Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pine Island Mango Ice Cream

Yesterday I went to my friend's house to give her some of the extra mangoes I got on Pine Island. She was very happy to get them. She is the friend who makes excellent mango pound cakes, so we naturally began discussing ways to prepare some of these many mangoes we both now had. I do not know how we got onto ice cream, but we did. My friend told me she had an extra ice cream machine and I could use it.

When I got home with the ice cream machine my kids immediately wanted to make some. I first looked at the recipes that came with the machine. We would make the vanilla ice cream as a base for the mango ice cream. The kids and I went to the grocery to get the ingredients (they are more expensive than just buying a gallon or two of ice cream, but the experience and memory of making your own are priceless).

I diced the mangoes and pureed them. I would need five cups of the puree. My daughter and I measured out the milk, half and half, whipping cream, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. I scalded the milk, then added the remaining ingredients and stirred until the sugar dissolved and put this in the fridge for 30 minutes.

30 minutes daughter and I put the container of milk mixture in the ice cream machine bucket, affixed the motor and plugged it in. As the container is spinning we layer rock salt and ice in the bucket around it. It runs for 40 minutes. I open the container and see the vanilla ice cream slurry. It has the consistency of mashed potatoes. I add the mango puree.

After the mango puree is mixed with the vanilla ice cream, I transfer the mix to a plastic container and put this in the freezer. We will not be able to eat the mango ice cream until the next day. My daughter and I did taste the mixture before we put it in the would become five quarts of very delicious mango ice cream.

Today I took some of the ice cream to the friend who loaned me the machine. She and her husband also proclaimed it to be very delicious. I am pleased with my first batch of homemade ice cream. I have some strawberries in my freezer...


  1. That ice cream looks SO GOOD! I visited a mango orchard on a trip to Mexico several years ago. Those were the best mangoes I have ever tasted.
    Bonnie (Kim's sister)

  2. Jill, do you remember the chinese people that Lori brought over from IU, they brought mangoes, they were very tastey. Your family in Carmel

  3. Ok, YUM!
    I am inspired to make some homemade ice cream now!