How to Make Ice Cream in Your Food Processor

Don’t have an ice cream maker however do have a food processor? Use it to make your individual ice cream — and we do not simply imply by mixing bananas, both.

Let’s be trustworthy: An ice cream maker is a one-trick pony. And with restricted house in our kitchens, equipment for the dessert style is not all the time a prime precedence. Some of the extra ice cream-obsessed amongst us (ahem) suppose it needs to be the primary kitchen equipment, however most individuals will love discovering one other use for gear you have already got cluttering your cabinets. A meals processor is nothing if not versatile, however I can not consider a extra noble use on your trusty processor than selfmade ice cream.

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Who knew it doubled as an ice cream maker?


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Any meals processor with at the least an eight-cup capability will do the job; CNET rated the Cuisinart FP-8SVP because the best value food processor of those we have tried, and it’ll actually work for mixing your ice cream base.

Real ice cream, not ‘good cream’

You can discover tons of recipes for “ice cream” made in a meals processor utilizing a base of frozen bananas as a substitute of the basic cream, eggs and sugar base (typically known as good cream in reference to its wholesome vegan standing and perhaps additionally its ease of preparation). It’s truly actually good, however generally we wish the true factor. Fellow sweet-cold-creamy obsessive Jeni Britton Bauer, founding father of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, shares a fast, easy manner to make conventional ice cream at house with out an ice cream maker.

You can use Bauer’s basic vanilla ice cream recipe as a place to begin: Leave out the vanilla bean and make the bottom by way of step two, then comply with the steps she outlines right here:

How to make ice cream in your meals processor

1. Follow no matter primary recipe you need to make the custard. Don’t embody any mix-ins but, simply the cream, eggs and sugar — and any substances which can be there for taste alone (see the be aware beneath for more information).

2. Pour the custard right into a Ziploc bag and press each final little bit of the air out. Seal it tightly and place it flat in the freezer. Allow to freeze utterly.

3. Crumble the frozen custard into your meals processor and course of till utterly clean. At this level, you’ll be able to stir in any mix-ins or extra flavorings you need.

4. Scrape the ice cream into your storage container (which could be a reusable ice cream carton or only a common loaf pan) and place again in the freezer. That’s it!

The texture of this meals processor ice cream is a bit finer, just a little like gelato. But you can also make it into any taste you want, and stir in all kind of mix-ins, from chopped peanut butter cups to contemporary berries.

Note: If you need extra infused taste, you’ll be able to steep issues like contemporary mint, roughly floor espresso beans or entire cinnamon sticks in the cream for a number of hours or in a single day earlier than straining it and beginning the recipe outlined above. You also can combine in vanilla extract, cocoa powder and different taste brokers, however you do not need any mix-ins to go in till after the bottom has been frozen and blitzed — or else they’re going to be utterly pulverized.

The significance of air

Why cannot you simply make the custard, freeze it, and eat it immediately? Churning air into your ice cream because it freezes is crucial if you need to keep away from massive ice crystals and never find yourself with a tragic, strong block. You need one thing creamy and luscious that coats your tongue — not icy, crunchy ice “cream.” But if churn your ice cream after the custard’s frozen, that is the subsequent smartest thing.

If you do not have already got a meals processor, you in all probability need one proper about now, huh? It’s positively extra versatile than an ice cream maker.

Don’t simply cease at vanilla

There are a whole lot of ice cream recipes on-line you’ll be able to attempt utilizing this meals processor technique. Just keep in mind to comply with the steps above and keep away from any strong mix-ins in the course of the preliminary combine. Something tells me that is going to be the most effective summer time ever.

And should you do have the counter actual property for an ice cream maker, I tested Ninja’s Creami ice cream machine and gave it an enormous thumbs-up. 

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