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Oct 3, 2011 04:20 PM

Rechurn ice cream?

So I went through a lot of trouble to make home made ice cream with my new ice cream machine.. and its not an amazing one, its got a crank etc. But I followed the instructions and froze the little container for 7 hours, but it said to churn it for about 12 minutes and it shoudl get the texture of soft ice cream, but I churned for about 40 minutes and it never did, it got very cold, but it was still liquid.
Anyways, at that point I really had to go to bed so I just transfered it to the freezer and let it freeze. Well, because I had put nuts in it while churning, all the nuts froze near the bottom and the top for some reason. And I tasted it, and while the flavor is yum, the texture is not very creamy.
So, if I refreeze the container, maybe for longer this time, like over night.. can I melt the ice cream just a bit (maybe in the fridge to do it slowly?) and then rechurn it again.

What do you think would be the best way to do this everyone? and will it work??
Thanks so much!

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  1. Yes, you can re-do it. But you should never add the nuts until it's at soft serve consistency or they will, as you have learned, not be evenly distributed in your mix.

    So let it melt until it is fully liquid -- out on the countertop is fine; there's no advantage to letting it do this slowly -- strain out the nuts, rechurn, and when it is the right texture, mix in the nuts, then cure in the freezer.

    If you didn't get a proper texture after churning, either your freezer core or your mix, or both, were not cold enough to begin with, assuming you used a good mix recipe.

    Which Ice Cream Maker? Which Recipe?

    7 Replies
    1. re: acgold7

      Hm okay, well, the nuts i used were candied nuts.. so im worried that if i defrost it all the way, then remove them, the candy will just melt right off them?

      i just used this recipe which i read on a few different websites so i dont know where it originated from:

      and the machine is called Cuisipro donvier

      1. re: hungryabbey

        Your recipe looks fine. Did you follow it to the letter, paying particular attention to the part that says, "It must be very cold when churned. If you want to speed this process, cool the custard in a back of ice and water, stirring it from time to time until it is very cold."? The mix must be as close to 33 degrees as you can possibly get it when it goes into the Ice Cream Maker.

        The Donvier is a fine little ice cream maker. I have two of them. The core must be frozen for 24 hours, minimum, in a chest freezer that gets down to zero.

        The candy should not melt off the nuts at anything below room temp, but you can defrost in the fridge if you like.

        1. re: acgold7

          You are amazing.
          My instructions in the ice cream maker said 7 hours in the freezer.. so thats what I did.
          I let the custard cool in the fridge for about 5-6 hours before I churned it.
          But I am going to try this tomorrow or thursday, since by then the core will have been in the chest freezer for like 3-4 days.
          I will let you know what happens. thank you so much.

          1. re: hungryabbey

            Please do check back in and let us know how it goes. 24 hours is all it needs, and do make sure your chest freezer is at zero. All this goes away once you begin storing the core there all the time.

            It's always the first go-around that messes everyone up.

            1. re: acgold7

              I did exactlyy as you said.. defrosted in the fridge, strained, set my freezer to the absolute lowest it goes and rechurned and it worked so much better this time.
              It tastes amazing and the texture is perfect. The candy did melt off of the nuts though, but oh well, what can i do.

              1. re: hungryabbey

                Glad to know it worked. At some point you should get a few good refer/freezer thermometers and keep them in your freezers and let us know what the temp is in each. If you ever have a problem in the future you can instantly identify if there is an issue in that area.

                1. re: acgold7

                  Good point. Yes, thank you so much!

    2. Get a Cuisinart... the easiest and best ice cream I have ever made. A wonderful machine.