Shopping for Cooking Utensils
After my recent renewal of interest in cooking, I found myself shopping at several stores one day. I was looking for specific utensils to use in preparing certain recipes.
1.5 Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker
While I was studying the various items available to make my life easier in the kitchen, I found a small ice cream maker for a price I told myself I could afford. The body is made of plastic. There is a motor, with a short power cord, that fits into the lid. The plastic dash snaps into the base of the motor. The plastic top snaps onto the plastic base.
A Frozen Metal Container Freezes the Recipe
The last bit of the ice cream maker is a metal container that can hold 1.5 quarts of ice cream. I put the metal freezer container into my freezer until it is soooooo cold it freezes liquid on contact. At that point, it’s ready to go to work.
Freezing the Recipe Without Breaking the Ice Cream Maker
I’ve tried it three times now, and I’ve finally figured out how to get it to freeze without freezing on the sides of the freezer portion and locking the dash in place. I did not see this in the instructions, but here is what works best for me. I take the freezer tub out of my freezer and place it into the plastic base. I put the dash into the base of the motor (top part of this ice cream maker), snap the top onto the base (and freezer tub) and plug it in. This is all done before adding the ice cream recipe.
Now Add the Recipe
As soon as the ice cream maker is put together, with the frozen freezer tub inside and the dash ready to turn, I turn it on with no liquid inside. Then, using a funnel (to keep from losing the entire recipe), I pour four cups of the ice cream recipe through the funnel into the chute where you add nuts and chocolate and any other goodies late in the process. It works best for me that way, With the dash already turning, the recipe does not suddenly freeze on the edges of the freezer tub, but it freezes evenly.
Are You Ready for the Recipe?
This is the easiest recipe I found. It uses no eggs. It requires no cooking. It’s super-easy! That’s what I like for my “Cooking for the Motivationally Challenged” posts. And, that’s what I like for myself, too!
Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe for a 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker
Stir the following together and chill in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight, before pouring into your ice cream maker. (The only variation I made is that my freezer wants only 4 cups of the recipe, and it expands to 6 cups while it freezes. I mixed the recipe below, then poured in 4 cups and saved the rest for the next batch.)
No-Cook Homemade Ice Cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 cups whole milk
That’s all. That’s it. It’s that easy.
Just be sure your freezer tub insert has been in the freezer long enough to freeze liquid on contact. And, chill your ingredients long enough to have it really cold before adding it to the freezer. And, after the ice cream is ready, put it into an airtight container and put it into your freezer (if you don’t eat it all in one sitting!).
Two Recipes of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
I made two batches today. Actually, I mixed up the recipe last night, and made the first run this morning. Then, I thought the freezer can was still cold enough, so I mixed more and poured it in. (I did not follow the instructions to chill the ingredients before freezing or to add them to the freezer can straight from the freezer.) The second time it didn’t work. So, at this point, the recipe ingredients are cooling in the refrigerator and the freezer can is in the freezer. Maybe I’ll freeze the second batch tomorrow.I wrote this post on May 18, 2009.