Tired of having to drive to the store every single time you want an ice cream or some gelato? Sick of the queues at the checkout till? Do you secretly cringe when you look at the ingredients on the pack of your favorite store-bought frozen treats you buy? Well, here is a chance to make your very own tasty, healthy dessert at home. All you need is an ice cream maker.
While that is easier said than done, I can show you a few tips and guidelines to picking the best one for you. Picking an ice cream maker for your home CAN be a confusing process when you are confronted with the wide range of appliances available. This article will make the process much easier. I break down the main features that differentiate these kitchen gadgets from each other and you can pick which ones are important to you to help you make a purchase decision.
Some ice cream makers work by freezing the ice cream base using salt and ice. Others use a freezer bowl machine, while others have an in-built compressor that is used to produce your chosen frozen delight. Whichever model is chosen, you are guaranteed to enjoy your dessert in a short time.
I have five features that you should consider when choosing an ice cream maker for your home. In no particular order, here goes:-
a. Size of batch – Making just enough gelato or sorbet to go with dinner for you and your loved one? Or making enough to feed the whole neighbourhood? The amount of dessert you will produce is a key determinant in choosing a machine. Some produce only up to 1 litre while some others produce up to 4 litres. It’s better to buy a machine with a slightly larger quantity than you would typically use. This allows for a little extra yummy treat for you when you want.
b. Design and Looks – Whether you have a minimalist kitchen or a really retro, homely kitchen? You should keep the general feel of your kitchen space in mind when deciding which appliances to buy. Many ice cream makers come in multiple colours so it’s easy to find one that will match your kitchen decor.
c. Multiple use – Maybe you prefer the thick richness of gelato, or the smooth fruity taste of sorbets. You may even want to try out some adult slushies. You may think this will require you to have more than one frozen dessert maker, but that’s not true. You can purchase one appliance that does all this.
d. Speed of production – You can have your dessert in as little as 20 minutes, with the right kind of ice cream maker. The freezer-bowl model requires you to freeze the bowl for up to 24 hours before use, while the internal compressor model allows you to make frozen desserts almost instantaneously.
e. Price – Ice cream makers range from over $1,000 to less than $40. This may put some people off, but, trust me, with a few adjustments, you can use the cheaper models to achieve whatever culinary masterpiece you want to.
These are some of the main features to consider when considering an ice cream maker for your home. Picking the features that matter to you will greatly help you narrow down the perfect machine for you.