Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Gwendolyn Shin.
If you leaf through an ice cream recipe collection, you will notice that there are many different ways to make ice cream, i.e., cooked mixtures and uncooked mixtures, recipes with and without eggs, recipes calling for whole milk, half-and-half or heavy cream, or combinations. Even though most of the fun in this whole experience is in the eating, a lot of the fun - for the cook, anyway-is in experimenting with recipes. Once I found my favorite vanilla ice cream, for instance, it became my base recipe for most of the fresh fruit ice creams I make like peach, raspberry and strawberry.
Flavor tags: Do you have an establishment where you make your ice cream from scratch? Use tags to brand your hand-crafted flavors. Tags are a great way to promote monthly feature flavors, or draw attention to nuts or other high-allergy products to protect the health of your customers.
What’s the difference between an ice cream dipper and spade? An ice cream dipper is the same as a traditional scooper. You simply reach into your freezer and scoop out perfectly portioned amounts. A spade, on the other hand, comes in handy when your ice cream tub is running low. You can use the spade to scrape the sides of the container to retrieve excess ice cream, so none will go to waste. It also works well for packing ice cream.
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.