A typical hot summer day requires a tub of ice cream for an instant boost of happiness. It is the ideal summer dessert, one that cools you off after a hot day in the sun. Ice cream also comes in hundreds of flavors, making it harder to choose just one.
However, with the on-going pandemic, most ice cream shops are forced to temporarily close and others have to opt for pick-up and carry-out services. With these limitations, there are some who opted to make their own frozen treats at home.
Learn these easy ways on how to make your own ice cream at home. Some may say that making ice cream is a long and challenging process, but it’s actually very easy and doesn’t require any cooking skills. Just the right ingredients and tools to assist you along the way.
How to make ice cream at home
The process begins with making an ice cream base and cooking it on a stovetop. The next step is to add the base to an ice cream maker to freeze and blend the mixture together. Then you need to let the machine do its job. Once it’s done, put it in the freezer for a few more hours for it to set. This process takes about three hours from start to finish.
What ingredients to use
The basic ingredients in making an ice cream include milk, heavy cream, white sugar, and vanilla. Others add brown rice syrup to the base instead of liquid sweeteners like corn syrup as it gives the ice cream a nutty flavor. Others use tapioca flour to thicken ice cream and absorb excess moisture present in the mixture.
When it comes to ice cream flavors, you should use falvors and ingredients you love so that it can inspire you. Do not be afraid to introduce unique twists to recipes, like adding jalapeno peppers or fragrant spices.
Easy tips and tricks when making ice cream
- Cook your ice cream base for five to ten minutes, longer than recipes recommend over a low boil because it evaporates moisture out of the ice cream base which helps frozen the treat, achieving a creamier texture.
- Bourbon, coconut milk, and banana complement each other well. You can use them for flavors. It is also suggested to add a little instant espresso powder, which amps up the flavor of chocolate. Whiskey is also an interesting flavor to add in the ice cream, boiling it to eliminate its alcohol content if you want to make a family-friendly ice cream.
- Put the ice cream scooper in hot water to make it warm before serving ice cream. It will help cut through hard, frozen, ice cream. You can also use spoons with grooves in them to scoop ice cream to give it a nice shape.
- For ice cream with dairy-free or vegetable-based milk, you can add olive oil to the mixture as it helps make dairy-free ice cream bases less watery.
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