I was really nervous to make ice cream for the first time, and to be honest, it did not turn out as amazing as I would have liked. The ice cream was icy, the mix-ins were hard to eat, and the flavor was so-so. If I had stopped there, then I would never have realized how good homemade ice cream (and sorbet) could be!
As I have made more ice cream recipes, I have learned a few tips:
- A small amount of alcohol can really help keep the ice cream soft and less icy.
- Ice cream is cold, (duh) so the flavors are dulled. Keep those bases full of flavor!
- Find your ideal cream to milk ratio, and use it even if a recipe is a little different (I like 2 cups cream to 1 cup milk).
- Mix-ins will harden, so find ways of softening them (examples: macerating fruit in alcohol, using brownies as soft chocolate mix-ins instead of chocolate chips which can be too hard)
- Proper storage containers are a must. They should seal well and insulation can help for taking your ice cream to visit friends. I bought some of these ice cream containers from Amazon.