If you think we all scream for store-bought ice cream, just wait until you try ice cream made the old fashioned way at home. I promise it’s not as difficult or labor-intensive as it sounds. Thanks to technology and just a little elbow grease, the right old fashioned ice cream maker delivers all of the flavor and creaminess of homemade ice cream with just a fraction of the hands-on time and work.
For so many of us, the phrase ‘homemade ice cream’ conjures up a very specific image: of a big wooden bucket filled with ice cubes and salt. Inside the central aluminum bucket (back then, the part permanently attached to the crank) you would add all of your ingredients. Then, all around that central bucket, you would place your layers of ice cubes and salt. Salt water has a lower freezing point than regular water (28.4 degrees and 32 degrees, respectively), so getting the right 3:1 ratio of ice cubes to salt was always an important step to ensure your ice cream would have the right consistency. From there, all that was left to do was start cranking—and cranking, and cranking some more.
The good news? Nowadays you don’t need to work so hard. Here is how to make ice cream the oldfashioned way at home.