An ice cream maker is a machine, which makes ice cream by stirring the ice cream mixture, while this mixture is freezing.The ice-cream maker is an appliance, which allows you to make delicious ice cream by using your own ingredients and recipes. In addition, most ice-cream makers can mix frozen drinks, gelatos, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.The ice-cream makers work by mixing the ingredients together and freezing the mixture at the same time.Depending on the type of the ice-ream maker, pre-freezing might or might not be required. Some ice-cream makers have opening that allows additional ingredients such as cookies, chocolate pieces, raisins, or other dried fruit to be added towards the end of the process.Using an ice-cream maker allows you to make quickly frozen drinks or delicious frozen desserts for your family or your guests. The smaller appliances typically have 1l capacity, which is perfect for making ice cream for a four-member family.
The self-refrigerating, semi-professional machines are large enough to mix much bigger quantities in 20 minutes or less and can make one batch after another without interruption. They are perfect for a small coffee shop or restaurant, but could come in handy if you need to entertain a large group of guests at home as well. In addition, having your own ice-cream maker allows you to use high quality products only and experiment with the recipes in order to create new delicious flavors.
The most basic models are the manual ones, where the mixture is stirred with a hand crank – they are ideal for anyone, who wishes to make ice cream the old-fashioned way and typically use a mixture of rock salt and ice as a freezing agent. The next type is the freezer-unit ice cream machine, which is kept in the freezer and it slowly churns the mixture, while it is cooling down. These types of ice-cream makers are hardly ever used since they operate slowly and the whole unit has to be placed inside the freezer, while still plugged in.