Tips for Improved Ice Cream Using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker
Process for Making Ice Cream
Ice Cream making is a two-part process: "conversion" and "ripening." After conversion (freezing with the ice cream maker attachment), the ice cream will be a "soft-serve" consistency. The "ripening" process takes place in the freezer, where the ice cream will harden over 2 - 4 hours. Follow recommended mixer speeds. Faster speeds will slow the conversion process.
- Have the ice cream bowl attached and the mixer running before pouring in the ice cream mixture.
- Batter volume grows significantly during freezing. The initial batter should not exceed 46 oz. to produce 2 quarts of ice cream.
- Keep in mind that freezing subdues sweetness, so recipes won't taste quite as sweet once they are frozen.
The freeze bowl must be completely frozen to make ice cream or frozen desserts. Place the bowl in the freezer for a minimum of 15 hours. It is best to store the freeze bowl at the back of the freezer where it is the coldest. The freeze bowl should be used immediately after removal from the freezer. Even a few minutes out of the freezer before using will affect your results. Storing the freeze bowl in the freezer at all times allows you the flexibility to make your favorite frozen desserts on a whim.
Ice Cream batter should be cooled to refrigerator temperature before freezing in the ice cream maker attachment. "Cooked" recipes should be refrigerated at least 8 hours before freezing in the ice cream maker attachment.
For a Creamier Ice Cream
Most ice cream recipes call for a combination of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar. The type of cream you choose will determine how rich in flavor and how creamy the texture of the finished result. The higher percentage of fat in the cream, the richer and creamier your ice cream will be. Any combination can be used, as long as the liquid measurement stays the same. Lighter ice creams can be made by using more milk than cream, or by eliminating cream. Skim milk will work, but there will be a noticeable difference in texture.
To make a creamier ice cream use a cream with higher fat content. Low fat creamers will make the end texture grainy.
Type of Cream Fat %
- Heavy Cream 36%
- Whipping Cream 30%
- Light Cream 18%
- Half-and-Half 10%
Adding Solid Ingredients
If you choose to add additional ingredients such as fruit, nuts, and candies, add them 12 - 15 minutes into the freezing process.
Removing and Storing the Ice Cream
Ice cream will be a soft-serve consistency and can be served immediately. If you prefer harder ice cream, put the mixture in a shallow container for freezing. Ice cream should be removed from the bowl with a non-metallic spoon or spatula.
Storing the ice cream in the freeze bowl will create "rock" hard ice cream that will be difficult to remove from the bowl and may cause damage to the bowl if a metal scoop or utensil is used.
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