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Article contributed by Kelly Patey, a stay-at-home mom, who loves spending time in the kitchen with her family.
When she is not busy cooking or baking, Kelly manages a website called
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unique kitchen gadgets for their home.
When the temperatures begin to soar, few
desserts are as tempting and tasty as a frozen treat. Whether you prefer the
creamy goodness of ice cream atop a crunchy sugary cone or the refreshing
flavors of a fruit sorbet nestled elegantly in a martini glass, an icy dessert
is a decadent summer indulgence.
One of the best ways to enjoy your favorite
chilled dessert is to make it yourself using an Electric Ice Cream Maker. These
handy kitchen appliances are convenient, affordable and very easy to use.
The Main Components of an Electric Ice Cream Machine
from Top to Bottom:
The hole in the top of the lid that allows you to add extra ingredients like
nuts, cookies, or chunks of fresh fruit to your frozen dessert during the
last several minutes of mixing.
Fits securely on top of the freezer bowl and snaps easily into place.
Dasher (or mixing
arm) - Sits inside the freezer bowl and rotates the wet mixture
until it becomes frozen.
- The shell of the freezer bowl is made up of two layers of insulated
material with a specially formulated cooling liquid in between. When this
liquid is fully frozen and the freezer bowl is rotating within the machine,
it turns a wet mixture into ice cream or sorbet.
Where the powerful motor is housed as well as storage for the electrical
- Most models only have an on/off dial located on the front of the base.
Non Slip Feet
– Located on the bottom of the base to keep the machine securely in place on
your counter top.
How to Use an Electric Ice Cream Maker in Your
Using an ice cream maker in your kitchen is
actually very easy. Here are the basic steps:
• Wrap the ice cream maker bowl in a
plastic bag and put it in the freezer until the cooling liquid is completely
frozen – about 10-22 hours. The plastic bag will help protect the bowl from
• Once the bowl is completely frozen and
you are ready to make a frozen dessert, quickly place the freezer bowl into
• Add the dasher (paddle) to the inside of
the freezer bowl. In most models the dasher floats inside the bowl and does
not attach to the machine.
• With the machine turned on, promptly add
your chilled ingredients to the freezer bowl.
• Replace the lid and wait 20-30 minutes
for your favorite frozen treat.
If you like soft serve consistency, you can
enjoy your ice cream immediately. If you desire a more firm texture,
transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2-4 more
Remember to always store ice cream or
sorbet in freezer-safe, air-tight containers to prevent freezer burn. Never
store your frozen treats in the freezer bowl.
Helpful Tips When Using an Ice Cream Machine
As with every kitchen tool, there are tips and
secrets that can help you get the most out of your appliance. Here are a few
helpful tips to keep in mind:
• Due to the long freezing period required
for the freezer bowl, it is best to keep it stored in the freezer at all
times. This ensures that the freezer bowl will be ready whenever you are.
Don’t try to use your machine if the bowl is not completely frozen. Your
desserts will not firm up to the proper consistency.
• Don’t fill the freezer bowl completely
full with your wet ingredients. The mixture will expand as it freezes which
may cause it too overflow if filled more than ½ way.
• When freezing your ice cream for later
consumption, wrap your freezer-safe containers in plastic wrap to prevent
• Most components of the ice cream maker
are not dishwasher safe. Hand wash only in warm soapy water.
Benefits of Using an Electric Ice Cream Maker
There are countless benefits to making your own
ice cream, sorbets and granitas. Here are just a few:
• Save money on buying store-bought treats.
• The variety of flavors and flavor
combinations are endless. It is easy to convert your favorite ice cream
recipes to use in an Electric Ice Cream Maker. Check out some delicious
and Sorbet recipes:
Champagne Citrus Sorbet
Homemade Chocolate Custard Ice Cream
Vanilla Custard Ice Cream
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
Italian Pistachio Gelato
• Nothing beats the flavor of fresh fruit
in frozen desserts.
• Easy to adapt recipes for making
sugarless treats for specialty diets.
• Avoid additives and preservatives that
are found in most commercially prepared desserts.
• An electric machine saves the headache of
adding salt and ice to the older style manual machines.
• Compact to save on counter and freezer
• Great family activity that the whole
family can do together.
Making your own ice cream can be a fun and
rewarding experience with an Electric Ice Cream Maker. These convenient kitchen
tools are an easy way to enjoy a tasty treat after a long hot summer day.