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Video:How to Use an Ice Cream Maker

with Michele Manfredi

It's easier than you think to use an ice cream maker at home. Follow these instructions to use an ice cream maker effectively.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use an Ice Cream Maker

Hello, I'm Michele Manfredi for About.com Food. Today I'd like to show you how to use an electric ice-cream maker.

These machines are really simple to use and very easy to operate. Lets go through the different parts.

Parts of an Ice Cream Maker

This is the base, which is basically the motor, and all it has is a simple on/off switch.

The next and most important part is the freezer bowl. This stays in your freezer until you're ready to make ice cream. It needs to be frozen at least 24 hours before you begin making ice cream. The reason is there is a special gel inside this that has to be completely frozen for this to work.

The next part is this white piece which goes in the center of the freezer bowl, this is called the paddle and this is what churns the ice cream. Once the paddle is in place, simply take the clear cover, place it over the top, and it locks in place.

Tips for Using an Ice Cream Maker

Ok we're going to flip the power switch to on, and we're going to slowly pour in our ice cream mixture. Any standard ice cream recipe will work, and in fact, almost all of these machines will come with a booklet that's filled with recipes. Know matter what recipe you use, the most important thing is that it is very cold before you put it into the machine. This is absolutely crucial. As the mixture spins, it begins to freeze against the inside of the canister. The edge of the paddle scrapes the ice crystals and churns them back into the center so that your ice cream mixture slowly freezes and thickens. It's this constant spinning and churning motion that results in the smooth, creamy, rich ice cream. This step will take approximately 20 minutes.

How to Know When the Ice Cream is Done

You know you're done, when it's the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. When it reaches the proper texture, turn off the machine, pull out the paddle, and use a spatula to scrape the ice cream back into the bowl. If you're going to add things like chocolate chips or nuts to your ice cream, do it at this stage.

Cover it in plastic, or transfer it into another airtight container and freeze until completely firm.

And that's it, you're ready to enjoy delicious, homemade ice cream. I hope you give this a try and see how easy it is to make ice cream at home. Enjoy!

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