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Making Homemade Ice Cream


Have you ever made your own ice cream? Its creamy, rich flavor is so much better than the store-bought variety. Plus, making ice cream is easy and fun! Here is a look at several ways to make this sweet treat at home.

A great ice cream starts with a great ice cream recipe. According to the FDA, if your ice cream recipe calls for eggs, you will want to cook the custard to ensure that you cook out any possible bacteria from the raw eggs. Heat the ice cream base, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This will destroy any salmonella bacteria, if present. After cooking, chill the mixture completely before churning. Remember, the more fat you have in your recipe, the creamier the ice cream will be, no matter which method you use to churn it. Ice cream made with cream and egg yolks will be creamier and less icy than ice cream made with milk. Click here for a basic vanilla custard ice cream recipe.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? If you can imagine it, you can put it in ice cream. Add flavors, syrups or additional ingredients to your ice cream base to come up with your favorite flavor. You are only limited by your imagination! Fresh fruits, nuts and candies are all popular additions. Nuts, cookie bits and candies are best added towards the end of the ice cream making cycle.

When trying to figure out how to make your favorite treat, there are many options to consider. Some methods don't even require an ice cream machine. Here is a look at several different ways to make ice cream at home:

Electric Method:

This method is the most popular way to make ice cream. The ice cream base is placed in the inner tub of the machine surrounded by ice and salt. It spins continuously while the ice cream churns and hardens.
Equipment Needed: Electric ice cream maker; ice, rock salt
For more information, watch this YouTube video on making ice cream with an electric ice cream  machine.

Hand Crank Method:

Believe it or not, this is still a popular method for making this frozen treat. Perfect for making ice cream when you don't have access to electricity or when you have a large group willing to work for dessert!
Equipment Needed: hand crank wooden ice cream maker, ice, rock salt
For more information, watch this YouTube video on making ice cream with a hand crank machine.

Plastic Bag Method

This method requires two bags. Fill the smaller bag with the ice cream mixture. Seal tightly. Place in the larger bag surrounded with ice and salt. Seal the larger bag securely and shake for about 10 minutes.
Equipment Needed: Quart or pint-sized Ziploc bags, one gallon-sized Ziploc bag, ice, kosher salt
For more information, watch this YouTube video on making ice cream with the plastic bag method.

Freeze and Stir Method

This method involves stirring the ice cream every 30 minutes for about 3 hours as it hardens in the freezer. The stirring process prevents large ice crystals from forming while the mix freezes and keeps the consistency of the ice cream smooth and creamy.
Equipment Needed: Freezer safe container, whisk, rubber spatula
For more information, watch this YouTube video on making ice cream with the freeze and stir method.

Roll The Can Method

This method requires two cans with lids. Place the ice cream mix in the smaller can and then place the smaller can inside of the larger can with enough room around it to add ice and salt. Seal the can with tape. Roll the can around for about 20 minutes until the ice cream has hardened. This is a great family activity for small children.
Equipment Needed: Large metal can with lid, smaller metal can with lid, heavy tape, ice, rock salt
For more information, watch this YouTube video on making ice cream with the roll the can method.

One thing is certain - any way you make it,
ice cream is a delicious treat!


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