It's getting hotter in Kyoto - and as much as I'd like to go out for matcha ice cream every day, ¥300 a pop gets pricey. So, we decided to make some homemade sherbet! Placed back into the oranges and topped with a mint leaf, we get the very cute Orange Givrée ("Frosted Orange").

At a lack of an ice cream maker, we went the Grade 4 science experiment route: using the ever-useful Ziploc bag.
  • 2 medium-sized oranges (or 100ml orange juice)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 200ml milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • mint leaf (for decoration)
  • 4 tbsp salt (for cooling)
  • ice cubes
  • ziploc bag (preferably heavy duty)

Cut the tops off both oranges and scoop out the flesh and juice into a bowl. Avoid breaking the orange peel, but try to empty the orange as much as possible - the emptier it is, the more sherbet you'll be able to fit, and the neater the result will look. 

Rinse the emptied-out orange shells under cold water, then place in freezer to keep them frosty. Now, strain the orange flesh to obtain about 100ml of juice.

In a freezer (heavy-duty) ziploc bag, add the juice, milk, lemon juice and sugar. Seal firmly and shake to mix. (Eventually we'd like to get a smaller, sealable metal container to replace the ziploc bag, but for now the ziploc bag works fine.)

Now, put the ice and salt in a big container - this can be a big ziploc bag, but we use a 2L tupperware container because it protects our sensitive hands from the cold and insulates better.

Place the bag of sherbet ingredients in the salt/ice container and seal well. Now, shake for 6-8 minutes, until the sherbet has stiffened sufficiently. Remove the sherbet bag and dry off on a towel.

We usually prepare this before our meal, so I stick the ice cream bag in the freezer while we eat. When dessert time comes, I take out the sherbet and oranges and fill them right before eating. I've tried filling the oranges then putting the oranges in the freezer, but this just creates a giant, sticky mess when the oranges roll around.

Ta-da! Here's to making ice cream quickly and cheaply!

Cost for 2: ¥89

2 Oranges @ 3/¥100.........33 yen
50g Sugar @ 500g/¥100......10 yen
200ml Milk @ 1L/¥100.......20 yen
1/3 Lemon @ 2/¥100.........16 yen
65g cup Salt @ 500g/¥100...10 yen

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    Kered said...

    "I've tried filling the oranges then putting the oranges in the freezer, but this just creates a giant, sticky mess when the oranges roll around." > you could put the oranges on top of a duct tape roll or an other cylindrical object :P

  1. ... on August 6, 2009 at 11:41 PM  
  2. Angelica said...

    That's true, good idea!

  3. ... on August 9, 2009 at 11:48 PM