Homemade Watermelon Ice Cream

Homemade Watermelon Ice Cream created by GardenguyAZ

This ice cream is so fluffy and light, and not overly sweet. If you are wondering why the vodka is necessary, it is because watermelon has a high water content which tends to ice up in the freezer. Since the vodka has a high alcohol content, it displaces the ice crystals so that the whole mixture doesn’t turn into a solid block of ice once it’s left in the freezer to ripen. When you pull it out of the freezer, if there is any left to put into the freezer, be assured you will need to let it thaw some before you will be able to scoop some out. Again, this is due to the water content.

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  • Remove the black seeds from the cubes if needed. Puree the watermelon cubes. Press the watermelon puree through a sieve to remove any chunks or seeds. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until the sugar is fully incorporated. Put into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
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"This ice cream is so fluffy and light, and not overly sweet. If you are wondering why the vodka is necessary, it is because watermelon has a high water content which tends to ice up in the freezer. Since the vodka has a high alcohol content, it displaces the ice crystals so that the whole mixture doesn’t turn into a solid block of ice once it’s left in the freezer to ripen. When you pull it out of the freezer, if there is any left to put into the freezer, be assured you will need to let it thaw some before you will be able to scoop some out. Again, this is due to the water content."
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  1. Dr. Cohen
    Food professionals should be able to give recipe amounts by weight. What is a "cup of watermelon cubes"??
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  2. Jordan Alexis O.
    Instead of vodka, I used 4 tablespoons of bitters and it made the smoothest, creamiest ice cream and really brought a punch to the watermelon flavor. I froze rounded scoops of the ice cream and served them in dessert glasses with ginger ale. Divine!
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  3. SusanTG
    Is the idea to use the pulp and not the juice in this recipe? Also, I've seen vodka or another alcohol in this and other ice cream recipes. Does this help cut down on iciness (sp?)
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  4. Angela J.
    I may or may not sit here w/my soon & finish it all without sharing. I did tweak mine: since I drained the liquid into a pitcher (3c worth), I added more another 2c watermelon (before draining it). And, I didn't want to go to the store so I used some lemon rum instead. Can't taste it, & the alcohol content was similar. It wasn't icy at all.
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  5. pgoyett
    I was looking for a watermelon ice cream recipe that I can feed my grandkids I was thinking if you put vodka in it you can't give it to you bring kids do you have anything else I can do? And also why do you have to freeze watermelon?
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