Making ice cream without any over-the-top gadget helps you manage cost, but it requires patience and a bit more time than when using a machine. This technique was created by writer, Nicole Doster and nutritionist Peggy Woodward of Taste of Home.
- First of all, to prepare homemade ice-cream, you'll need:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Prepare the pan
The pan must be made of stainless steel for optimum effects during use. You have to freeze the pan, so it also has to be certified safe for use in one.
2. Mix all the ingredients
While the pan is still in the freezer, pour the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved into the creamy mixture. You can also stop mixing when you find that the mixture is silky smooth.
Either way, you shouldn't be able to feel the grainy texture of the sugar.
3. Freeze the mixture
After adequate mixing, transfer the mixture from the bowl to the frozen pan. Place this in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.
After then, check the ice cream. At this point, the edges should just start to harden if it has stayed in the freezer long enough. So, when you notice that the edges have started freezing, take out the pan and beat the mixture again – use a hand mixer this time.
However, make sure not to overdo this, you just need to do enough to smoothen the mixture.
4. Put the mixture back in the freezer
The last step of preparation is to return the pan to the freezer. While the mixture freezes, check it every 30 minutes.
At every 30-minute interval, you should take the mixture out to beat it again. You'll have to do this four or five times until the ice cream has fully set and frozen.
The result is a smooth and creamy mixture that can be stored for as long as you want in a tightly sealed container.
Having known these basic steps, you can modify your ice cream to suit your preferences. This includes adding chunks of sweet candy, dark chocolate and many others.
Serve the ice cream with any garnish of your choice or further develop it into a new recipe like chocolate ice-cream cookies! There is no end to creativity when it comes to making ice cream.
Not only are you getting a delicious product, the technique is cost effective, and can be a fun idea to spend time with children.