Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Bella Hyman
Frost shields: Nobody likes the taste of freezer-burnt ice cream! You can help prevent frost build-up by purchasing a frost shield for your freezer. These shields install quickly and easily into your unit and accumulate the frost that would otherwise form on your ice cream. Not only do frost shields help improve the taste of your ice cream, but they also save you money by preserving your ice cream and keeping it fresher longer.
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.