You really can make ice cream at home with an Ice Cream Maker!
Making homemade ice cream can be a fun and educational family activity.
Based on the method of freezing, there are three types of ice cream making machines that I am familiar with.
One type is "ice freezing" where you have a double layer of buckets. You put the ice cream mix in the inner bucket and then place ice and salt in the outer bucket.
The ice cream machine pictured above is one of those and is what my family used to make ice cream for years.
My ice cream maker was a hand crank machine and for a while my kids did most of the cranking. They soon tired of having to work for their ice cream. They became "cranky."
This type of ice cream maker can now be purchased with an electric motor that turns the paddle.
Another type of ice cream machine uses a double-walled bucket with a special fluid sealed between the walls.
You place this bucket in your freezer overnight, then when ready to make the ice cream, you take the bucket out of the freezer, assemble the machine, pour the ice cream mix in the bucket and hand crank it or turn an electric motor on.
With most of these machines you can only make one batch per bucket per day because of needing to freeze the bucket.
You don't have to bother with rock salt or salt and ice, but you also need to have the freezer space to accommodate the bucket.
The mechanical freezer type is an ice cream maker with a compressor for cooling. These are the more costly machines because they come with the compressor.
Any of these types of machines will make great ice cream.
The "key" is the recipe you use. And with most of these you can easily make other frozen desserts.
An example is the Deni 5000 Scoop Factory Compact Automatic Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Maker pictured here.
With it anyone can make great ice cream and healthy fruit-filled yogurt, light sorbets or ...great margaritas! :-)
It is fully automatic, meaning there is no ice, salt or hand
The Rival 8704 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Machine is a popular example of a motorized ice cream maker that requires you to use ice and salt.
The Cuisinart ICE20R Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker is a favorite because it "fits" most of the criteria for a good machine.
The one "drawback" is the motor is a little noisy but I use it at times when it doesn't matter.
Cuisinart also makes their ICE-40BK Flavor Duo Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and Sorbet Maker.
As you can see, it has separate 1 quart bowls so you can make two flavors of dessert at the same time. That's cool!
I haven't tried this particular machine so I am uncertain as to how good a product it is although it comes with a respectable 3-year warranty against defects.
There are many ice cream machines available on the market today so first identify your specific needs.
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