Ice cream is everyone’s favorite pass time and one of the most popular desserts in the world. Now, you might think that you actually need a proper electric ice cream maker if you want to make a delicious batch of ice cream. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As you can see on our page, you can use hand-operated makers, those that require a freezer bowl, or even those that need heavy salts and ice to work. But there is one specific way of making ice cream we have not mentioned there. You can turn your heavy-duty stand mixer to make ice cream as well! Kitchenaid ice cream maker is a favorite for those who do not make a lot of ice cream but want to have it done quickly when they feel the cravings. And here is how you do it.
- What you will need to make this work is a freeze bowl that fits your Kitchenaid and a dasher, but first thing’s first. Make sure that everything is clean and ready to be used. Anything sticking to the inside of the freeze bowl will not allow it to chill properly and will result in not so great ice cream.
- So, clean the freeze bowl and place it into the refrigerator. Actually, a smart move would be to place it into the freezer for at least 24 hours before you start churning, but you can cheat a bit and leave it inside for 12 – 15 hours. Once the bowl is completely frozen the liquid inside the double walls will provide the cold you need during the mixing phase.
- Now is the time to assemble the ice cream attachment to your stand mixer. Unplug your mixer and place the bowl on the lock clamping plate. Lock it in by turning it counterclockwise.
- Place the dasher inside the bowl and lower the motor head so the drive assembly engages with the dasher. Make sure that it is secured tight so it does not come off during the process.
- Plug the mixer into the outlet and set it to stir speed. Don’t set it on higher speed as you need to pour in the ice cream mix and you do not want it splashing all around.
- Take your prepared ice cream mixture (make sure to prepare it beforehand so you do not have the motor running for nothing) and gently pour it into the bowl.
- Leave the stand mixer at stir at this point – you might even want to leave it at that throughout the process as it will prevent damage that the dasher might incur if you set it on a too high of a speed setting. If you really want your ice cream to be a bit thicker and more solid, you can pump up the speed for 5 minutes but stay close in case the dasher starts skipping a beat.
- After around 20 to 30 minutes your delicious ice cream is going to be ready! Turn off the mixer and gently remove the freeze bowl. Take out the dasher and scoop ice cream out into a container. Make sure to use a rubber spatula to take it out of the freeze bowl. Metal and wood could end up damaging the bowl.
- If the consistency of the ice cream is still not to your liking place it in a container and allow it to harden some more before serving it.
And there you have it! Making ice cream with your stand mixer has never been easier. It’s fast and efficient and you do not have to spend extra money on expensive ice cream makers to prepare a perfect dessert!
A tip for those who want to make large batches in a single day. After you scoop up the ice cream from the freezer bowl, make sure you have none left inside as you don’t want it to stick to the bowl and create problems later on. Take a dry paper towel and clean the inside of the bowl vigorously.
If you do that and return the bowl into the freezer immediately you can have it ready to use again in a couple of hours. So it is completely possible to make two batches in a single day using the same freeze bowl!
If ice cream does end up freezing to the bowl you can try rinsing it off in hot water with a paper towel handy to wipe it off before it freezes again. This isn’t easy but you can take a look here for additional advice on what to do in that case. In some cases there is no saving it so you will have to let the bowl defrost before cleaning and freezing it again.