Homemade ice cream has never been so easy with our top tools for making and serving irresistible ices.
Craving homemade ice cream but don't know where to start? Sarah Sysum lists her top tools for the tastiest frozen treats, whether you're a novice or experienced ice cream maker.
Who doesn't love a traditional cone with a flake? This machine is a fully automatic, soft-serve ice cream maker. You chill the bowl (less chilling required than some, only an hour in the freezer), pour in the ingredients and turn the dial. It has three built-in dispensers and a unique pull handle that sends ice cream swirling out. It also includes a cone holder that holds a stack of pointed or flat-bottomed cones and a drip tray.
I can't be the only one that finds trying to scrape melted ice cream from the bottom of the bowl annoying. Luckily, there's now a spoon straw made to do the trick. It's, quite simply, a long thick straw with a spoon shaped scoop at the end. Great for shakes but could also be fun for a cold summer soup.
A food stylist, who's also a self-confessed ice cream addict, told me that although pricey, she'd never be without this gadget. It uses heat from your hand to warm the defrosting fluid inside the handle and scoop. This makes for a clean, easy scoop every time - even with rock solid ice cream. Expensive, but if you eat lots of ice cream it's definitely a good investment.
If you're buying a gift for an ice cream lover, this dinky little set should fit the bill. It consists of four porcelain 'tubs' and matching spoons in Neapolitan ice cream colours. The tubs aren't too small (8.5cm diameter); I managed to fit two decent-sized scoops into mine.
These are my favourite moulds for kids. Simply fill the mould, insert the 'cone' handle, place onto the storage stand and then put into the freezer for easy and delicious results. The built-in drip guard puts an end to sticky fingers and ensures clean fun for all.
Another easy way to serve up your favourite flavour. Simply scoop the ice cream and then push it out into a serving dish by pressing on the flexible silicone base. The acrylic handles are remarkably sturdy and the scoop is dishwasher safe too.
You've made your ice cream, now you need something to store it in. Whilst this won't win any awards for its looks, it doesn't leak and keeps the contents air and moisture tight in the freezer. The lid design means you can stack them if freezer space is tight, and they clean up easily.
If you're making ice cream without an ice cream maker you will need to churn the mixture by hand every so often to stop the ice crystals forming. A hand mixer takes out a lot of arm ache. I like how the handle fits snugly into your palm on this mixer - and it's not too heavy to hold for long periods. It also has a low speed setting, which is ideal for churning your ice cream.