You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Whether your flavor of the month is double chocolate triple chunk, or plain-Jane vanilla, ice cream is a perfect treat for a hot summer day. Just thinking about a cone of sweet creamy vanilla ice cream is lowering our temperature.
These days, making your own ice cream is easier than ever. In the proverbial days of yore, you needed two tin cans, a ton of ice cubes, salt, and a whole lotta elbow grease. Nowadays, with electric ice cream makers that do most of the work for you, it’s a bit easier to fill your bowl with homemade goodness.
Ready to cool down? Let’s get to it!
You’ll need both a recipe for an ice cream base and an ice cream maker. Recipes vary, but they’re generally just a little more complicated than putting all your ingredients in a bowl. You can check out an example below, and most ice cream makers come with a recipe book.
Electric ice cream makers do two things at the same time – they both freeze and stir the mixture, both of which are necessary to create the creamy delicious treat we all know and love. If you were to simply freeze your base, the large ice crystals formed would ruin the consistency and taste.
The absolute easiest way to make homemade ice cream is with an electric ice cream maker. These come in two styles.
A refrigerated unit such as the Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream And Gelato Maker (pictured at top) is fully automatic and requires no advance planning – other than acquiring your ingredients, of course. Plug the machine in, add your prepared recipe to the mixing bowl and set the timer to start the ice cream maker. It will automatically turn itself off when the timer finishes, or when your concoction reaches its maximum thickness. Most of the time, that will take between 35 minutes and an hour.
A different type of electric ice cream maker is sort of an imitation of the old salt-and-ice method. Rather than incorporating a refrigeration unit into the machine, these models require you to pre-freeze the bowl for at least 24 hours. As you can imagine, dispensing with the cooling unit makes this style of ice cream maker quite a bit more economical, and in fact, the pre-freeze models are also a little faster than the refrigerated models once they get going – they typically take 35 minutes or less. But they take a little forethought, and if you need a lot of ice cream or more than one flavor, you’ll have to wait 24 hours between batches, or get one or more spare freezable containers. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence™ 2Qt Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker and its smaller 1.5 qt counterpart are both fantastic options.
For those of you who prefer stick shift to automatic, the Donvier Manual Ice Cream Maker is right up your alley. The Donvier also has a bowl that needs to be placed in the freezer overnight. When the bowl is ready, you assemble the ice cream maker and add the base. And here’s where the elbow grease comes in. You’ll need to frequently turn the hand crank at the top of the machine, to scrape the forming ice crystals while they’re still small, until it’s too difficult to turn – usually about 15 to 20 minutes.
Ready to try it yourself? Here’s a simple ice cream base recipe from our Vanessa to get you started.
Pistachio Ice Cream
24 oz whole milk
10 oz heavy cream
8 egg yolks
10 z sugar
1 tablespoon pistachio flavor
- Boil milk, cream, and flavoring
- Whisk together yolks and sugar
- Temper yolks with one-third of the milk mixture, then return both to the pot
- Cook to 185°F, then pour through a strainer
- Cool for at least two hours
- Add mixture to ice cream maker, following manufacturer’s instructions
And check out these tasty ice cream recipes from Cuisinart.
Planning a trip to the Italian Market this weekend? Make sure to stop by the store this Saturday, when Vanessa will be making both Butter Pecan and Pistachio ice cream for you! As a special bonus, if you purchase any ice cream maker this Saturday, you’ll receive a Jo!e-brand ice cream scoop AND a 2 oz flavor extract (choose from five varieties), absolutely free, as our welcome to the world of ice cream-making.
Last, but certainly not least… make sure to enter to win an extra-special ice cream prize pack! The prize pack includes the fantastic Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book, a set of two elegant tulip ice cream glasses, and a Jo!e ice cream scoop. Stop by the store this weekend to put your name into the drawing!