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Ice Cream Making Guide

By Danielle DeSiato Kuhn

A quick walk through the freezer section of any grocery store will reveal an ever-increasing assortment of inventive ice cream flavors. Small-batch, craft-made ice cream is all the rage. Whether the unique flavors inspire you to experiment at home, or the high price tags spur you to DIY your own frozen treats, homemade ice cream is easy to churn out with the right equipment, quality ingredients, and a little advanced planning (remember to freeze that maker bowl ahead of time!). Make it. Scoop it. Serve it. Store it. Food writer and recipe developer Danielle DeSiato Kuhn shares her must-haves for a summer of homemade ice cream adventures.

Ice Cream Making Guide
Wednesday July 7th

A quick walk through the freezer section of any grocery store will reveal an ever-increasing assortment of inventive ice cream flavors. Small-batch, craft-made ice cream is all the rage. Whether the unique flavors inspire you to experiment at home, or the high price tags spur you to DIY your own frozen treats, homemade ice cream is easy to churn out with the right equipment, quality ingredients, and a little advanced planning (remember to freeze that maker bowl ahead of time!). Make it. Scoop it. Serve it. Store it. Food writer and recipe developer Danielle DeSiato Kuhn shares her must-haves for a summer of homemade ice cream adventures.

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Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

$70
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If you can dream it, you can make it in this little workhorse of an ice cream machine. It is the perfect blend of functionality, size, and price - small enough to store in a kitchen with even the tightest of space, yet it churns out perfectly creamy treats for a lot less money than self-freezing versions. Just don’t forget to put the freezer bowl into your freezer 24 hours before you want to churn - or better yet, just store it in there all summer long.

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Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

$20
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Before you can go freestyle with your own ice cream flavors, it helps to get a solid education in the art and science of ice cream making. This book provides the know-how along with all the recipes you’ll ever need, from classic to creative. And once you’ve explored ice creams, frozen yogurts, gelatos, sorbets and granitas, there are recipes for homemade sauces, mix-ins, and even cones. The possibilities are endless!

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The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

Calphalon Premier™ Stainless Steel 2.5-Quart Sauce Pan

$70
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Some of the best ice cream recipes begin with a cooked custard base, and it’s important to have a pot with a thick enough bottom so that the mixture doesn’t heat up too quickly and overcook. The slightly out-turned lip of this Calphalon sauce pan makes pouring the custard base a no-mess affair.

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Calphalon Premier™ Stainless Steel 2.5-Quart Sauce Pan

Thermapen® Mk4

$99
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The science behind smooth, creamy ice cream relies heavily on cooking the custard base to just the right temperature so the egg yolks thicken properly without overcooking. The Thermapen® is the perfect tool to ensure you hit the right temperature without any guesswork. It’s faster than a traditional thermometer, and that speed is necessary to prevent scrambled eggs and ruined custard. Plus, it doesn’t just take the guesswork out of ice cream making, but all of your protein-cooking and grilling tasks as well.

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Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
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OXO 8” Strainer

$20
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Even if you’re extremely fastidious about getting your ice cream base to just the right temperature, sometimes a few strands of egg coagulate in the mixture. It’s not the end of the world, but you don’t want those bits in your finished product. A quick pass through this fine-mesh strainer will ensure a super-smooth ice cream base.

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Oxo 8" Strainer

Sur La Table Flex-Core Silicone Spatula

$6
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This slick silicone spatula makes easy work of mixing and transferring ice cream custard bases. It’s heatproof, easy to clean, and comes in fun colors.

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Tovolo Flex-Core Silicone Spatula

OXO Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

$15
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Whether your ice cream is super smooth or full of chunky mix-ins, this sturdy scoop will comfortably serve up all your ice cream dreams.

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OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop

Denby Natural Denim 4 pc Small Bowl Set

$65
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When you only want a scoop or two, these small bowls from Denby are the perfect size and shape. Serving homemade ice cream in special bowls elevates the experience and rewards the work put into making it.

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Natural Denim 4pc Bowl Set
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Crate & Barrel Marin White Bowl

$8
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Do you love making sundaes, or loading up your scoops with extra toppings? This Crate & Barrel classic gives a little extra room for all those goodies.

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Crate & Barrel Marin Bowl

IKEA KALAS Bowl Set

$2
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For kids, I love these subtly colorful and indestructible bowls from IKEA. They’re just the right size for a kiddie serving of ice cream, plus a few toppings.

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Ikea Kalas Bowls

Ice Cream Storage Containers

$20
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Since most of my favorite ice cream recipes make about 1 quart of ice cream, I like these reusable quart containers for storing. They’re easy to clean and the lids seal tight to avoid freezer burn.

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Drec Icecream Containers

Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Thick and Creamy Shakes You Can Make At Home by Adam Ried

$10
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If you really get in to making ice cream and then don’t know what to do with all you’ve made, or just want a fun alternative, make milkshakes! Here’s my favorite book of milkshake recipes, from classics to inventive ones that will keep your ice cream game fresh all summer long.

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Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes
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