Introduction: Homemade Raspberry Sherbet

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Picking fresh raspberries is one of my favorite things to do. It is calming, a good stress reliever and a great way to start the day. Especially when the leaves are still wet with dew and the berries glisten in the morning sunshine.

Conveniently my 91 year old neighbor has an enormous organic raspberry patch that she lets me pick all of her raspberries out of. She is moving soon and I will be sad to see her go. Somehow I'm going to have to convince the new neighbors to let me pick raspberries next year! I have collected over six pounds so far and after my entire family gorges themselves on fresh raspberries I freeze what's left.

So far I have made raspberry scones, fresh puree for pancakes and waffles, a vinaigrette and raspberry applesauce. Since sherbet is my absolute favorite kind of ice cream raspberry sherbet was the next obvious choice for using up the raspberries. And a good one I might add!!

Step 1: Raspberry Puree

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Before you start on the sherbet you will want to make the puree. You can use fresh or frozen berries. I used frozen berries that weren't prime to eat fresh. Picked, of course, out of the raspberry patch!

There are several ways to make puree:

If you are using fresh berries just blend them and strain them through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.

If you are using frozen berries use the following steps:
1. In a medium saucepan cook 12 ounces of frozen berries and 1/4 cup water over medium heat until berries start to release their juices.
2. Using a spatula, wooden spoon or veggie masher - mash the berries.
3. Remove berries from heat and blend mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.
4. Line a bowl with a fine mesh strainer and pour mixture into strainer.
5. Gently shake the strainer until all you have left are seeds. Discard seeds. You should have approximately 1 1/2 cups of puree. If you have a bit extra drink it up or pour over pancakes in the morning!

Step 2: Ingredients and Recipe

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Making homemade raspberry sherbet is actually very simple compared to proper ice cream. You don't need to cook anything which is a bonus in saving time!

Raspberry Sherbet
1 1/2 c. raspberry puree
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. fresh lemon juice (optional)

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.

Cover bowl and refrigerate mixture for 3-4 hours before freezing in an ice cream machine.

Step 3: Freeze in Ice Cream Machine

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Once mixture has been cooled freeze according to machine instructions. Basically, you just need to make sure your freezer bowl is completely frozen and you don't overfill the bowl with the sherbet mixture!

In my machine it took about 15 minutes to get a soft serve consistency. It is very good this way and irresistible to try! You can see what it looks like in the third picture. Place in a airtight container and freeze longer for a harder consistency - more like traditional sherbet - as in the fourth picture.

Eat and enjoy with more fresh raspberries!


Steen made it! (author)2017-03-31

I don't have an ice cream maker, so I just popped it into the freezer and tried to remember to stir it now and then. It's more crystally than it should be, but never mind. It still tastes good! Also, I forgot to sieve the seeds out. I'm calling it a design feature, not a flaw. It shows it was homemade? But not fresh. I used frozen raspberries. Way to cut corners, Steen!

wold630 (author)Steen2017-03-31

Seeds never bother me, I always strain them out for my kids! Nice job, I'm glad you made it. :)

Cindy02 (author)2013-12-01

Great it looks delicious!

michael63 (author)2013-09-20

This looks so yummy!!! I love it

MagicHonda (author)2013-07-30

What state do you live in for the right climate to plant rasberries.

wold630 (author)MagicHonda2013-07-31

Zone 5.

ForbiddenFig403 (author)2013-07-30

What should one do if they don't own an ice-cream machine?

wold630 (author)ForbiddenFig4032013-07-31

If you don't own an ice cream machine you can still successfully make ice cream. The goal for ice cream/sherbet is to break up the ice crystals that form in the freezer as much as possible to get a smooth creamy texture.

To do this you simply put your ice cream/sherbet mixture in a bowl and place in the freezer. Every hour or so take the mixture out and stir it vigorously - to break up the ice crystals. This will take some time and is easier with a machine but you can accomplish the same consistency with some determination! Good luck!

ForbiddenFig403 (author)wold6302013-07-31

I see! That makes sense :D thank you very much.

RichardBronosky (author)2013-07-30

I don't add sugar to sorbet or waste time with my ice cream maker. I freeze my berries. Put heavy cream in the freezer until it's about 50% frozen. Whip the berries in a food processor and add cream until I like the color and consistency.

I sure do covet your arrangement with your neighbor. My elderly former neighbor lets me take her figs. I don't live in that neighborhood anymore, but I still go back weekly to harvest when they are in season!

gbeltrao (author)2013-07-30

It looks great! Is it hard to grow raspberries? Maybe you can grow yours, since the weather there looks to be favorable to do so!

wold630 (author)gbeltrao2013-07-30

We just started some transplants. They will do well in my zone it will just take a while. I get so many from her patch because she started it 47 years ago!!

Renee! (author)2013-07-30

That looks amazing! Can't wait to try it. Good luck with your new neighbors!

wold630 (author)Renee!2013-07-30

Thank you!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-07-29

I love fresh RASPBERRIES!

No doubt, summer fruit is the best!

redfoxtrystman (author)2013-07-29

We did this a few weeks ago. It was great.

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