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Is It Possible To Make Sorbet Without An Ice Cream Maker?

I’m rather partial to a nice bowl of sorbet, particularly on a hot summers day. Don’t get me wrong, I love ice cream, but there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a nice citrusy scoop of sorbet!

Homemade sorbet has to be tasted to be believed. It’s delicious, refreshing, and simple to make too. However, most recipes call for an ice cream maker. A lot of people tend to ask us if it’s possible to make sorbet without an ice cream maker.

The answers is yes, and no.

You can make something approaching sorbet using a rather laborious process of scraping away ice. You simply freeze your sorbet in the freezer, and every 30 minutes remove it and scrape away ice crystals with a fork. It’s a boring way to make it, and to be honest, the results aren’t really great. You’ll never get sorbet with that lovely smooth texture using this method.

So, to make proper sorbet (the kind that makes your mouth water), and ice cream maker is an essential piece of kit.

An ice cream maker doesn’t have to set you back a fortune. Our favourite budget machine, the Kenwood IM200, makes thick ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt and it costs just over £20!

Personally, I think one of the best ways to enjoy sorbet is to have two different flavours in your bowl! A scoop of orange, and a scoop of lemon is my favourite combination!

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll probably want to whip up two different flavours of sorbet at a time. If that’s the case, you should take a look at our favourite ice cream maker, the Cusinart ICE40BCU. This clever little machine has 2 bowls, so that you can make 2 different flavours at the same time!


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