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May 13, 2011 at 4:25 am #598894
It’s my Grandma’s 100th Birthday in July and we thought it would be fun to churn Ice Cream like they did in old days, for her party.
Anybody have one that works?….and can teach me how to use it? : )May 14, 2011 at 12:35 am #724183
Don’t have one, but I recall my folks hanging onto an ancient one and making ice cream on July 4th holidays.
Create the ice cream mix (can probably find recipes online)and place in center container
Seal container and fix into the center of the tub with the crank fixture… should be easy to figure out.
Fill the space around the ice cream mix container with chipped ice pieces and throw in rock salt. Crank and continue to fill with ice (and occasionally more salt) as the ice melts.
When cranking becomes really tough, your ice cream is probably done – and seriously delicious. :)May 14, 2011 at 2:00 am #724184
It’s the dashers in the tub that make the ice cream TDe. They scrape the freezing mixture off the sides and break up the ice crystals so you have a smooth confection.
I’ve heard of some make-shift contraptions, with one container inside another and just rolling it around, but I can’t imagine the results are all that great.
Or you could make it sort of like they do at Graeters, in Cincinnati. Put the mixture into a bowl and into a much larger bowl of ice and salt, and start scraping the sides and spinning the bowl until you have ice cream. Simple as that!
I would suggest going online puppy. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a used one for years, and the only ones I’ve seen have been in antique stores and much more expensive than I wanted to pay.
Keep looking, though. In my opinion, hand-cranks make superior ice cream to most of the electric machines, though my friends have one with a pre-frozen canister that churns out serviceable ice cream. The problem with electrics is they seem to bog down before the ice cream is completely frozen. With a hand-crank, you can keep turning as long as you are willing.
Here you go. If you don’t want it after you are finished, I’ll buy it off you (with allowance for depreciation, of course!)May 14, 2011 at 2:31 am #724185
I wonder if the WS Tool Library has one? They have all sorts of cool things that aren’t traditional tools, like food dehydrators. They have an online database…but nothing showing an ice cream maker. Wouldn’t hurt to call and see. Maybe the database isn’t updated.
Good luck! Yum!May 14, 2011 at 2:59 am #724186May 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm #724187
WOW, I love the West Seattle Blog, you have a question and you got lots of answers. Thank you SO MUCH everybody.
I never even thought that they still made crank style ones, I think I will go that route, thanks Dawsonct !!May 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm #724188
Shoot puppy, I’ve been looking for so long, I may just spring for one of those myself!
I DO like the idea of there being one or two of them at the tool library. They seem like EXACTLY the type of thing you would only need to borrow a few times a year.
Does the library have a fund set up to purchase requested tools/equipment, or is it strictly donations?May 15, 2011 at 2:16 am #724189
Dawsonct, Good question. I’ve yet to use the library, but that would be a great idea. Their site says it’s a suggested donation to keep the operation going, and nothing about a fund to purchase tools. Also says they have over 1000 tools (wow!) so maybe don’t feel the need to purchase. But I sure would be on that list to borrow an ice cream maker!
Also this is good to know for those searching their database:
As we are constantly receiving new tool donations, a good bit of our inventory is yet to be cataloged. The latest estimate puts the total collection at around 1,000 tools, spanning everything from sewing machines to wood chippers.July 11, 2011 at 12:56 am #724190
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