8 Do’s And Don’ts Of Making Ice Cream At Home

As North India braces for heat waves and rising temperatures, people at home crave to eat something chilly like ice cream. It is soothing and helps to regulate the temperature of the body. Available in various flavours, ice cream is among the few desserts that are relished by people of all age groups. From juicy orange and mango sticks to chocolate cones and ice cream sandwiches, it is always a delight to witness the vendor rummaging through his icy-cold container to bring out what your heart desires. 

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However, with rampant reports of adulteration and the use of chemical dyes, it makes you sceptical whether the ice cream you are eating is healthy or not. You can take a little pain, prepare ice cream at home, and avoid the paranoia that comes with store-bought desserts. Preparing ice cream at home can be a fun activity to indulge your children and make a day out of it. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to make the most creamy and delicious ice cream at home.

Do Use High-Quality Ingredients

What ingredients you use will make all the difference. If condensed milk, fruits, flavourings, or eggs are of poor quality, you won’t be able to achieve the smooth texture, creamy mixture, and refreshing taste. High-quality ingredients ensure that not only does your ice cream taste good, but it can also survive in the refrigerator for a few days without going bad.

Don’t Overfill Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream makers have enough space to accommodate a large amount of batter but if you overfill it, you won’t be able to make the best ice cream. The churning process will be uneven, you will witness large chunks in the ice cream, and the appliance will create a mess due to spills. Always read the instructions about how much ice cream mixture you should be adding to the maker.

Do Add Air Into The Ice Cream

Do you know what makes ice cream lightweight despite adding eggs, whipped cream, and condensed milk to it? The answer is air. To make any snacks or desserts lightweight, you need to add air to the base or batter. This can happen during the process of mixing or churning. The longer you churn the base the lighter will be your ice cream. 

Don’t Open And Close Refrigerator Frequently

When you refrigerate the ice cream, do not repeatedly open and close the refrigerator. It will cause fluctuations in the temperature, and the frozen dessert will take longer to settle. It can also disrupt the freezing process and affect the quality and flavour of ice cream when you serve it.

Do Follow Recipe Instructions

Much like any other dessert, you must follow recipe instructions while making any ice cream, especially when it comes to the ratio of ingredients. It will help you achieve the perfect notes of sweet and creamy texture. If you do not follow the instructions, it is highly likely that ice cream won’t come as well as you thought.

Don’t Store In Large Containers

One of the key aspects of freezing ice cream is picking the right container. You should opt for smaller containers as opposed to larger ones. If you try to freeze ice cream in large containers, it will add more air to the base and affect the quality of the dessert. Hence, you will always find ice cream delivered to you in regular-sized containers. 

Do Add Toppings

One of the best things about homemade ice creams is you can experiment with multiple flavours by making one ice cream base. To add a little elegance to the dessert, you can also top it with fresh fruits and other delightful toppings before serving. It will enhance the taste and make the dessert more refreshing.

Don’t Serve Ice Cream Straight From Freezer

When you freeze ice cream, water molecules in the base harden, making it difficult to scoop it out. Therefore, you must always allow the dessert to sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes, let the extra ice melt, take out the perfect scoop, and serve it to your guests. It will taste creamier and delicious.