One of my favorite summer activities I look forward to every late July to early August is to strap on my hiking boots and head into the bush to forage for wild huckleberries. There is just something so satisfying coming home with a full bucket of fresh berries and purple-stained fingers and lips. I made Huckleberry Ice Cream and huckleberry vodka slush (recipe coming soon) with the berries I picked this summer. So yummy!
I am pretty lucky to live in a mountain community in Western Canada surrounded by dense forest and woodland that is abundant with wild huckleberry bushes. If you have never tasted a wild huckleberry before, you are missing out. The deep purple berries are sweet, a little tart and packed full of flavor. Huckleberries grow wild in the western United States and Canada, but if you don’t live on this side of the world, you can still buy frozen huckleberries from Amazon.
Making homemade ice cream from scratch using real ingredients is much healthier than buying it from the store. And it is easy too! To make huckleberry ice cream, you will need 2 cups of huckleberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, sugar, milk, cream and an ice cream maker. I used a Zoku Ice Cream Maker, a personal sized “bowl” that instantly begins freezing liquids into ice cream in a matter of minutes.
This recipe for huckleberry ice cream can be made in any ice cream maker. Just pour the pureed huckleberry mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the freezing instructions for the model you own. It makes 1 quart or enough for 6 Zoku Ice Cream Maker bowls.
How To Make Huckleberry Ice Cream In A Zoku Ice Cream Maker
Place the Zoku Ice Cream Maker in the freezer for a least 12 hours prior to using.
Rinse the huckleberries in a sink of water, removing any stems or leaves that found their way into the bucket. Set aside 1/2 a cup of huckleberries. Combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups huckleberries, sugar, lemon juice, milk and cream into a blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes until the mixture is a smooth puree. Stir in the 1/2 cup of huckleberries that were set aside.
Divide the mixture evenly between 6 Zoku Ice Cream Makers. If you only want to make one or two bowls at a time, pour 5 oz of the mixture into each bowl instead and store the remaining huckleberry mixture in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Immediately start scraping the sides of the bowls with the Zoku plastic spoon, stirring the frozen bits into the center of the liquid. Continue scraping and stirring until it thickens into ice cream. It will take approximately 10 minutes to reach a soft serve consistency and 20 minutes for a firmer texture. Dig in and enjoy!
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