Ice Cream Maker TipsUsing your ice cream maker properly will help you make delicious homemade ice cream that rivals and surpasses store-bought ice cream!
Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
First, let me state the most important rule...
Obvious, I know, but I had to mention it! This will lengthen the life of your machine, ensure that you clean it properly, and ultimately help you produce better ice cream.
Now that we've got that covered - let's move on to some more ice cream maker tips - hopefully ones that are a little less basic!
Why? Ice cream is smoother and tastes better when it freezes faster.
Why? Letting the flavors blend together can enhance the flavor of the ice cream.
Why? Ice cream mixes speed up the ice cream making process. These do make good ice cream - yet it's hard for mixes to beat the taste of ice cream made with fresh ingredients!
Why? Air is added to the ice cream as it churns, so there needs to be room for the ice cream to expand!
Why? This will prevent them from warming up the ice cream - remember a faster, more consistent freeze produces better ice cream!
Why? If you add them too soon they will tend to sink to the bottom.
Why? Large chunks can damage your machine. A good rule of thumb is that mix-ins should not be bigger in size than a chocolate chip. Soft mix-ins, like thinly sliced fruit can be larger.
Why? This will scratch the container. I like to use a plastic spoon, but a plastic or wood utensil will work fine.
Why? This prevents the ice cream from melting during the transfer.
Why? This freezes ice cream faster and keeps ice cream frozen better. Don't forget a fast, consistent freeze produces the best ice cream.
Why? Not only is this a potential health hazard, it also makes the ice cream hard and full of ice crystals!
Why? It can absorb the flavor of other foods!
Why? This is a happy balance between proper storage and easy scooping.
I hope these tips help you make the best homemade ice cream your ice cream maker can possibly churn out!
By Jenn Fraiser
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