An ice cream maker can either be a manual ice cream maker or an electric ice cream maker. Most can be used to make ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt and various frozen drinks. The main difference between the two types of ice cream makers is that a manual ice cream machine requires you to do the stirring while and electric ice cream machine will do the stirring utilizing a motor powered by electricity. An electric machine is the easiest to use. You can also purchase a yogurt maker to make fresh yogurt at home and a milk shake maker. Most yogurt makers can also make frozen yogurt.
All ice cream makers will have 3 basic parts; a canister which holds the ingredients and eventually the finished product; the cooling container and finally a paddle in the canister that is used for stirring ingredients. The cooling container cools by one of 3 methods; electric, chemical coolant lining or salt and ice. An electric refrigerator unit is much like a refrigerator in that electricity cools the canister. Salt and ice involves using a salt and ice mix in the container surrounding the canister. Chemical cooling involves using a liquid filled liner. The liquid filled liner and/or container are placed in freezer prior to use, usually 24 hours before needed.
The paddle inside the canister what stirs the ice cream mixture. The stirring motion is either manually powered by a person turning a crank or powered and controlled by electric motor. The automatic electric is the easier of the two types. In the case of the manual ice cream maker you must crank a handle every 2-4 minutes for about 20-30 minutes. After filling the canister with your ice cream mixture ingredients stirring is necessary to add air to the mixture which gives it the right consistency. Stirring also prevents ice from forming.
Follow the specific instructions from the manufacturer of your ice cream maker. Our instructions are only a general guideline to show you how easy it is to make your own ice cream at home. Store ice cream in an airtight container. For best flavor eat the ice cream within a week or so.
As with any appliance, be sure to clean your ice cream maker after each use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance.
A necessary ice cream accessory is an ice cream scoop. We find the one below to be the best. It is sturdy and makes scooping ice cream easy.