What is the best way to make two batches of ice cream in my 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker?
Do I need to clean the freezer bowl or can I just return it to the freezer after I remove the first batch of ice cream? About how long will it take til the bowl is cold enough to make the second batch? Thanks!
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I misspoke. Amanda's Ice Cream maker is this one:
...which doesn't have a price on Amazon but in digging around the web it seems to cost many hundreds of dollars. (Good thing I can borrow Amanda's!) I guess I was thinking it was affordable as compared to what I see pastry chefs use in the backs of restaurants.
the only way I know to prep the Cuisinart bowl is to freeze it for 24 hours. When I've tried to use it sooner, it doesn't freeze the custard properly.
(Now if I only had a handy source of dry ice...)
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2. Sadly, in my experience the bowl has to be returned to the freezer for a LONG time. For my 15 year old Krups machine, it's overnight. For a much newer Krups machine it's a few DAYS. I'm guessing they changed the formula of the liquid in the bowl. It takes longer to freeze, but it also does a better job of freezing the ice cream base.
If you really *have* to make both batches back to back I'd recommend 1) chilling the base as cold as possible before churning (keep it in the fridge for hours and hours, especially if it started as a heated custard.) Even consider some time in the freezer. Finally, and this is a wacky step I've taken a few times when making multiple batches for Thanksgiving, if you have room stick the entire machine -- while running -- in the fridge. Running in that colder environment takes less heat out of the bowl.
P.S. When I got tired of jumping through all these hoops I just bought several extra freezer bowls for my ice cream maker. They were too expensive new but I bought used machines -- bowl, machine and all -- from eBay for $15 or so each and now I have extra machines in case mine died.
P.P.S. If ice cream becomes a bigger part of your life, Amanda has a semi-professional ice cream maker that I don't think cost *too* much. It's capable of making endless batches back-to-back. Let me know if you're interested and I'll dig up the specifics.