A couple nights a week, I’ve been sneaking a treat after the kids have gone to bed. Within ten minutes I have a soft freshly made ice cream to enjoy – so far I’ve made vanilla and orange cream. It’s the perfect snack to have after a busy day!
And, because I am just making one serving at a time, I can both flavor and sweeten it to taste each time as desired.
You all probably remember that we just moved into a small apartment with a teeny tiny kitchen. (You can see a picture of our kitchen here on Instagram). Because of that, I had to leave my beloved (Some links affiliate) Ice Cream Maker in storage for now. So when I saw these Instant Ice Cream Makers for sale locally, I couldn’t resist! I liked it so well, I thought I’d share about it with you all.
As I am getting used to working in a small kitchen, I am planning on sharing what’s working for us, and what’s not working. Having my priorities in order though, I know to start with ice cream, as that’s obviously the most important thing. (If you aren’t convinced, check out these delicious dairy-free ice cream recipes.)
Who this is perfect for:
- Moms like me who want a little treat after the kids have gone to bed, but don’t want to drag out the whole ice cream maker.
- If you eat differently than the rest of your family or are on a special diet, you can make your own single serving of ice cream, while the rest of your family enjoys something different.
- The single person who doesn’t want to make or buy a whole carton of ice cream every time they have a craving.
- Those who can’t fit the larger freezer canister into their freezer because of space limitations.
Who these bowls aren’t right for:
- A large family. You’d have to buy a bowl for every single person. That would take up MORE space in the freezer.
- Someone who wants instant ice cream (that is, in a carton) – you do have to stir this for about ten minutes or so (sometimes less in my experience).
I use just 3 ingredients for my vanilla version – maple syrup (or stevia), full fat coconut milk or cream, and vanilla. I make about ¾ cup worth, and then dump it into the bowl and start scraping the sides into the middle. If the bowl just came from the coldest part of our freezer, it instantly starts freezing on the sides of the bowl, and I can barely scrap it off at first. So make sure you start scraping right away!
First you will see the sides start to freeze, and then it will turn into more of a milkshake consistency (which is delicious on its own too!).
Then soft serve consistency. and if the bowl and ingredients were thoroughly chilled, you can even get it to be quite firm.
If you want it scoopable, just place the bowl back into the freezer for a while. That’s it!
I’m pretty sure I’m going to get my money’s worth with this gadget.
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