How to make ice cream with the ice cream maker? Here are a few simple rules to get an excellent homemade ice cream
And welcome ice cream season!
What is better than a nice ice cream made in home to cool off for a snack or after dinner? The ideal is to have an ice cream maker and if you have not read this article you will surely want to buy it, because making ice cream at home with the ice cream maker is very easy and gives a lot of satisfaction!
And above all you can prepare ice cream at home with any ingredient available: just a lemon for example and you can easily prepare a lemon ice cream, with a little milk a milk ice cream, and these are just the simplest preparations because they really , with each ingredient, you can indulge your imagination and enjoy a fresh ice cream.
How the ice cream maker works
On the market there are two types of ice cream makers: those that require the pre-cooling of the container in the freezer and those "self-cooling", equipped with an integrated freezing mechanism.
How do they work?
The non-self-chilling they are ice cream parlors made up of a compressor, the engine for refrigeration and a refrigerating body, in practice a container with a double wall, where the coolant is located, which is kept in the freezer for at least 24 hours before being used. The ideal in this season is to keep it always ready in the freezer. At the time of use, put the ingredients in the basket, the content is mixed and the mixture must be transferred to the freezer to turn into ice cream.
Normally these ice cream makers have a low price and will allow you to experiment without large investments.
The self-chilling instead they have an integrated freezing system that, not requiring the pre-cooling of the container, significantly reduces the preparation time. It is sufficient to attach the plug to the socket, insert the ingredients and the machine will do everything by itself, from freezing to refrigeration. In about half an hour you will have your ice cream ready to taste.
Mixing … fundamental!
Very important when mixing all the ingredients is that the mixture is very homogeneous.
Having a homogeneous mixture will allow correct freezing – with the ice cream maker – and you will not find ice or sugar crystals in the final ice cream. To help you at this stage of preperation, use an immersion blender, this will help you melt the sugar and mix all the elements well.
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Homemade ice cream the main ingredients
Milk, cream, sugar. Here are the main ingredients for homemade ice cream.
The best milk for homemade ice cream is fresh, whole milk; the cream to be used is the fresh, liquid one, in practice the one that is normally used to be mounted; normally we use sucrose sugar, the normal cooking sugar, but you can also experiment with others like glucose or fructose. The proportions are not simple to calculate but with the experience you will be able to look out for yourself. Here is the recipe for the base of the fiordilatte ice cream that can be useful for you to try other flavors.
- 1 l of fresh whole milk
- 2 dl of cream
- 250 g of sugar
The proportions for fruit ice cream
Fruit ice cream is without milk and without cream. It is prepared starting from a single base, called "fruit base" consisting of 50% water and 50% sugars, and to this is added the desired fruit, establishing the percentage you want and balancing it based on the amount of sugar already present naturally in the fruit itself.