If you have never experienced home-made ice cream before, then you are in for a treat. There is just nothing like that soft, silky texture flavored with your own personal choice of ingredients. This is the very best way to create your very own custom ice cream!
With most basic ice cream machines you will have two standard ways to make your ice cream. The first is to use a recipe that contains eggs and resembles more of a custard mixture. This custard must be cooked first before being added to your ice cream maker.
The second method, which is normally the quickest, is to prepare the ice cream with no eggs. This is normally done directly into the freezer bowl of the ice cream machine.
The difference between the two methods is the texture of the ice cream. Custard based ice creams normally result in a smoother, creamier and richer ice cream.
Below we have put together some ice cream making tips to help you develop your own recipes and ensure that they turn out fabulous! Enjoy!
- If at all possible try to make the ice cream base the night before. This allows the flavors to blend, especially with the custard bases, and it also ensures that your base mixture is cold. Having a cold base allows your ice cream to freeze rapidly and will result in less ice crystals forming.
- Allowing your custard to sit helps to develop the flavors as well.
- For chocolate ice cream always use a premium chocolate as opposed to cocoa powder as this results in a richer, chocolaty flavor.
- Ice cream is easier to make when the recipe does not call for lots of ice and rock salt. Machines that use these ingredients tend to not produce great results.
- It is important to pre-freeze your ice cream maker bowl. Make sure you have lots of room in your freezer.
- When choosing an ice cream maker you may want to look for a model that can freeze sorbets, sherbets, frozen yogurt and one that can make slushies.
- To get softer ice cream you need to incorporate air into it. Without air your ice cream will turn into one solid box. You must allow for expansion inside your bowl, as when air is whipped into the mixture it will expand in size. For this reason you may want to stick with smaller recipes of a one quart size.
- If you add final ingredients towards the end such as chocolate chunks, chips or fruit this will also increase the volume of the ice cream.
- Some people prefer to stir in their final choices as this helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the ice cream.
- Full cream will result in a creamier ice cream though it will have a higher fat content and be full of more calories.
When it comes to ice cream once you see how your machine works you can adapt your recipes accordingly. Experiment with different flavors and trying adding dried or fresh fruit chunks into your mixture. Remember to have all the fruit chopped small enough so it fits through the chute.
Today’s ice cream makers allow you to easily prepare ice cream in as little as 25 minutes or up to 60 minutes at the most. Now it is so easy to prepare frozen treats for your family.