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  1. When making sorbet, keep in mind the following tips:

  2. - -- High sugar concentration is the key to creamy sorbets. If the texture feels overly icy, add more sugar: Use 1/2 cup of sugar per cup of fruit (give or take, depending on the fruit).

  3. - -- To decrease sweetness without changing the flavor, add up to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to nonacid fruits (apples, blueberries, peaches). Use less lemon juice with mildly acidic fruits (oranges, pineapples, raspberries).

  4. -- Adding a tablespoon of high-proof alcohol improves the texture of the sorbets and permits a slight reduction in the amount of sugar. Try tasteless vodka or any complementary brandy or liqueur. Because white wine has a lower alcohol content, the amount needed for texture may affect the flavor. Alcohol inhibits freezing and should be added in the last minutes of the freezing process.

  5. - -- Taste the mixture before it is churned and frozen. Alcohol intensifies the taste; freezing subdues the sweetness. If the fruit is too tart, add sugar; if the fruit is very ripe, decrease or omit the sugar.

  6. - -- Artificial sweeteners can be substituted for sugar but they should only be added to mixtures that are cold or have completely chilled. If a recipe calls for heating the liquid to dilute the sugar, omit this step and stir in sweetener until well dissolved.

  7. - -- Sorbets, like most products made in an ice cream maker, will have a softer consistency than store-bought varieties. For hard sorbet, spoon from canister into an airtight container and place in freezer for several hours.


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