Ice Cream Equipment / June 22, 2018 / Gwendolyn Shin
Ice Cream Basics. Carlisle CM101202 White 3 Gallon Coldmaster Ice Cream Cold Crock with Lid. Keeping your ice cream at safe holding temperatures is very important. Ice cream is perishable, and if not stored properly, is subject to adverse changes in both the texture and flavor. Your freezer should always remain below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the ice cream is thoroughly frozen and hard to the touch. If your ice cream begins to slowly defrost, ice crystals will form, which leaves a crunchy consistency, and therefore, an unsatisfying experience for the customer.
Cuisinart makes another model, the Flavor Duo, with two 1-quart freezer bowls, which enables you to make two different kinds of ice cream simultaneously. These countertop units are very affordable (both well under $100) and produce excellent ice cream and a variety of other frozen desserts. By the way, the difference in these units and the Italian gelato makers costing $600-$700 is the mechanism involved. These more expensive makers do not require pre-frozen freezer bowls, but contain little compressors that actually chill and eventually freeze the ice cream - a much more complex piece of equipment.