Ice cream machine!

As a summer gift to ourselves, we invested in an ice cream machine. We dithered so long about whether or not to buy that Cuisinart came out with a new model in the meantime, so we snatched that one. According to the review/comments, it makes a slightly less-soft or runny product than the earlier model, so that's good.

My first batch of ice cream was chocolate of course. I followed the recipe in the booklet that came with the machine. It was very simple--cocoa powder (I used Dutch process), sugar (I used light brown instead of dark brown and it seemed fine), vanilla extract and milk. Here's where I found that big advantage of making your own ice cream: you can customize the fat content and the dairy (or non-dairy) source. Instead of using 1 cup of whole milk and 2 cups of cream, I used 1 cup of raw milk and 2 cups of 2%. The resulting "ice milk" was excellent--rich chocolate flavor, nice not-too-soft texture, and oh my goodness the excitement of making my own ICE CREAM. Also I bet it is cheaper than store-bought. Perhaps I was addled but I thought it cost about $1.50 to make a quart.

May this be the first in a long series of fabulous ice cream adventures.


ValleyWriter said...

Good for you! I'm so jealous. As I've mentioned, the Mr. says "no" to an ice cream machine because he thinks we (he) would get fat. Perhaps I will have to try this "you can control the fat" angle on him...

Happy Ice Cream Making!

"Prof. Kitty" said...

Thanks VW! I think if Mr. VW eats ice cream at all, you could try selling him on the low-fat angle for sure, AND the "it pays for itself" angle too! Fresh ice cream is soooo good!