Every week, after swimming lessons, my daughter and I walk to the ice cream shop and treat ourselves to a scoop.
Since I have genetically high cholesterol, I've been cutting back on egg yolks and dairy products that are high in milk fat (e.g. heavy cream). Traditional homemade ice cream contains plenty of both.
Sure, I tried a few methods to make it at home. All of them were fairly messy and I never seemed to get the consistency quite right.
But last week, my daughter received a Zoku ice cream maker from her cousins. I was excited to try it out since I absolutely love our Zoku popsicle maker.
My Low M.F. Chocolate Ice Cream Ingredients
You Only Need Five Items
My Inspiration and Tweaks
I didn't need any inspiration, actually. Just the thought of making a mess-free version of homemade ice cream was enough to motivate me.
My favourite flavour is chocolate peanut butter. But since my daughter cannot have peanuts, I thought I'd make it with WowButter instead.
After making Magic WowButter Pillow Cookies, I had a bunch of WowButter centers leftover. I kept them in the freezer. Well, these were the perfect addition to our frozen chocolate dairy creation. (If you need to make them, don't worry, you only need two ingredients).
I loosely based my recipe on the one included in the Zoku instructions. It called for 1.5 cups of whole milk and 1.5 cups of heavy cream. I just used two cans of unsweetened evaporated milk instead.
The WowButter bites are made by combining equal amounts of WowButter and pure icing sugar. And since WowButter is an easy 1 for 1 peanut butter substitute, you could use the latter instead (provided you don't have a peanut allergy).
Important Zoku Tips
Be sure to use mild soapy water to wash the unit and nothing abrasive on it. The silicone ring (I'm assuming it's silicone) easily comes out of its slot. Since you'll be scraping the ice cream on it (as it forms), it's important to take this ring out and wash it thoroughly.
I store the metal bowl part (with the silicone ring inserted properly in its slot) in a ziploc bag in the freezer. It keeps it clean and ready for use. It's important to keep it in an upright position in the freezer for the fluid contained inside the unit.
I keep the outer bowl and cool-looking spatula it comes with in the cupboard. I'm pretty sure the outer bowl is just to protect your fingers from freezing while you stir.
Bonus: The spatula it comes with is excellent for icing my G-F WowButter Carrot Cake.
The Four Parts of Zoku's Ice Cream Maker
Clean and Replace "Seal" Before and After Use
How the Zoku Ice Cream Maker Works
What I like most about Zoku's products are they work without electricity. The refrigerant liquid is non-toxic (and it remains safely sealed inside).
Note: You should never put the Zoku unit in the dishwasher.
It's fascinating to watch ice cream form as you mix it. In the past, I'd rely on the freezer to do the work - but I could never stay on top of preventing ice crystals from forming. Plus it took too long.
Zoku speeds up the freezing process immensely. In just 10 minutes you can enjoy a soft serve dairy dessert (I like it hard, so I put it back in the freezer for 10 more minutes).
I attempted a homemade video of how this unit works, but mine wasn't nearly as good as this next one by the Cooking Club of America. My cat Kady kept getting in the way and my house is a bit messy.
Zoku Ice Cream Maker
Published on August 18th, 2014
My Daughter Loves to Mix Up the Ingredients
TIP: Break up any lumps of cocoa by using the back of a spoon and squishing them against the sides of the bowl.
Choc Ice Cream Base After 30 Mins in Fridge
Give it another whisk and break up any floating lumps
After Stirring For 8 Mins, I Freeze for 10 Mins
Looks Great After 10 More Mins in the Freezer
NOTE: Only use the spatula that comes with the unit
Easy Low M.F. Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
Makes: 4 cups | Prep: 10 mins | Total: 20 - 50 mins
My Daughter Enjoying Our Chocolate Ice Cream
Zoku Instant Ice Cream Maker
Zoku Instant Ice Cream Maker
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Good to know it's BPA and phthalate-free and comes in your choice of six colours.
Apparently (and I did not know this) these bowls can be stacked upright in your freezer in case you want to have a few handy.