All About Ice Cream Makers:
So how exactly does an ice cream maker work? You have probably seen an ice cream maker in use somewhere, and you may have had questions about how an ice cream maker can create such delicious treats out of such humble ingredients. Wonder no longer, because ice cream makers are actually simple devices that rely on basic physics to create deserts that rival ice cream from the expensive manufacturer.
First and foremost; every ice cream maker can make ice cream with any recipe. There is not a bit of difference between ice cream makers over what types of ice cream they can make. You don’t need a separate ice cream maker for chocolate, strawberry, etc. and each brand of ice cream maker can make the ice cream recipes listed by the other brands.
An ice cream maker uses a solution called a base. The base is the series of ingredients you add to the ice cream maker before turning it on. These usually include Cream, flavoring, and even solid ingredients such as chopped nuts or strawberries. The base is what differs depending on what type of ice cream you are making, the rest of the steps are identical.
Every Ice Cream maker uses a different mechanism to actually freeze the ice cream, and these differ by manufacturer and they are listed in another article. However, there are some physics at play inside the ice cream maker that allows the ice cream to be frozen gently and at the correct texture.
If you were to simply put your ice cream base into the freezer, after a while you would get a solid block of ice. Ice cream makers, however, produce thick and fluffy ice cream instead of solid ice. This is because an ice cream maker constantly agitates, or stirs, the base as it is freezing. Constant stirring, combined with slow freezing, incorporates air bubbles into the ice cream as it is freezing which leads to its fluffy texture and appearance. The air in ice cream also makes it expand, taking up more space than an equivalent amount of ice would. In addition, it makes the ice cream easier to eat because the air naturally insulates the very cold ice cream so it does not feel quite as cold on the tongue.
Natural ice cream is made from a base that only contains natural ingredients. Because of this, it is much healthier than most commercial ice cream flavors that contain a variety of chemicals. Commercial ice creams contain artificial flavorings, stabilizers, and nonfat milk solids, that give it its mouth feel and flavor, but that can be unhealthy in large amounts. If control over the ingredients in your food is important to you, a home ice cream maker is perfect.
Many ice cream makers can also make other similar products such as sorbets and custards. A sorbet is a frozen desert that has no dairy products in it. Sorbets are generally made from fruit juices, and they are perfect for people who enjoy cold deserts but may have lactose intolerance or dietary restrictions that prevent them from enjoying ice cream. Frozen custard is very similar to ice cream, but it also contains eggs or egg yolks which give it a different taste and texture.
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