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Pineapple ice cream is a sweet summer treat that is easy to make at home. Making ice cream at home allows you to control what goes in and lets you churn the ice cream to your desired texture. Pineapples can easily be incorporated into your ice cream to give it a tropical flavor. With some simple kitchen preparation and a quick spin in your ice cream freezer, you can make this treat. Serve this delicious ice cream for a sweet snack or dessert today.

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Chill the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker overnight. It is essential that the canister be as cold as possible; otherwise, your ice cream will not freeze. Leave it in the freezer until step four.

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At least an hour and a half before you want to serve your ice cream, mix together the milk, sugar, cream or half and half, vanilla, pineapple and pineapple juice in your mixing bowl. If you want a richer ice cream, choose cream over half and half. Pineapple tidbits will provide a chunkier pineapple presence in the finished ice cream.

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Cover the ice cream mixture. Place your ice cream mixture into the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour. Chilling ensures that the ice cream will freeze properly.

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Remove the freezer bowl from the freezer. As soon as you have set up the ice cream maker, pour in the ice cream mixture. Turn on the machine.

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Let the ice cream machine churn for about twenty minutes. At this time, the ice cream should be very soft, like soft-serve. If you want a firmer texture, allow it to churn for up to 40 minutes. If this is still too soft, remove to a plastic food storage container and put it in the freezer. Any leftovers can also be stored this way.

Tip

If you prefer a custard-based ice cream, follow a recipe for that and add the pineapple and pineapple juice before chilling. Try mixing in coconut, pecans, or a pinch of cinnamon.

Warning

Don't use a freezer bowl that has not frozen completely. The ice cream will not come together.

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Carolyn Simpkins

Carolyn Simpkins is a freelance writer and editor specializing in food, history, health, pet care and gardening articles. She currently works as a writing center coordinator and tutor at a small liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and women's studies from Agnes Scott College.