Become an Expert Ice Cream Maker
It's not hard at all the make ice cream at home!
In order to make ice cream yourself, you have to understand the basic scientific process behind it. You don't have to know every detail, but knowing the general process helps you to adapt and figure out new recipes. You basically need all of your ingredients to be surrounded by a cold container while physically mixing everything together. The process produces a chemical reaction that eventually blends your liquid ingredients into a more recognizable form of ice cream. As long as you have the right ingredients and the appropriate temperatures outside, you have the basics in place.
Even some of the biggest ice cream fans have never tried making it before. There are lots of reasons for people being a bit hesitant about the process. Some folks don't see a real need to make their own ice cream when they can just buy it at a partner or store. Why would you want to spend time involving yourself in a messy process when you can simply spend three dollars for a carton that will last you a couple of weeks? That's a perfectly reasonable question, and it's important to remember that making ice cream yourself might not be the most efficient thing you can do. But this isn't about practicality or saving time - it's about having fun! Being able to produce this frosty dessert yourself is a blast once you get a bit of experience with the process. Pretty soon you might consider yourself an expert ice cream maker that can impress even the most skeptical critic with your wonderful flavors.
If you take a look at any machine or device on the market, it is bound to replicate this process. Even something like the Play and Freeze ball which resembles a beach ball mimics these conditions inside. The outer ball is kept cool with ice and you provide the physical action yourself by throwing the ball around. A traditional hand crank model does the same thing as long as you don't mind turning everything with your own arms. You can even use two Ziploc bags (one bigger than the other) to re-create these conditions with one bag that contains ice and the inner bag with your ingredients.
If you choose to buy a professional ice cream maker for your home, it basically puts everything in place to repeat this process for you. For example, a Cuisinart model requires you to freeze the bowl beforehand by putting it in your refrigerator. Once it has reached the right temperature, you're ready to go as long as you have all of the ingredients you'll need. You simply put your chosen ingredients into the chilled bowl and the machine will churn everything for you. The outer bowl is already cold which provides the necessary temperature, and the automated motor takes care of the physical action.
Yes, you can make it in a bag!
It might not be the most economical choice, and you could make a big mess in your kitchen. But the purchase of a simple maker for home use could be one of the best additions to your appliance collection ever. There's nothing better than cooking up a storm and enjoying a family meal only to top it off with a great dessert-making session where everyone gets to contribute.
Understanding the basic steps allows you to expand on the process once you've made ice cream a few times. The true magic comes into play once you make additions using different recipes or ingredients. If you can make a simple vanilla ice cream, there's no reason why you can't expand your repertoire to include fancier flavors. This is when things start to get fun. You can get your family in on the action, and your kids will absolutely love being able to come up with special flavors using hand-picked ingredients. Not everything is going to come out perfectly the first time, but it's likely you won't make the same mistake twice.