Follow These Tips to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

February 3, 2016

homemade ice cream tipsMaking homemade ice cream is a fun activity for adults and kids alike. If you want to try your hand at making your own ice cream, here are some tips to help you get the right texture and flavor.

• Most ice cream maker bowls take 24 hours to freeze. Store your bowl in the freezer wrapped tightly in a plastic bag so it will be ready at any time and you won’t have to wait to make the treat you are craving.

• Make the batter for your ice cream as cold as possible. You can pour it into a quart-sized container and chill it in the refrigerator overnight.

• It is important not to overfill your ice cream maker because it will not aerate properly. You will get the best results if the ice cream maker is three-quarters full.

• When you are making custard-based ice cream and tempering egg yolks, pour only 3 or 4 tablespoons of hot cream into the yolks at a time and then whisk them into the cream. Pour the cream in very slowly.

• If you use alcohol in your ice cream recipe, moderation is important. Using more than ¼ cup will prevent the ice cream from freezing properly.

• Add vanilla, maple, almond, or other extracts after the batter has cooled and before churning to get the best flavor.

• If you are using chocolate chips, nuts, candy, or other mix-ins, only add them for the last minute of churning, after the ice cream is done. You just want to distribute them evenly throughout the ice cream.

• It is best to store homemade ice cream in a shallow, flat container to promote an even consistency.

• You can prevent ice crystals from forming by covering the surface of the ice cream with a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper before you close the container.

• Homemade ice cream keeps well for up to a week and then begins to lose its flavor and creamy texture. Try to eat your ice cream quickly.

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