Although ice cream making is not for everyone, those who love ice cream will be glad to know that it is actually easy and don’t take up much of your time. With making your own ice cream, you get to pick the freshest ingredients and flavors that you want. To start you off, below is an easy ice cream making process for strawberry ice cream.
- 3 cups of sugar6 tbsp. of flour
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ pint of fresh strawberries
- 4 cups of half and half cream or heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Red food coloring
- Rock salt
- Crushed ice
The prep time for this ice cream is around 20 minutes.
Combine and whisk together 2 cups of sugar, flour, and salt in a three-quart pan until blended well. Mix in eggs and milk and blend some more. Cook the ice cream base custard over mid-low heat while stirring frequently and let it thicken; this takes about 7-10 minutes. Use a thermometer to determine if the temperature of the mixture has reached 165-180 degrees F, remove from the heat and cool.
Next, cover the mixture and chill in the ref for two hours minimum. Ideal chilling time is 24 hours. You can hasten the cooling process by placing the pan in a bigger pan with ice water and salt and stir for several minutes. The aging or chilling process provides better whipping features for producing a smoother finished product.
Combine strawberries with a cup of sugar and lemon juice and start crushing them in a bowl. Let sit for at least an hour.
Once you’re done chilling the ice cream base, add the cream, strawberry mix, vanilla extract, and red food coloring if you prefer. Prepare your ice cream machine.
Place the ice cream mixture in the machine and then freeze it by following the instructions that came with your machine. Serve and enjoy!
The aging or chilling process is crucial since this eliminate heat from the mixture and introduces air into it. The elimination of heat occurs through conduction via the metal pan to the ice water and salt solution that surrounds the pan. The amount of salt to use is also important since if you utilize too little salt, there is a huge possibility that freezing won’t occur. On the other hand, if you utilize too much salt, the mixture might freeze too fast and the consistency of the mixture won’t be smooth. In general, you should use half a cup of salt with 4 cups of ice.
Likewise, it should be noted that texture is a big factor when it comes to ice cream making. The constant churning of your ice cream maker is vital since it will add air. This will result in a smoother texture and will also increase its volume. Once the churning process has started, don’t stop. A break in the churning process may result in the formation of big ice crystals in the mixture’s coldest areas and will generate a grainy consistency. Additionally, there is a possibility that the center portion won’t even freeze.
The constant churning likewise distributes the added flavors and carries the unfrozen mixture parts to the surface for better blending action. With this easy ice cream procedure, your mixture will take around 20-30 minutes to freeze in the machine. Afterwards, you just put it in the freezer so that it will harden.