Let’s talk about the home Ice-Cream maker
There are two varieties you can purchase for home use.
- The fist is the Ice-cream maker that comes with a big bowl that you have to pop in your freezer overnight to get them good and cold ready for churning.
- The second is a unit that comes with a built-in fridge.
First, the overnight bowl model.
Way back when my son was eight, he had a lot of food intolerances. My gorgeous mum bought us a pop in the freezer bowl model. (I don’t remember which brand) It seemed like such a good idea at the time. I could make ice-cream for our son using ingredients he could tolerate.
We were excited. The downside, I had to remove a whole lot of stuff from my freezer to fit it in. We left it overnight and made some the next day after school. It turned out well, but every time I wanted to use it, I had to find space in the freezer. Needless to say, it didn’t get used as much as I thought I would. But, If you have space in your freezer, I’d go for the one that has a 2-litre bowl. For one the extra size will give it more freezing powers (the temperature will stay colder longer), and of course, you don’t have to use all 2 litres at once, but having the option would be nice.
Second the built-in fridge model.
Alright, I’ve still got two ice cream machines. A sunbeam and yep you guessed it a Breville. I prefer the Breville; it has a lot more features. I know there’s a theme happening here. Honest, Breville does not give me any money for recommending their products, I think they’ve really thought about what the customer wants and how best to achieve it in a home kitchen. Their smart range really is smart.
Alright let’s get down to it, how does it work?
You plug it in and press the pre-cool button. The machine will start cooling down to -30°c it only takes about 10 minutes with nothing in.
Once the machine reaches the right temperature, pour in your ice cream base and click start.
When it’s done, it sounds a tune or bell. Yep, you have a choice of a Mr Whippy like tune. That’s what sold me. LOL not really, but it is fun, and you can’t miss it. But just in case you do miss the tune, it will turn on it’s “keep it cold function” automatically.
It has 12 pre-set settings to choose from, I’m usually making ice cream, so I choose the coldest. It takes around 20 minutes for mine to finish churning so making ice cream for dessert when guests are coming for dinner is soooo easy. Shhhhh, don’t tell them it’s so easy. My guests seem to love ice-cream and always find room for it. I offer a low-fat, low sugar version or high fat utterly decadent version. They usually take some of each. 😉
Drawbacks with the model I have.
- You can only make 1 litre of ice-cream at a time. But that’s ok by me; I usually want different flavours, so a litre of each is ok.
- The bowl is made from an anodised metal which means you can’t put it in the dishwasher. They all seem to have that though, must have something to do with the freezing function. Whoops put mine in the dishwasher, it’s a funny colour now, but it still works just fine. 😉
Drawbacks of any Homemade Ice-cream
- Homemade ice cream needs to be eaten within one to three weeks depending on ingredients. Bummer LOL
- If you overeat ice-cream, you’ll get fat. Bummer except you can make it low fat.
- It’s really too easy to make if you have a Thermomix, I’ve found myself making it while I’m waiting for my dinner to cook and able to serve it up about 1/2 an hour after dinner. Bummer. LOL
Things I love about the Breville Smart Scoop Ice-cream Maker
- You can have ice cream on the table in an hour or less depending on your recipe.
- You can make it and know exactly what’s gone in. Make it lower fat or decadently luscious. Want to use less sugar? Go for it and it will still taste great.
- You don’t have to find space in the freezer to freeze the bowl.
- You can easily remove the bowl for cleaning.
- It has a precool function, so it’s quicker once the ice-cream base is poured in.
- I know they take up bench space, but if ice-cream is essential at your place, you’ll find a spot. LOL
If Heston uses one then I’m having it LOL but watch the video and he explains a lot.