Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Halle Cowart
The new, low-cost countertop ice cream makers have changed all that. No more bags of ice to fool with. No more worrying about the proportion of rock salt to ice. And, come to think of it, no more gallon or more of ice cream when all you wanted was enough to serve four people.
At the end of the freezing cycle (25 to 30 minutes, depending upon the quantity of the recipe), the ice cream will be frozen, but not as firm as you would like. You transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and put it in your refrigerator's freezer compartment for two to three hours. The unit I have used most is the single-bowl Model CIM-20 Cuisinart, which is pictured on this page. It makes up to one and one-half quarts of ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt, and I recommend it. It is not terribly noisy, but remember that it will be on continuously for up to a half hour, so if noise bothers you, take it in a room where you can shut the door and let it do its thing without getting on your nerves. If you planned on listening to music or watching television while it runs, I'd definitely put it in a different room.