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. I keep the bowl wrapped
in plastic and stored in the freezer. Then, if I
get the urge to make ice cream, all I have to do
is prepare the ice cream mixture and let it chill
an hour or so. I set the ice cream maker up, pour
the mixture in and turn it on. In about 25 minutes,
I 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. Some of the companies making
these machines are Cuisinart, Krups, Salton and
Rival. 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 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.
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.
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 freeze