Hot summer days are the perfect time to try making homemade ice cream! I've recently discovered the endless possibilities we can make with an ice cream maker: custard, gelato, old-fashioned and soft serve just to name a few. Add in fresh fruits, chocolate chips and nuts...the possibilities of customizing are positively endless.
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There is nothing better than gathering a group of friends together to sit under the stars with homemade ice cream. If you're newer to the homemade ice cream trend or a seasoned pro, here are a few tips for making homemade ice cream with an ice cream maker. Hopefully this post will inspire you to break out the machine this weekend and get started.
1. Give your freezer bowl time to freeze.
Make sure you are thinking ahead prior to making homemade ice cream. If you are using an electric ice cream maker, they include the freezer bowl that typically needs at least a full 24 hours to completely freeze ahead of time, so make sure you allow adequate time. One of the thing we do at our house is keep the freezer bowl in the freezer at all times for those impromptu cravings!
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2. How do you know when its done?
A great way to tell if the ice cream is done is to take a spoon and scoop up the ice cream. If it holds its shape when scooped, it's ready. If not, continue to freeze it to the firmness desired.
3. If you're saving it for later, give it a little time to warm up.
4. When adding your toppings, plan for the perfect moment to toss them in.
5. It's important to know what parts of the fruit will be tasty in the ice cream.
The following ingredients will taste amazing if you do the following:
- Peaches and nectarines: remove skins, pits and bruised area
- Strawberries: remove the cap (the green part)
- Figs: Remove stems and bruises
- Mangoes: Peel, and cut the flesh off the stone.