How To Use An Ice Cream Maker - 3 Tips For Delicious Ice Cream Every Time

by Peter Harrison

Electric ice cream makers like the Andrew James Ice Cream Maker, promise to turn out delicious homemade ice cream every time. Unfortunately though, you can still get things wrong, even when you're using the help of a machine! In this short article, we'll be talking through the process of using an ice cream maker, and some essential tips which will ensure that you make thick, and creamy homemade ice cream over and over again.

Make Sure That Bowl Is Good And Cold

If your ice cream maker comes with a freezable bowl, then you must make certain that that the coolant inside the bowl is frozen through completely. Most manufacturers recommended freezing the bowl for a good 12 to 24 hours before use.

A good tip here is to place the bowl at the back of the freezer if possible, as this is generally the coldest spot.

If you have a fancy ice cream maker with a built in compressor, then there's no need to freeze the bowl in advance. However, giving the bowl a chill in the refridgerator for 20 to 30 minutes can make a world of difference.

Professional ice cream machines that incorporate a buil-in compressor do tend to be a lot easier to use. The fantastic Cuisinart ICE50, for example,, is an excellent quality ice cream maker that makes unbeatably delicious ice cream.

Chill Your Ingredients

When making the ice cream mixture, you need to heat it up in order to get the sugar to dissolve. Pouring a warm ice cream mixture into your ice cream maker isn't going to help it deliver you delicious ice cream, in fact it's a recipe for disaster, so make sure the mixture is nice and cold by refridgeting it for 20 to 30 minutes before use.

Make Sure The Machine Is Running Before You Add The Mixture

This is a very common mistake; pouring the mixture in before turning the machine on. Doing this causes the ice cream mixture to freeze at the sides and then when you turn the machine on the stirring blade can get stuck, and no paddle means your ice cream is going to be far from thick and creamy!

You must turn on the machine first, and then pour in the mixture. Remember to pour it in slowly too.

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