Ice cream makers are great additions in your home, especially if you love the soft cold treats. There are so many models to choose from and by looking at the different features you should be able to select the most suitable for your needs. After investing in a reliable equipment for your ice cream making efforts, you will need to use the properly and also accord it the care and maintenance it deserves so keep getting the best from it.
With proper usage you will enjoy smoother finished textures instead of soupy ice creams. Regular washing and proper care on the other hand ensures food safety, your ice cream maker needs proper cleaning and sanitization and it helps to know how to go about it.
Tip 1 – Read the directions of use that come with your machine. Even if you have used one before, it is still very important that you go through the manual because models can be s little different. Using manufacturer guidelines keeps your machine in top shape and ensures you enjoy perfect desserts every time.
Tip 2 – Chill your ingredients before you churn. Pouring warm ice cream base into the machine only means that you have to wait longer for cooling and churning to take effect and this can affect finished product quality depending on the type of machine you have. To enjoy smoothest textures it helps to first refrigerate liquid before freezing.
Tip 3 – Freeze your canister ahead of time. Some machines require that you freeze bowl or the canister before the process. Ensure therefore, that you give it a full day in the freezer so by the time you make your next batch it is ready.
Tip 4 – Let your mix-ins come last. If you love your ice cream with nuts or chocolate chips or other kinds of mix-ins, do not add too early. It is best that you add them when your ice cream is about done. Remember the machines are not designed for the harder ingredients so only add a few seconds before you stop the process.
Tip 5 – Never overfill the machine. Air is needed during the churning process to give it that light, soft texture instead of ending up with a solid block. Ensure therefore, that you only fill canister halfway.
Tip 6 – To clean the machine, start by emptying and wipe any hardened ice cream off the scraping blades. You should then flush water until you can clear water coming out.
Tip 7 – Take the machine apart following the manual so you know which parts are detachable for washing. You can then use warm soapy water to clean freezing chamber. If it does not have wash cycle setting, you can use a kitchen scrub brush to clean inner moving parts. You can add bleach to kill bacteria, but then you must soak all parts for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with clean water and dry on clean towels.