In such hot weather in most countries, find something to refresh becomes a daily thing, that's for sure.When you only drink iced tea or soda to refresh for several week, It not only becomes boring but harmful too. That's why there are popsicles and ice cream as another way to freshen up, made mostly of natural products are very healthy plus you can make them at home to your taste!
In this Instructable I want to show several of the recipes that are prepared in my house. I not just put one recipe, because I would have to choose the best, and the truth is that they are all delicious. So this Instructable will be more like a "compilation" of the recipes that we prepare in my home, which will be updated each time we prepare something new! I will try to add more recipes as soon I prepare them at home, so keep checking!
But first, we'll go for some tips and basics when preparing Popsicles and ice cream, just to get into ... Heat?
PS: I do not usually use measurements in my recipes, because I do everything empirically, even if I follow a recipe from a book or TV, I just look the ingredients and then I choose quantities. I will try to give some proportions so you can do any amount and not be limited to a specific amount, but I also recommend trying your own amounts and experience every taste =)
When preparing Ice cream or Popsicles, some people may find that they don't have what it needs to do it, even sometimes think that if it is not with a specific mold for it, they can not do it. Well, luckily this mentality is being lost and even more with the help of hundreds of ideas here at Instructables.
So the main thing to be taken to prepare a Popsicle or ice cream is to have a mold, any mold, either a brand, made for it, a glass, a plastic one or anything (See photos). Include a few sticks or spoons to put into our palette or ice cream. If you can get rustic wooden sticks would be better, it will stick to any preparation.
The other point to consider are the ingredients. The end result will always depend on the quality of the ingredients. If we make a ice cream of berries, but we did not realize that half of them were damaged, the result will not be pleasant. So, always choose the freshest or ideal for each recipe.
The sweetener. Although you can use sugar, I think it is preferable to use honey. It is a natural sweetener with a pleasant sweetness in small amounts and not as strong as it could be with sugar. It dissolves much easier too, even in the thickest mixtures.
Milk as an ingredient to create a creamy mixture is highly recommended. Preferably whole milk. You can also reach creamy texture by adding cornstarch (previously prepared in the oven and let stand).
Another way to thicken a mixture is with banana. In this case we must take into account that bananas contains some sweetness, so we use much less honey. Personally I prefer to use bananas that are "being damaged", those who are getting dark. Why? The fact that look like damaged it doesn't mean they are really damaged. Yes, they are fermenting, but still edible. In this fermented state, natural sweetness increases and the mixture gets even thicker. As additional tip, if you have not do it before, prepare a banana juice with milk using fermented bananas, will make it even more delicious.
Finally, using frozen fruits to prepare the mixtures , helps to speed up the process in the fridge. And frozen fruits preserves better, such as banana, mango, blackberries and strawberries, among others. (The watermelon is not recommended to freeze, it will lose their texture)
If you have trouble removing your Popsicle from mold, try to put it down running water for a few seconds, at least 30 seconds, and try to get it out again. For plastic molds that can be pressed, tap the bottom with your finger, it will be enough. This trick works if you are re-using molds of Snack Packs.
Now, finally, let's start with the recipes!