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tip for adding fruit to homemade ice cream?

i made strawberry ice cream using a cuisinart ice cream maker. it was delicious except that the strawberries were frozen and hard. how do i get them to be like strawberry pieces in regular ice cream--soft?? thanks!

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  1. Cook blueberries and strawberries first or they are like frozen goat turds.

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    1. After cutting the berries, mix them with sugar and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer. Then drain and add to the ice cream. As you'll see, the sugar draws out water, which makes the berries less icicle-like when they freeze.

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        1. Let them sit in sugar as long as possible. I usually leave them in the fridge overnight. A little lemon juice helps them break down and a little vodka helps keep them from freezing.

          1. I would add... I like to mash my strawberries with a potato masher (with sugar & lemon juice or booze)... makes for "pinker" ice cream... but keeps the frozen bits smaller....and less crunchy when frozen.

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            1. re: withalonge

              thank you all for the great suggestions! i'm going to do it over 4th of july weekend so i appreciate it!!

            2. I just made my first batch of ice cream with my new 2 qt Cuisinart. I used the strawberry sour cream ice cream recipe in David Lebovitz's book, "Perfect Scoop".

              His recipe uses the technique that others suggested here - macerating the strawberries in sugar and a little vodka. (I used citrus vodka from Smirnoff.) The ice cream came out fantastic and I am in love with my new toy. :)