It’s cold. It’s soft. It’s sweet. How can that be a bad thing?
We recently bought a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker (ICE-25 Series). It makes ice cream in 25 minutes!! Of course the problem is that now making ice cream is just too, too easy. Want ice cream for dessert tonight? No problem. Want ice cream for lunch? No problem. I’ll just whip some up…
In fact, just the other day Gary asked if there was any ice cream and I said, “No, we’ve had ice cream twice this week already.” His reply was classically male: “Are there rules about how often you can have ice cream?” I made more.
I have to back up for a moment and talk about one of the things I find amusing about new purchases. The instruction booklets seem to get more and more explicit about possible dangers. I guess manufacturers have to guard against any possibility of getting sued. So…our ice cream maker comes with these cautions, among others:
1. Do not place cord, plug, or base of appliance in water.
2. This appliance should not be used by or near children or individuals with certain disabilities.
3. Do not use the freezer bowl on flames…
4. DO NOT immerse the motor base in water.
5. Do not disassemble the base.
Okay, now that we are safe, on to the ice cream making. The reason the ice cream maker operates so quickly and easily is because the freezer bowl contains a “cooling liquid” inside its double walls. The freezer bowl is kept inside your refrigerator freezer until you get ready to use it. In fact, before you use it the first time it is best to make sure it has been in the freezer for a couple of days. Anyway, this eliminates the use of ice and salt.
The basic vanilla recipe that comes with the machine is very, very simple: 1 cup whole milk, ¾ cup sugar, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 teasp. Vanilla. Everything should be cold.
Then there are a hundred variations, and we plan to try at least fifty of them!! My granddaughter has already given her seal of approval to the “peanut butter cup ice cream”. I may have to try that next week!
My son likes this recipe for cream cheese ice cream .
You may also want to read about America's Healthiest Ice Creams .