“Ice cream is happiness condensed” (Jessi Lane Adams). Have you tried making your own? You can come up with crazy ingredient combinations and colors, or use fresh fruit and all-organic ingredients. Plus it’s simple and fun—today’s ice cream makers have come a long way since the old-fashioned wooden bucket freezers with crank handles. Modern machines have removable, freezable canisters and don’t require salt or ice.
This article from Every Day with Rachel Ray has everything you need to know about getting started—from deciding what kind of ice cream maker you are and what equipment you need to recipes, tips and how to add yummy mix-ins. CookingLight.com has a good illustrated tutorial plus tips on making low-fat ice cream. SeriousEats.com offers 10 tips for making amazing homemade ice cream but the bottom line is: follow your machine’s instructions! Don’t overfill it, and don’t try to make ice cream when the canister isn’t fully frozen.