I have been asked by several people, if you can make the ice cream recipes without an ice cream machine. I tested the vanilla bean ice cream. What I did was use a hand held mixer, and got as much air into the mixture, before I put it into a freezer safe container. I checked on it 2 hours later and it was still very soft and runny. I left over night and checked again in the morning. It had been in the freezer for around 12 hours now. Yes it had thickened and yes the flavour of the ice cream was there. But the texture was not. You can feel the iciness in it. It is not as smooth and creamy as it is when you use an ice cream machine. Also all the vanilla bean had settled to the bottom. To try this again, I would take the mix out of the freezer every hour or so and whisk it, to keep it from icing up and also keep the mix from settling. Looking at how much effort you would have to put in to get some thing a bit closer to what comes out of an ice cream machine, I think I would get one of the less expensive ice cream machines, and save all the extra work.
I use the refrigerated ice cream machines. I have a Cuisinart and a Breville one. I tend to use the Cuisinart one more, as I get a better ice cream from it. I have friends that use the Cuisinart ice cream machine where you put the bowl in the freezer and my recipes work well in them also. In Australia at yourhomedepot you can get a basic ice cream machine for around $75, and the refrigerated one for around $380. The difference is with the refrigerated ones you can make batch after batch of ice creams. As the less expensive ones, where you put the bowl in the freezer for around 24 hours before use, you are limited to one a day. Either way you go you can make a very tasty ice
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