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The Latest Scoop: How to Use an Ice Cream Maker for Profit

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 Nisbets Next Day Catering Equipment - How to use an Ice Cream Maker for Profit

It's Summer and there's nothing like the unbeatable taste of a delicious ice cream on a beautiful day. Whilst it's tempting to buy ice cream in, it's easy to produce large quantities quickly by using a commercial ice cream maker. Here's how..

Whilst its possible to create great ice cream without a machine, the fastest and easiest way to produce large quantities is by using a commercial ice cream maker.  Profit margins on own recipe ice creams are generally higher than pre-mix, so depending on ingredients and extras used, you could expect around 65-70% margin on a high quality ice cream.

Ice cream makers are really easy to use, just follow this step-by-step guide or click the video.

1. The Buffalo Ice Cream maker has a built in freezer, so there's no need to pre-freeze the bowl first - simply place the 1.5 litre bowl into the maker and position the paddle into place.

2. Add your own recipe ice cream mixture and place the lid into position.

3. Set the temperature dial to the desired setting - the handy LED display allows precise control.

4. Add extra ingredients as per your recipe.

5. Over a short 30-45 minute period, the mixture will expand and become ice cream.  Ensure to not allow it to freeze completely, as this could cause unnecessary wear on the motor.

6. Scoop into a storage container for freezing or serve immediately for deliciously creamy results.

 Buffalo Ice Cream Maker CK630 Buffalo Ice Cream Maker DM067
(left)Buffalo Ice Cream Maker CK630 - 2 Litre Digital Controls
(right) Buffalo Ice Cream Maker DM067 - 1.5 Litre Manual Controls

Simple Summer Strawberry & Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe


600g fresh strawberries, hulled
50g fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
300g caster sugar
650ml double cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract


1.Put 600g of the strawberries into a food processor or commercial blender and blend until it's a soft, creamy pureƩ. Strain with a sieve to remove any pips.

2. Add the strawberry pureƩ into a mixing bowl and add the cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until the colour is mixed well.

3. Pour into the Buffalo ice cream machine.

4. After around ten minutes, add the remaining 50g of chopped strawberries into mixture using the pouring chute. 

5. Allow around 40 minutes for freezing, but keep checking for the desired consistency.  The mixture will make around 1.5 litres of tasty ice cream.  Using a 2.5oz, size 16 ice cream scoop would allow approximately 24 scoops of ice cream per batch.

6. Empty into food storage containers for freezing or a gastronorm pan for attractive ice cream display in a front of house counter like the Crystal Elegante 8 below.  Alternatively, box up the ice cream for storage in a display freezer.
 Crystal Venus Elegante 8 CK644
Crystal Venus Elegante 8 CK644

For more information, see our About Ice Cream Makers page and don't forget that any orders over £50 from Nisbets qualify for free next day delivery.

By David Evans


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