Fresh Orange Sherbet

"Unlike ice cream, store-bought sherbet is usually third-rate. If you want a really good fruit sherbet, do you have to make it yourself? YES! If using a canister-style ice cream machine, freeze the canister for at least 12 hours or, preferably, overnight. If the canister is not thoroughly frozen, the sherbet will not freeze beyond a slushy consistency. For the freshest, purest orange flavor, use freshly squeezed unpasteurized orange juice (either store-bought or juiced at home). Pasteurized fresh-squeezed juice makes an acceptable though noticeably less fresh-tasting sherbet. Do not use juice made from concentrate, which has a cooked and decidedly unfresh flavor. Vodka can be substituted for the Triple Sec, but I prefer the citrus flavor of the Triple Sec. Prep time includes juice chilling time. Adapted from Cook's Illustrated (America's Test Kitchen."
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Ready In:
3hrs 50mins
1 quart




  • Process zest, sugar, and salt in food processor until damp, ten to fifteen 1-second pulses. With machine running, add orange juice and lemon juice in slow, steady stream; continue to process until sugar is fully dissolved, about 1 minute.
  • Strain mixture through nonreactive fine-mesh strainer into medium bowl; stir in Triple Sec, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in freezer until very cold, about 40 degrees, 30 to 60 minutes. (Alternatively, set bowl over larger bowl containing ice water.) Do not let mixture freeze.
  • When mixture is cold, using whisk, whip cream in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Whisking constantly, add juice mixture in steady stream, pouring against edge of bowl. Immediately start ice cream machine and add juice/cream mixture to canister; churn until sherbet has texture of soft-serve ice cream, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove canister from machine and transfer sherbet to storage container; press plastic wrap directly against surface of sherbet and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours. (Can be wrapped well in plastic wrap and frozen for up to one week.) To serve, let sherbet stand at room temperature until slightly softened and instant-read thermometer inserted into sherbet registers 12 to 15 degrees.

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  1. This sherbet is TO-DIE-FOR !!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out to be the most flavorful and fresh-tasting orange sherbet I have ever eaten. It's that good! Everyone loved the flavor and the texture, which is quite fluffy. I squeezed my own juice and it took about 6 oranges. I made this a second time and used an electric mixer with a whip attachment for whipping the cream and adding in the juice. This seemed to work just fine and saved some effort.
  2. FABULOUS! I used fresh orange juice that I juiced from oranges in our CSA weekly basket. This recipe was pretty easy to make, and the mix before freezing was just like an orange julius. Everyone raved over it and will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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