Thinking of buying an Ice Cream maker?
It is possible to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. You can make our no churn recipes and you can make the churn recipes if you are prepared to freeze your mixture and get it out of the freezer every couple of hours to give it a good stir and break up any ice crystals that have formed. However, an ice cream maker makes the whole process quicker, simpler and probably gives you better results in terms of texture. As the ice cream maker churns it both freezes your mixture and adds air to it. There are a range of ice cream makers on the market ranging from around £20 up to around £200. We have a good selection in our shop. The difference in price is because the less expensive machines have bowls which need to be frozen in a freezer before you can use them whilst the more expensive machines have built in compressors which means there is no need to pre freeze the bowl.
I can recommend the Savisto 1.5 litre Ice Cream, Sorbet & Frozen Yoghurt maker. I’ve had this machine for 4 months now and have been happily using it every week. At £21.95, currently from Amazon, (RRP £41.05) it is good value for money. It’s really simple to use, quiet when running and quick to wash up when you’ve finished making your ice cream. There are four parts to the ice cream maker, the bowl, the clear plastic lid into which fits the motor and a plastic paddle. The timer and digital display is useful. You know how long your mixture has left to churn and the machine will switch off when the churning time is up so you don’t have to stand over the machine whilst it is churning but can pop off get on with other things.
The bowl needs freezing before you can use your machine to make ice cream and the manufacturer’s instructions say allow 8-12 hours for this, so for that reason I keep mine in the freezer and then it is always ready when you want to use it. The bowl is 14 cm deep and 20 cm in diameter so it fits in at the bottom of my freezer without any problems. Because of the fact you need to freeze the bowl first, you won’t be able to make ice cream the moment it arrives. If you are buying an ice cream maker with the intention of making ice cream with children probably best not to excitedly announce the arrival of your machine with the words, ‘Look, now we can make ice cream!’, as I did, because you can’t, not for another 8-12 hours and you will then have to deal with the disappointment of that! Unpack it, freeze the bowl and then the next day you can get stuck in.
If you are looking for instant results buy some of your favourite yoghurt and churn that for 10 to 15 minutes until firm, then scoop into cones or bowls. Have a look through our recipes, try a few and you’ll be an ice cream making expert in no time! The custard based ice creams take a bit longer to prepare and need chilling time before you can churn your mixture but they are delicious and worth the effort when you have time. Don’t be tempted to think you can skip the chilling of the custard because if you add it to your ice cream machine whilst still warm it just won’t freeze. I know, I’ve tried to hurry along the process and it is a case of more haste less speed. You can speed up the chilling process by putting the custard in the fridge or in a jug in a bowl of iced water.
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