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Homemade Ice Cream

Have you ever wondered how you can make your own homemade ice cream? Surprisingly, it's not that difficult to do, and can be quite enjoyable. In fact, there is something special about homemade ice cream that seems to make it more enjoyable. Maybe it's the time and effort that you need to put into it, or perhaps it's the fact that you can choose your own ingredients. Whatever it is, making homemade ice cream can be a blast if you know what to do.

Now, while it is possible to save some money when making homemade ice cream, it is not necessarily a given that you will. In large part it depends on the quality of the ingredients that you choose to make your ice cream with. Keep in mind that high-quality ice cream is going to cost more whether you buy it or you make it. To truly make some great tasting homemade ice cream, you need to first make sure that you understand the items you will need.

  • Ice cream maker. One of the most important items that you will need is the ice cream maker itself. There are many different kinds that you can get, all of which will work to some extent or another. Each of the different ice cream makers available will work in different ways, but primarily there are two that you need to worry about. The first are manual ones where you do the work yourself, and there are electric ones which will do the majority of the work for you.
  • Base. The base that you use will play a large roll in the type of ice cream, or frozen desert, that you get. In the United States you should use a base that contains at least 10% milk fat, and no more than 50% air, to qualify with the name of "ice cream." Premium and super premium ice creams will have a milk fat content that is between 13% and 17%, while having a lower air content. Sherbet base will have a milk fat content that is between one and two percent, while sorbets contain absolutely no dairy at all.
  • Ingredients. If you are going to be making any ice cream that will have a natural flavor then you want to make sure you are using the freshest possible ingredients. For example, if you are going to be making vanilla flavored ice cream, try to use real vanilla beans as opposed to vanilla extract. Fresher ingredients will lead to a better tasting, and more enjoyable, experience.
 

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