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The Pros and Cons of Homemade Ice Cream Makers

Paul has been passionate about preparing, making, and eating desserts for over 30 years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.

For my pros and cons of using an ice cream maker to produce homemade ice cream, please read on...

For my pros and cons of using an ice cream maker to produce homemade ice cream, please read on...

Making your own cream at home is great fun and can be a great way to involve the younger members of the family in the kitchen.

It also gives you full control over the process, enabling you to cater to individual tastes, health concerns, and dietary needs.

The downsides include the cost of buying an ice cream maker, as the high-quality ones don't come cheap. The machines can also be bulky and take up valuable kitchen space.

This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of making your own ice cream at home.

5 Advantages of Using Homemade Ice Cream Makers

Here are five of the benefits:

  1. It's fun for the whole family! Making your own ice cream is an enjoyable way to have some together time with family and others. It's a particularly great way to involve kids and get them involved in the kitchen. There are lots of awesome recipes available and part of the fun can be picking one. It goes without saying that everybody also gets to enjoy eating the homemade ice cream after it's made.
  2. You can control the process. Making your own ice cream means that you have complete control over the ingredients used, as well as every step of the process. This is great for people who like their ice cream to taste a certain way. It's also good for people who have allergies, or special dietary requirements.
  3. You can make it healthier. Despite all its merits, ice cream isn't a particularly healthy food. However, you can reduce the amounts of fat and sugar that go into it, if you make your own. Having control over the ingredients also means that you can add fresh fruit, or add calcium, as well as use organic ingredients to increase the health benefits.
  4. The machines do (most of) the work for you. Ice cream making always used to be messy and laborious in the past, but modern technology can make the process relatively quick and easy. An electric ice cream maker will do most of the work for you and will typically take only 30 minutes or less. That's about the same amount of time that it would take to go to a local store and buy it.
  5. It's guaranteed fresh. A level of freshness can be achieved with homemade ice cream that's not found with commercial products. Aside from the taste and nutritional benefits, it also means that you can omit the preservatives and artificial additives that are often found in store-bought ice cream.

3 Disadvantages of Using Homemade Ice Cream Makers

Here are three of the downsides:

  1. They can be expensive. The best ice cream makers are not cheap to buy. While there are products available for as low as $25, the best type of machines have built-in compressors can cost in excess of $300. In general, the more you pay, the higher the level of convenience as well as ice cream quality you can expect.
  2. They're bulky and take up space. Acquiring an ice cream maker inevitably means using up more kitchen cupboard or counter space. That's fine if you have a big kitchen and you make homemade ice cream regularly, but not so good if your kitchen is smaller and you use your machine infrequently.
  3. Some people think they're inconvenient. Convenience is a relative concept. While buying in the necessary ingredients and spending half an hour making your ice cream might seem quick and easy for some, others might prefer to just go to the store and buy it readymade. It all depends on how busy your life is, how much you enjoy food preparation, and how much control you desire over your ice cream.

Homemade Ice Cream FAQs

Below are some common questions asked about making your own ice cream at home, along with the answers:

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Is it worth making your own ice cream at home?

While there are many variants involved with the costs of paying for an ice cream maker and ingredients, you can sometimes save some money in the long run by making your own. That said, any savings will likely be small and it will probably take you some time before you offset the expense of buying your maker. Economizing isn't usually a major motivation for most people when it comes to making homemade ice cream, it's usually more about the enjoyment and control.

What are the three main types of homemade ice cream makers?

Ice cream can be made in different ways and it's important to get the right maker for your needs. The three main types are:

  1. Ice and salt: This is the most affordable type of maker and the traditional way to produce ice cream at home. A churning canister full of mixture has ice and salt packed around it to freeze the ice cream.
  2. Freezer bowl: These are more expensive than ice and salt makers, but produce better quality ice cream. The downside of them is that you have to pre-chill the bowl in a freezer for at least six hours.
  3. Compressor: These machines are widely considered to be the best makers, as they are standalone and relatively quick and easy to use. The high end models give you the luxury of both convenience and quality.

Are ice cream makers expensive?

The prices vary considerably depending on the type and model of ice cream maker. Basic makers can be bought for less than $30 but tend to be more laborious and produce lower quality ice cream. Machines with a compressor are the least affordable, they can cost over $300, but they do give you great ice cream that's quickly produced with minimal effort.

Is ice cream good for you?

While ice cream does contain some nutrients, such as vitamin D, vitamin A, and calcium, it also usually contains a lot of sugar and fat. This makes it an unhealthy food overall. However, by making your own ice cream, you can limit the amounts of sugar and fat it contains, and add ingredients like fresh fruit to make it less unhealthy.

My Favorite Ice Cream Maker: Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

I'm a huge fan of the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino and have owned one of these ice cream makers for nearly three years now.

It's certainly the best machine that I've used for making homemade ice cream. The Lello is straightforward to use, well-designed, and produces excellent ice cream.

While it's definitely not the most affordable maker out there, I've had zero regrets about buying it. Even my wife agrees that it was a great buy, and she was difficult to convince at first.

The Pros

  • It makes professional-quality ice cream that is superior to the ice cream produced by other machines that I've used.
  • The settings and controls are easy to use; there are really just a couple of buttons and a timer. I appreciate the simplicity. There's an instruction booklet, but it's not hard to learn how to use the Lello.
  • It's an attractive machine. That's important to me, as I don't want something ugly sat on my kitchen counter, especially when I have visitors.
  • It cools quickly.
  • This ice cream maker is straightforward to clean. Usually, all it takes is a quick wipe-down with a damp sponge after each use.

The Cons

  • While the Lello is compact, it's also pretty weighty. As I make ice cream a lot, I just leave it permanently on top of my kitchen counter, rather than having to lug it in and out of the cupboard.
  • It certainly wasn't the cheapest product to buy. However, I do consider that it was worth the expense in terms of the convenience and ice cream quality.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Paul Goodman

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