I love to make homemade ice cream and with a modern
ice cream maker, it couldn't be easier. My mother's old hand crank
ice cream freezer produced a whopping gallon of ice cream, but most
ice cream makers now hold about 1.5 quarts of ice cream, the perfect
amount for today's family.
The ice cream maker is one of my favorite kitchen
appliances. You can keep the bowl wrapped in plastic and stored
in the freezer, ready to use, when you have the urge to make some
homemade ice cream or frozens yogurt. All you have to do is set
the ice cream maker up, pour the prepared mixture in and turn it
on. In about 25 minutes, you will have a batch of delicious homemade
ice cream or frozen yogurt with no crushed ice, no rock salt and
no watery mess.
The 1.5-quart ice cream makers are sold in most
department and discount stores in the housewares section. The prices
range from about $40 up to $60. Cusinart has a model that will hold
two bowls that sells for about $100.
I have a Krups ice cream maker that cost $60. The
little machine still works fine after four years of heavy use. Through
trial and error, I have found that it is best to chill the mixture
and the dasher in the refrigerator for an hour or so before making
the ice cream. If you keep the bowl in the freezer, it is always
frozen solid and ready to use.
I have seen two non-electric models, one made by
Dovier for $45 and the other made by Nordic Ware for $36. These
models have the freezer bowl and cover, but come with a hand crank.
They would be great, if you want your kids to participate in the
ice cream making.
The ice cream makers come with recipe
books, but you can let your imagination go wild with the different
kinds of ice cream, sorbets or frozen yogurts that you can make.
All these recipes are simple to make and have a fresh-made taste
that can't be found in store bought ice cream. You can eat the ice
cream "soft" as soon as it is finished making or place
the bowl back in the freezer for another hour so the ice cream will