Continuing our exploration of the components that make up that Holy Grail of modern home life, the Well-Equipped Kitchen … This week we’ll take a look at The Ice-Cream Maker.
Ice-cream makers used to seem to me like one of those embarrassingly single-function things—like quesadilla makers and popcorn poppers—that someone only had if they were married and had a very large wedding guest list. But last year, I lived with someone who owned an ice-cream maker, and began to see the advantages. Having your own ice-cream maker lets you control what goes into your product; we made fresh-fruit ice cream, vegan ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, whiskey ice cream, even salmon ice cream—though I wouldn’t recommend that last one.
The process of making ice cream is actually a lot quicker and easier than most people realize. And while you can certainly spend a lot on an ice cream maker if you want, there’s no shortage affordable options.
What It Does: If you’ve ever been a Girl Scout, visited an historical reenactment town or lived among the Amish, you may have witnessed (or even participated in) some hand-churned ice-cream making. An ice-cream maker eliminates the need for this. It does the churning for you, giving you thick, creamy ice-cream without the arm cramps. In addition to ice cream, you can make sorbet, frozen yogurt and gelato using an ice cream makers as well.
Options: Here’s a look at six options, from a $30 plastic-bucket machine to a $245 dollar machine made of stainless steel and hand-crafted white pine.
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