At-Home Ice Cream Maker


Hamilton Beach; $29.99
Where I live -- NYC -- a gallon of ice cream costs $8. Yes, eight whole dollars! That's over the top.

Since I have a slight addiction to that cold creamy goodness but think it's absurd to pay that much, I asked my mom for an at-home ice cream maker last Christmas.

She came through with the Hamilton Beach. It's a 1.5-quart churner that doesn't require rock salt and comes with a recipe booklet.

I use it all the time. My favorite thing to make is tart fro yo with cherries ... and I'm sharing the recipe with you!

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Tart Black Cherry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

  • 1 large container whole fat vanilla yogurt
  • 20 (or so) pitted black cherries 

1. Freeze vanilla yogurt until it starts to crystallize but is still soft enough to stir -- about an hour or two.

2. Add into a freezing cold ice cream maker (I always keep mine in the freezer so it's ready to go) and mix for 20 minutes until the yogurt thickens like ice cream.

3. Toss in black cherries for the final 2 minutes, pop back in the freezer 20 minutes, then serve.

If you like it sweeter, add about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar.

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream or fro yo?

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Pishyah Pishyah

Thank you!  I've been considering an ice cream maker but didn't know of one that was worth the money.  I love Turtle Mountain's coconut milk chocolate ice cream (Dairy and sugar free!  WOOHOO!) but it is about $5 a little pint.  I thought it'd be amazing to make my own coconut ice cream and that is an affordable ice cream maker!

maine... mainemusicmaker

I have an ice cream maker!  But it requires rock-salt. (boo!)  I'm watching my fat intake but this recipe looks pretty easy, and nommable...I'm going to give it a go!

Carey... Carey2006

Chocolate is my fav and you don't need an expensive maker...just use 1 cup milk a couple squirts of Hershey's syrup in a small ziploc baggie place in a large ziploc baggie with ice and some table salt then mash it up until the smaller bags starts to change into a solid (it wouldn't get too solid more like a soft serve consistency) ENJOY!

clean... cleanaturalady

Yummy.  Sounds so much easier that the old crank style contraption we had when I was a kid.  My sister and I would take turns sitting on it while my dad churned.  It is a great memory, but it was probably a pain for my parents.

tonya... tonyalynn

i wanna try this

asil asil

sounds good, I like Mia's idea though too...

I'm "old school" when it comes to things, I'd love to sit he porch and churn ice cream the old way...

sodapple sodapple

butter pecan or mint chocolate chip =-)

tazdvl tazdvl

Don't really have a favorite, depends on what I'm in the mood for. A friend of mine makes ice cream out of snow, going to try that next winter.

frysh... fryshannon34

I love homemade ice cream I have never made it though

Pnukey Pnukey

We had an at home ice cream maker when we were kids. Oh man, it's a lot of work, but super yummy! I love so many flavors, it's hard to pick just one.

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