Homemade Ice Cream: What do I need to know and where should I start?
July 27, 2011 8:26 AM Subscribe
I bought an ice cream maker! (The well praised Cuisinart
) Now what? Looking for tips, recipes, and all around homemade ice cream 101.
posted by royalsong to Food & Drink (40 answers total) 86 users marked this as a favorite
I've washed it out and stuck the bowl in the lowest part of my freezer. I'm headed to the store later today to pick up ingredients. I want to make everything this machine can make. Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, all of it.
What ingredients do I need to keep on hand if I wanted ice cream in a moments notice? Most of our frozen delight cravings come randomly, so while we will occasionally plan to make ice cream.. it will mostly be a spontaneous event. I'd like to have "the basics" in order to do this. Especially for ice cream, what are the basic ingredients?
What is the best ice cream base you've tasted? Is it possible to make this base up ahead of time and just add flavoring before pouring it into the maker? Extra points if it has very few ingredients.
I'm scared about the raw eggs aspect of ice cream making. I know the chances of eggs containing salmonella are really low, but I don't fancy my luck. I know some eggs come pasteurized, are there any national (USA) brands? Will pasteurized eggs work for frozen treats? Is there something I could completely substitute in place of the eggs?
I know there are books out there, but I am extraordinarily bad at following cookbooks. I don't want a book. I'd happily take any blogs, tutorial videos, or informational websites about ice cream making though.
I'd also love to hear your experiences making homemade ice cream. What worked? What didn't work? What advice would you give to an excited but inexperienced cook?
(I know there are a ton of crazy wacky flavors out there, but I'm only interested in the more traditional flavors for now. After I'm a HICMM [Homemade Ice Cream Making Master], you might see another askMe from me about the wacky ones!)