What is the hand crank ice cream maker?

What is the hand crank ice cream maker

A hand-crank ice cream maker is an old-fashioned tool that requires manual effort to make ice cream. This machine comes with a hand-crank that has to be turned so as to make the mixture churning to the right texture and consistency.

The best hand crank ice cream maker should have large enough capacity, be durable and easy to use. Importantly, it is capable of keeping your ice cream cold enough.

Pros and cons of hand crank ice cream makers


  • Firstly, hand-crank ice cream makers are often cheaper than electric ice cream makers.
  • Secondly, old-fashioned ice cream makers are handy to use and add fun and practicality to the process.
  • Especially, you are able to use the ice cream maker for outdoor recreational purposes. In other words, they can be used even where electric ice cream makers cannot be used.


  • Unlike electric ice cream makers, with manual or hand-crank ice cream makers, you might need to do a lot of churning to get ice cream.
  • Also, users have to fill the bowl with many layers of rock salt and ice cubes when churning in order to prevent the mixture from being watery.

How does the hand crank ice cream maker work?

How does the hand crank ice cream maker work

To use hand-crank ice cream makers, you need to use manual effort to make ice cream. These old-fashioned hand-crank machines contain a canister to hold the ice cream mixture sitting inside another container which holds a freezer agent, typically salt and ice, etc.

Then, the ice cream mixture is placed inside the canister, a hand-crank on the outside of the machine will be turned in order to churn the mixture to the desired texture and consistency.

The hand crank ice cream maker will freeze the mixture while simultaneously churning it. By this churning process, you can not only further mix the ingredients together but also push air into the mixture.

Therefore, ice crystals do not grow too large during the freezing process. Moreover, this process makes most ice creams to be ready to consume immediately.

Interestingly, whether for home use or for an outdoors adventure, making ice cream on your own is sure to make the entire family happy and fun!

Guide to make the hand crank ice cream

Guide to make the hand crank ice cream

Step 1: Mix the ingredients

Mix the ingredients

It is quite easy to make Ice cream, just need a few ingredients and several simple steps.
Ingredients for a basic vanilla recipe:
– A cup of sugar ( unrefined sugar is better)
– one or two eggs (depending on how rich you like it to taste)
– a half-gallon of milk
– cream (optional)
– a vanilla bean

First, you put all the ingredients apart from the milk in a bowl and stir. The cream is optional, but if you want to add it, just about half a cup. It will make your cream taste much thicker.

Moreover, you can use cookies for a cookie and cream flavor, and fresh strawberries. Before adding strawberries, you have to wash them and remove any stems or pits. Then, use an immersion blender to blend the berries into the cream mixture.

When adding cookies you have to wait until the ice cream is already frozen and then stir in the cookie bits. Also, you can get a kind of chocolate mush ice cream that makes cream yummier.

Step 2: Put the Mixture Into the Churn

Put the Mixture Into the Churn

Now you can pour your mixed ingredients into the quart container. It is advisable to mix the milk into the poured ingredients as if not it’s sloshy and harder to move.

Now we have the inside of the ice cream churn. The wooden dashers will move against the inside of the quart container and scrape the sides.

So, the inner will a little bit stay still while everything else moves around it. All of these ingredients together conspire to push the milky creamy stuff around and get it all cold and frozen evenly.

Step 3: Cranking


All you do now is to put the machine altogether, then alternate layers of ice and plenty of rock salt in the wooden bucket all around the closed quart container.

After that, just turn and turn the crank. This progress may take about half an hour. When you feel very hard to turn, the ice cream is done because it’s frozen inside.

Wrapping up

It’s great to know how to make a hand crank ice cream maker work like a charm! Nothing better than a good homemade soft serve ice cream, right?


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7 Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids (DIY)

1. Rainbow Fruit Kabobs and Rainbow Colors Scavenger Hunt

I have a fun activity and snack for you today to help your little ones learn and have fun at the same time.  My 2 boys have been having so much fun participating in the Hogwarts Summer Fun Challenge over at Puddle Wonderful Learning.  One of their challenges was to go on a rainbow color hunt.  They loved it!  Want to send your kiddos on a rainbow color scavenger hunt?  Here’s the rules, okay so there’s not really any set rules.  We just went out side and I would say the color and then my boys would run around looking until they found the color.  Some colors were easy, like green, but indigo? Not so easy!  I’m not sure if we even really found indigo.  I even went so far as to do a google image search for the color indigo and was surprised to see the huge differences in colors all claiming to be indigo,  so we guessed.  Don’t judge if we’re way off 😉 To add to the fun we took a picture of the item we found for each color and turned it into a photo collage for them to look at and use to practice their colors.

This was such a fun activity to help my boys practice their colors and learn the order of the colors in a rainbow.  Another idea for doing this activity with a little bit older kids would be to just give them the camera and a list of the colors and see what pictures they come back with.  Or if you have a group of kids you could split them in 2 teams and which ever team comes back with a picture of each color first wins.   Or instead of pictures you could give them each a bag and the first one back with an object for each color wins.  There are so many ways you could do this scavenger hunt, but the point is to let them have fun while learning at the same time.
After our scavenger hunt we were ready for a snack.  I decided to stick with the rainbow theme and made these fun Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.  Simply choose a fruit for each color, cut them into bite size chunks, and slide them onto the skewer in order of the rainbow colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo(I’m not aware of any indigo colored fruit, so we left that color out of our kabobs), and Violet.  For our kabobs we used Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple, Kiwi, Blueberries, and Grapes, but don’t be afraid to switch it up to use any fruits you have on hand, fresh or canned.  These were a simple, fun and healthy snack that my boys absolutely loved helping me make and eat!

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Choose a fruit for each color.
Red Fruit: Strawberry, Raspberry, Watermelon, Apple, Cherry
Orange Fruit: Orange, Mandarin Oranges, Cantalope, Peach, Apricot
Yellow Fruit: Pineapple, Banana
Green Fruit: Kiwi, Apple, Grapes, Honeydew Melon
Blue Fruit: Blueberry
Violet Fruit: Grapes , Plums
Wash, dry and cut all of your fruit into bite size chunks.  Slide the fruit onto the skewers making sure to keep them in order of the rainbow colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo(not included in our kabobs), Violet.  Enjoy!

2. Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate Cookies

The other day while grocery shopping I was picking up some more Mint Hot Chocolate, my new favorite, when I spotted something new.  You know the so delicious, cute, teeny tiny little marshmallows that come in some hot chocolate, but of course not in my favorite mint hot chocolate.  There was a whole container filled with just marshmallow bits.  Are these new, or have I just been missing out all this time?  Needless to say they made their way into my cart.  I started thinking that these marshmallow bits would be great in cookies or brownies too, so I decided to see if I could figure out a way to turn my favorite hot chocolate into a cookie. These cookies turned out Awesome.  They seriously taste just like mint hot chocolate, but in cookie form.  Thanks to 3 secret ingredients:  mint hot chocolate mix, Andes mint chips for a little extra mint and chocolate flavor and Marshmallow Bits