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5 Awesome Homemade Ice Cream Makers and Machines 2014
Ice Cream Throughout History
Ice cream has been a favorite summertime treat since 400 BC with the Persians. They first poured grape juice on snow to eat on warm days. The snow was kept cold in underground chambers to be used for the warmer months. Eating something cool in the summer can be very refreshing and help take a bit of the heat away for a short time.
Types of Ice Cream Makers
There are a few different kinds of ice cream makers on the market nowadays. First, you have your traditional motorized paddled canister machine that freezes the ingredients as they are being stirred with ice and rock salt.
There are also gel canister makers. These are easy countertop devices that mix ice cream in a pre-frozen canister. The walls inside are hollow and filled with a coolant gel that must be cooled a day before use. The trick with these is that they must be cooled completely, or your ice cream comes out kind of runny.
Self-cooling ice cream makers are the most convenient. They don’t need pre-frozen canisters but they can be a bit more costly. These are similar to a mini freezer; they are made with coils and a built in compressor that uses gasses to lower the temperature of the machine. Then you use the canister to stir the liquid ingredients to get your ice cream. I like these the best because they pretty much run on their own.
Tips on Using Your Machine
If you want to make large quantities, getting a traditional bucket maker will yield the most products. Make sure to get a machine that will fit in your freezer adequately. Gel canister machines can only make one batch at a time. Gel filled bowls should be placed all the way in the back of the freezer where it’s colder. If your ingredients are cold when you start, then your ice cream will freeze faster. If you want the hardest kind of ice cream, let it harden overnight. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend, and then go shopping!
We are discussing several kinds of ice cream makers here to help you get a better idea of what’s on the market and help you get the best appliance for your needs.
5 of the Best Homemade Ice Cream Makers in 2014
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
For one of the highest rated machines on the market, you might like the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker. This maker sits in a stainless steel casing and makes ice cream in less than a half hour. It has a sturdy motor with a double insulated freezer bowl that can hold up to 2 quarts of frozen dessert at a time; the bowl holds cooling liquid with a double insulated wall for faster freezing.
This thing is so user friendly; all you need to do is add your ingredients, turn it on and come back to eat when it’s done! It has a big spout that lets you add any of your favorite mix-ins. The mixing paddle is removable to make clean up an even simpler process. You will be able to watch the magic happen through the clear lid that locks in place. Some other features include rubber feet to keep it in place while using, and it has cord storage which I absolutely love in appliances. The only thing that I don’t really like about the machine is how noisy it is when it runs, but it’s not really like most people will try to make ice cream while everyone is sleeping. Plus, since it only takes a half hour or so, it’s not a big deal.
Top Rated Yonanas Ice Cream Machine
If you want something that will make single servings of frozen treats, the Yonanas Ice Cream Treat Maker is your best bet. We eat dairy free in my home and this thing turns frozen fruit into a nice soft serve treat. The chute will hold the fruit and toppings you want while a spinning blade mashes them to turn them into a very smooth texture of frozen goodness. This is such a healthier alternative since it was not designed to make actual ice cream with all the fat and sugar.
This is a machine that you need to work consistently; you can’t just walk away and let it do the work. It also runs quite loud but for me, the health I get from the treats it makes is well worth it. You will typically need about 2 bananas for one large serving. I have also noticed that the berries with the biggest seeds, like blackberries, do not work so well. There are about 5 pieces to the machine that need to be cleaned but it’s not too hard overall. The recipe book gives you all kinds of ideas on what to make so you can get quite a bit of variety.
Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker 2013
Take a look at the Nostalgia Electrics Electric Ice Cream Maker. This old fashioned design uses a 4 quart aluminum canister that comes with a plastic bucket and plastic dasher. You add ice to the bucket and place the canister filled with your choice of ingredients into the center of the bucket and let the electric motor do all the work afterwards.
I was surprised at how quiet the motor is on this machine versus others I’ve used like it over the years. It seems that the quality of your ingredients will make or break your ice cream experience. If you find that your ice cream is too runny, try buying better rock salt. Depending on what ingredients you’ve used, the machine could churn for anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes. I would suggest planning ahead if you want to make ice cream.
Best Old Fashioned Bucket Ice Cream Maker
For something super retro, try the Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Old Fashioned Pine Bucket Ice Cream Maker. You have your choice between 4 quart, or 6 quart machines from this company. It features a solid pinewood exterior that has maple finished galvanized hoops. I love that you can opt to turn the crank yourself, or you can use the 3500 RPM motor. It is quite simple to go back and forth from using either as well. I will say that using the crank once the ice cream starts to harden can be a real pain. It takes about 45 minutes overall to make your ice cream and I love that the machine features an overheat protection system.
If you soak your machine first, it will really help it function much better; just follow the directions. I don’t like having to wait around an hour for my frozen treats but the consistency it delivers is astounding. This is kind of a big machine so you might want to check the dimensions against your freezer to make sure it will fit. I will say that the motor on this is so much quieter than I ever would have expected! This is a good investment and makes a great gift as well.
Best Ice Cream Machines for 2013
Top Rated Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
Another great choice is the Cuisinart ICE 20 Automatic Ice Cream Maker. You can get up to 1 ½ quarts of frozen treats out of this machine that only takes about 20 minutes overall. I love not having to use ice and salt. You simply chill the chamber in the freezer for about 8 hours so the liquid inside is completely frozen. The chamber is then placed on top of the base with the paddle inside. Once everything is locked into place, the machine can be turned on to do its thing. Clean-up is so easy with the nonstick chamber. The consistency is actually pretty good compared to some others in its class.
You have a transparent lid to watch the blending process if you choose, or to check on your consistency. The motor is heavy duty enough to be used once a week for over a year at least. I’ve not had any issues with my motor breaking down, yet. The trick with this machine is that you must put your ingredients in as fast as you can. The machine starts to thaw quicker than you’d think. More so with this one than others, you should make sure your ingredients are super cold before adding them. It really seems that most machines will need some trial and error, even if you follow all the directions. Some of the ingredients and times might need to be adjusted to get the consistency you want.
Top Rated Automatic Ice Cream Machine 2014
If you have the budget for it, this Cuisinart ICE 100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker makes some great frozen foods, even gelato. I love that this machine has a commercial grade compressor so you can make several batches in a row without worry of over loading your motor. The lid is transparent so you can check on your food, it has a nice area to throw your mix in into and it comes with two paddles that help aerate your ingredients even more so you get a very rich and creamy texture.
The mixing bowl features a lift out handle for more convenience and there is absolutely no need to pre-chill or freeze the bowl before you want to make your ice cream. You also get a touchpad control panel with LCD readout. I like being able to set a countdown timer anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes.
Top Rated Homemade Ice Cream Makers 2013
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