Should I get a Ice cream machine increase or submits Freezer compartment? And if I decide on an ice cream machine, should I buy a self-cooling one - with compressor - or one without compressor?
These are the questions that come to each of you at the beginning. There are advantages and disadvantages for all variants. In the following, I will briefly describe the different ways of making ice cream yourself and end with a comparison and decision support. So everyone can easily come to the right decision for himself.
- Ice making without ice machine in the freezer
- Ice making with the ice cream machine
- Comparison of the different manufacturing variants
- Decision support: ice cream machine or freezer?
Ice making without ice machine in the freezer
The procedure is quite simple, but somewhat time-consuming. The cooled ice mass is placed in a Put the container in the freezer put. The mass begins to freeze. However, the mass must be mix well regularly. This will break the crystals into small pieces. This usually takes approx. 4 hours and it must be stirred every 30 minutes. The texture won't be as fine as in an ice cream machine, but it's still good.
All types of ice cream can be made in this way. One type of ice cream that is always made in the freezer and must not be put in the ice cream machine is the Granita. It consists of rather large ice crystals and reminds of crushed water ice.
In summary, this variant saves you the purchase of an ice cream machine. On the other hand, it takes a few hours until the ice cream is ready and you have to carry out steps in between. Thus, it is not a fast method and one is also a bit tied up.
Ice making with the ice cream machine
Ice cream machines offer the great advantage that the Mixing continuous and the crystals become particularly small. This affects the consistency and structure and the ice cream becomes creamier. In addition. less costly and faster than the variant in the freezer. The cooled ice cream mass is put into the ice cream machine and after one hour at the latest (usually rather 30 minutes) the ice cream is ready.
What's the deal with the compressor?
There is Ice machines with compressor and without compressor. In the former case, the container is filled by the surrounding Device using cooling technology cooled down. This has the advantage that the device can be used immediately and that several types can be produced one after the other.
At Ice machines without compressor must the Containerwhich contains a freezing agent, has previously been Freezer compartment at least 8 hours frozen. Accordingly, a certain amount of advance planning is required or you need a freezer compartment that is large enough to store the container permanently. However, you can usually only make one type of container and then you have to freeze the container again. Sometimes the freezing capacity of the cooling unit is not even sufficient until the very end of the production process.
The great advantage of ice cream machines without compressor is the very reasonable price and usually the lower space requirement. In the table below you can see the advantages and disadvantages of the different manufacturing variants once again summarized.
Comparison of the different manufacturing variants
|Freezer compartment||Ice cream machine without|
|Ice cream machine with compressor|
|Ice structure (creaminess)||well||very well||very well|
|Number of varieties in one run||Several (depending on the size of the freezer compartment)||a||several|
|Applicable||directly||Container must be frozen at least 8 hours in advance||directly|
|Duration of ice making||Up to 4 hours (with operations every 30 minutes)||0,5 - 1 hour||0,5 - 1 hour|
|Space requirements in the kitchen||No additional||low||Relatively large|
|Costs||No additional||30-100 Euro||from EUR 100 up|
Decision support: ice cream machine or freezer?
I have prepared two or three statements for each of the questions. Answer for yourself, which of the statements is most likely to apply to you. The answer (ice cream maker with compressor, ice cream maker without compressor, freezer) that comes up most often is the right choice for you.
1. for how many people and how often do I want to make ice cream?
"I want to produce larger quantities of ice cream more often"
If you want to produce the average 8 litres per person per year (i.e. approx. once a month in summertime), it is worthwhile to purchase a Ice cream machine with or without compressor. Especially if you are a multi-person household. For this purpose I have developed a Calculation in a separate article.
"I rarely want to make ice cream"
If you only want to produce ice cream rarely and in small quantities (i.e. 1-3 times a year), then the Freezer compartment.
2. how important is the creaminess of the ice cream to me?
"I need my ice cream to be creamy"
If creaminess is a must, then you come to the purchase of a Ice cream machine not over. Due to the constant stirring process the crystals become much smaller and more air is introduced into the mass.
"I don't care about the creaminess"
If the main thing is to have a delicious, cold dessert that can also be a little more crystalline, then the Freezer compartment.
3. do I want to produce several varieties one after the other?
"When I eat ice cream, I want different kinds at once"
If you want to produce several varieties, it is worthwhile to Ice cream machine with compressor. However, the varieties must be produced one after the other and stored temporarily in the freezer.
Ice cream machines without a compressor are usually not immediately reusable after a variety and are therefore not suitable.
At Freezer compartment you can also make several types. Here it depends on the size of the freezer compartment and how much space you have in it.
"I'm usually satisfied with just one kind of ice cream"
At Ice machines without compressor you can usually only make one type of ice cream. Then the container must be frozen again for 8 hours. But also Ice machines with compressor or that Freezer compartment are a possibility here.
4. what is the maximum amount of money I want to spend?
"I'm a little short of cash"
If you don't want to spend extra money, you can get good ice cream without any problems in the Freezer compartment manufacture.
"Some money I can spend"
If you want to spend a maximum of 100 euros, you can get a Ice cream machine without compressor ...to buy.
"Money is not an issue for me"
With a little more money (from about 200 Euro) you can get a very good Ice cream machine with compressor buy.
5. Do I prefer to make ice cream spontaneously or do I like to plan in advance?
"If I feel like ice cream, I need to have it now"
Spontaneous ice cravings can only be achieved with Ice cream machine with compressor fulfill.
"I like to plan ahead for what's coming up the next day"
At Ice machines without compressor you have to know the day before you want to make ice cream. Unless you have a freezer compartment so big that you can store the container there permanently.
"I might as well wait a few hours for my ice cream"
The Freezer compartment is a good option if you can wait four hours for your ice and also have time in between to break through the ice.
6. Do I have room in my kitchen?
"My kitchen is a little cramped"
With little space in the kitchen, the only thing that really remains Freezer compartment or a Ice cream machine without compressor. The ice cream machine without compressor can be stowed away if necessary and does not need to be given a permanent place on the work surface.
"I have plenty of room in my kitchen"
If one has a surface for a device of 40 x 40 cm on average, then one can easily Ice cream machine with compressor set up. It is better if such machines are permanently in one place. The manufacturer does not usually recommend moving the machine, as the inclination of the machine may cause the coolant to be distributed differently and you should wait a certain time before using it again. Otherwise this allegedly reduces the life of the machine.
I hope I was able to help you find out the right way to make ice cream for you. You are welcome to leave a comment on what you have chosen.