Aroma Ice Cream Maker Help to make Everyone Scream for Frozen treats!

by Mariana Haaga

If you enjoy ice cream you will love having an electric ice cream maker. These home appliances are easy to use and are a fun way to make custom freezing treat flavors in the comfort of your own home. The two most popular kinds of electric best ice cream maker devices are those which use a bowl that you place in the freezer ahead of time and those that use a compressor. Some crucial questions to ask yourself before you make a purchase are which of the two kinds will work best for your needs, what capacity will you need, will the dimensions and weight that you select fit on your counter top or within your storage space and how rapidly does the maker churn a batch of ice cream.

Now the difficult part, which ice cream maker to buy? First, there is the old-fashioned hand crank design maker, but that appeared so pre-industrial. Even if they claim to become fun for kids, mine would get cranky after one crank. The gel canister maker must be pre-frozen, which demands some advance planning. Nevertheless, it is affordable and can make some excellent ice cream. Finally, there are self-cooling machines that don't require pre-freezing, but they're more expensive and take up a large amount of room on a shelf or even cabinet.

After reading reviews online, my personal decision came down to two different Cuisinart machines, the ICE-21 ($50) and the ICE-50BC ($250). We liked the price and evaluations of the ICE-21. The ICE-50BC is a self-cooling device which is capable of making batch following batch of ice cream without pre-freezing, very tempting... In the end, fate (and a 20% off coupon) introduced me to Bed, Bath as well as Beyond where the last ICE-20 (the previous model to the ICE-21) was upon closeout for only $25 - the very same cost as my gelato tab a few days earlier. This was a no-brainer, I purchased it!

Remember when froyo was all the rage? When TCBY seemed to grow upon every street corner like a Starbucks? It is enjoying a major resurgence again, as new companies like Red Mango along with other frozen yogurt shops are returning to their active classy roots with frozen yogurt that is 100% natural, has no artificial flavors, and is rich in probiotics, calcium and protein. It's normally tart and can be enjoyed any time of day, even for breakfast every day! With my ice cream maker, I don't have to buy frozen yogurt any longer, I can now make it at home in under 30 minutes. I designed a delicious low fat Vanilla Freezing Yogurt using store bought natural yogurt. I also experimented with a Tart Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt, which my kids love.

Searching for a rich creamy dessert that is also pareve? Try using instant pudding blend for a two-step pareve ice cream that may attract Bill Cosby to your Shabbos table. If you don't like the idea of instant pudding (or Bill Cosby), try a pareve Banana Coconut Ice Cream using coconut whole milk. I've found the higher fat content material and smoothness of avocado milk works better than soy milk in most recipes, and also the subtle coconut flavor will not overwhelm your other elements.

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