Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Daphne Hsu.
Blenders. Many ice cream shops offer blended ice cream treats such as milkshakes, malts, and concretes. A concrete is a thick ice cream treat that is usually mixed with toppings such as nuts, fruit, candy, or flavored syrups. Ice cream shops use special blenders that have a thin rod with an attached blade. Ice cream is placed into a serving cup and covered with a splatter guard. Then the rod is inserted into the cup of ice cream, and the immersion blender attachment is used to mix the treat within the serving cup. This reduces prep time dramatically.
Testing criteria. We tested eight widely available ice cream makers under $100 and evaluated each for the quality of the finished ice cream and sorbet, how long the canister or disk stayed cold, ease of use, and noise (listed in order of importance). Winners and also-rans. As we found out after testing eight machines (six electric and two manual), despite design similarities, there were performance differences. For some, the canisters just couldn’t stay cold long enough, resulting in a softer, sometimes sloppy ice cream. For others, the machine incorporated too much air into the mixture, in some cases creating ice cream with the consistency of frozen whipped cream. After making batch upon batch of plain vanilla ice cream, vanilla with crushed Oreos, and lemon sorbet, the four machines featured below stood out as our favorite choices.
Earn extra money throughout the year by selling frozen yogurt at public and private events. You can become a vendor at local fairs, flea markets, farmers markets or festivals, or sell it at children's parties and other events. Network with event planners, event centers and members of play groups in your town to gain such clients.
Frozen Yogurt (or Froyo). More tart in flavor. Made with milk rather than cream, which lowers fat content. Contains active cultures which can help with digestive health. Sorbet. Low in calories and fat. Made by blending and freezing sweetened water with fruit puree. Dairy-free.