may not find a clear answer about whether or not they should be consumed, but as long as the product is 100% vegetable glycerin and doesn’t have a poison warning on the label, you should be fine. I know that NOW brand is safe, and of course the brand linked above is what I’ve been using for quite some time now. I don’t recommend purchasing vegetable glycerin from a cake decorating store; those products are meant to keep frosting soft and from anecdotal evidence it seems that they’re a good deal stronger than the glycerin I typically use and you might get a funny aftertaste.
Popular Ice Cream Recipes:
Peanut Butter Ice Cream (NF, pg. 219)
Horsetracks Ice Cream (NF, pg. 218)
Butter Pecan Ice Cream (NF, pg. 220)
Brownie Batter Ice Cream (NF, pg. 225)
Special Occasion Ice Cream (NF, pg. 237)
Dairy-Free Ice Cream (NF, pg. 239)
(You can find ice cream recipes that don’t require an ice cream maker in my ice cream recipe index as well.)
The “Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts” section in my cookbook contains 44 recipes as well as a section of tips, tricks, and answers to FAQs about making healthy ice cream! Don’t miss the Grasshopper Pie recipe on page 254!
All entries must be made through the Rafflecopter entry box below. If you have trouble entering, please try from another device or browser. Contest ends Aug. 9 at 12 AM and the winner will be contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. The prize will be shipped to US residents only; if the winner does not have a US address, I will send him or her $60 USD via PayPal. Thanks for entering!