We all know how powerful the desire for ice cream can be. How many times have we used it for a reward? Parents know the allure and probably use it more often than they care to admit to bribe their kids to do something for them. There really is no easier way to treat yourself than to have a great big bowl of creamy goodness. This is why owning an ice cream machine is perhaps the simplest way to increase the fun factor in your kitchen. You just might be surprised with how you can uplift the attitude of your entire family with one of these small appliances at your disposal.
Plethora of Treats
The good times will never seem to end as there are almost countless recipes for ice cream and other frozen treats like gelato and sorbet that you can find online. You will never get bored. We have had one of these in our kitchen for a number of years now and it is still one of the most used appliances in our kitchen. We are always finding new ways to experiment and treat our palate to something indulgent and delectable. Here are just a couple of our new favorites that we have tried in recent weeks that have been a hit in our house.
Banana Ice Cream With Chocolate Chips
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips ( more if you prefer)
- 1 box banana flavored pudding mix
Preparation: Mix 1 cup of the milk with the sugar and egg yolks. Heat over medium heat stirring constantly. Cook this mixture for 9 minutes or until it thickens. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
Combine the rest of the milk, pudding mix, and vanilla together. Then stir this into the custard, banana and chocolate chips. Pour this into the ice cream maker can. Turn on and set according to the makers instructions. When its done spoon your fresh ice cream into a plastic freezer container and freeze until firm.
Peppermint Ice Cream With Mint Chips
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup finely crushed peppermint candies
- 1 cup peppermint chocolate chips
Preparation: Mix 1 and 1/2 cups milk and the egg yolks. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat for about nine minutes. Stir this mixture constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool. Mix this egg mixture and extract and the rest of the milk in a bowl. Cover this and chill it an hour. Then stir in the mint chocolate chips and the crushed candy bits. Pour into an ice cream maker at this point. When its done remove and spoon into a plastic freezer container and let freeze until firm.
Home Ice Cream Machine Advantages
There are plenty of reasons that you could use to justify spending money one of these for your kitchen. Here are some we came up that won’t reduce some of the guilt.
This is perhaps the number one reason to get one of these, they do not cost that much. We recently went hunting for the best ice cream maker and found that the two top rated machines cost well under $100 with the top spot costing under $50. Even though you cannot put a price on happiness, this is a pretty good starting point. Treating your family to something that they will love does not have to break the bank.
Sure, there are more expensive models that offer slightly more convenience and bells and whistles that would be nice to have, but you really don’t need them in order to make some ice cream. The less costly machines will do a great job as well.
Brings Everyone Together
Ice cream is also a great way to get the kids to be quiet and to get them out of the room. Making dessert can be a family experience that everyone gets rewarded for in the end. Time in the kitchen becomes more enjoyable and the experience is something that can bring everyone closer together. This is a tad corny I know, but this is something that you can tell yourself when splurging on one of these machines.
Making ice cream at home is really not that hard. Perhaps the toughest part of the entire process is deciding on a recipe to try. After that it is simply a matter of mixing the ingredients and waiting for everything to chill. Clean up is a cinch as well. Cheap and easy are a great combination.
There are more good reasons to get your own ice cream maker than there are not to get one. Life is short and you work hard, you deserve to live a little and some ice cream is one way to do this. We always want folks to find ways to have fun in the kitchen and this is definitely a great way to do just that.