The Ice Cream Maker has become an important appliance in today’s kitchen. Ice Cream Makers come in different sizes and colours to compliment your kitchen and other appliances. These machines help you create the exact flavour you want and often with less than 45minutes preparation time. Choosing your own ingredients gives you the possibility of healthy options plus control over the ingredients and additives used – especially useful for people with allergies. Homemade ice cream is a great way to boost your 5-a-day intake when made with fresh fruit. It’s fun, especially for kids who are usually only too eager to come up with suggestions for new flavours. You can have fresh ice cream whenever you like often within 45 minutes.
Using an ice-cream machine is quite straightforward. You pour your pre-chilled mix into your machine, which simultaneously churns and freezes it. Churning mixes in air and stops ice crystals from forming. Most makers have a viewing window so you can watch the transformation occurring. After about 30-40 minutes, creamy, soft ice cream is all yours. In most cases, you can pop it in your freezer to stiffen it up a bit before it’s truly ready. It’s easy to tell when it is ready. The paddle will stop, or struggle to turn as the ice cream thickens. You then switch off the machine.
One huge advantage of having an ice-cream machine is that you can make an infinite range of recipes. As well as traditional ices, you can make sorbet and granita (a slushy dessert) or try using tofu, fromage frais or yogurt.
To ensure you make full use of these handy appliances, here are some things that you should consider before making a purchase.
Size/Capacity of the Ice Cream Maker – Although many makers have a 0.7 litre capacity, there are some which can make over double this amount. Careful consideration should there be given to choosing a size which meets your needs.
Pre-Freezing Bowl or Built-in Freezer – Most reasonably priced ice cream makers have a removable bowl which you have to pre-freeze before it can be used. Make sure you check the product information as to how long the bowl must be frozen for and if you feel you’d rather not have to pre-plan making ice cream in advance, you should opt for a model which has a built-in freezer.
Cycle Time – Most product can freeze-churn ice cream mixture within 20 to 30 minutes however you should carefully check the product description for the estimated timescale.
Spare Parts – Check to see if the manufacturer offers spare parts in particular paddles or extra freezer bowls which can be handy to have as back-ups.
Extras – Check the product descriptions when you are choosing your product to see whether or not any extra items are included such as a pouring jug, spatula or a recipe book. A recipe book specifically relating to the model being purchased is particularly useful as it will give you a general guide as to ingredient amounts which you can then use to modify other ice cream recipes you may have.
Safety Features – Check the product description for additional safety features such as non-slip feet and interlocking lids.
Standard Safety Marks, Warranties, Manual – Look for a model with a recognised safety mark for your particular country which is a sign that the manufacturer follows the best safety precautions and for a model with at least a 1 year warranty.
Good Reviews – Check cooking magazines and websites to read microwave reviews from other consumers and businesses.
You can find a style and design that fulfills all your needs from our wide range of Ice Cream Makers and Machines. The best way to make the purchase is to comprehensively research about the various brands and models available.
In fact, if you are shopping online, you can always check out the best prices at numerous stores offering kitchen appliances for sale.