Ice cream makers

Ice cream makers – making ice cream in the comfort of your home

What is an ice cream maker?

An ice cream maker is a machine that turns and chills a central container, causing the custard mixture within to solidify into ice cream. You can also use this maker to create dairy-free ice creams, gelato, and sorbet.

At Kulina's, we have ice cream makers from well-known manufacturers like KitchenAid and WMF and they can make some of the greatest ice cream you desire at home.

How does an ice cream maker work?

To make ice cream, an ice cream maker freezes a mixture of several ingredients. Usually, the procedure requires pre-freezing a detachable bowl filled with a liquid coolant. The milk, cream, sugar, and flavourings used to make the ice cream are produced separately and chilled.

The mixture is then added to the ice cream maker after inserting the frozen bowl. The mixture is progressively frozen, and the air is added to generate a smooth texture as the machine is switched on. A spinning paddle stirs and scrapes the mixture against the frigid bowl sides. The ice cream is taken out and placed in the freezer to continue hardening until the correct consistency has been achieved.

What type of ice cream you can make at home with an ice cream maker?

With an ice cream maker, you can create a wide variety of delicious ice cream flavours and styles right in the comfort of your home. Here are some types of ice cream you can make using an ice cream maker:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Classic and timeless, homemade vanilla ice cream is a favourite. You can infuse it with real vanilla beans for a rich flavour.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream: Indulge in the decadence of homemade chocolate ice cream, which can be made with cocoa powder or melted chocolate.

  • Strawberry Ice Cream: Fresh strawberries blended into the ice cream base create a delightful fruity treat.

  • Mint Chocolate Chip: A refreshing mint ice cream studded with chocolate chips is a popular choice.

  • Cookies and Cream: Crushed chocolate or vanilla cookies folded into the ice cream base make for a delightful cookies and cream flavour.

  • Coffee Ice Cream: For coffee enthusiasts, creamy coffee-flavoured ice cream is a must-try.

  • Rocky Road: This flavour combines chocolate ice cream with marshmallows, nuts (often almonds), and sometimes additional mix-ins like chocolate chips.

  • Fruit Sorbet: While not technically ice cream, an ice cream maker can also create sorbets using pureed fruits, sugar, and sometimes a touch of citrus.

  • Pistachio Ice Cream: Made with real pistachios, this ice cream offers a unique and nutty flavor.

  • Butter Pecan: A blend of buttery ice cream and caramelized pecans creates a rich and crunchy delight.

  • Caramel Swirl: Add homemade caramel sauce to your ice cream base for a sweet and creamy treat with delightful swirls of caramel.

  • Fruit Swirl: Swirl in fruit purees or preserves into a vanilla or other base for a burst of fruit flavor.

  • Maple Walnut: Infuse your ice cream with the warm, distinct flavor of maple syrup and the crunch of walnuts.

  • Matcha Green Tea: For a unique and slightly earthy flavor, make a matcha green tea ice cream using matcha powder.

  • Lavender Honey: Create a sophisticated flavor by infusing your ice cream base with dried lavender flowers and a touch of honey.

These are just a few examples of the many ice cream flavors you can create with an ice cream maker. Experimenting with different flavors and mix-ins allows you to tailor your ice cream creations to your taste preferences.

How do I maintain ice cream makers?

Before attempting any cleaning, or maintenance activity on your ice maker, you must unplug the ice cream maker from the main power supply and check that it has completely cooled. Then:

  • With a gentle, moist towel, wipe the ice cream maker power unit and the bowl for quick freezing, then dry out completely.
  • After washing the paddle in warm, soapy water, completely rinse it off.
  • If the food is difficult to remove, use a nonabrasive scourer.
  • The Ice Cream Maker must not be submerged in water or any other liquid.
  • After each usage, the ice cream maker must be cleaned.

If you are the type that likes making your food indoors, you can also check out our other kitchen machines such as bread makers, yoghurt makers, and hotdog makers.