Homemade Ice Cream | Tips from Ice Cream Guru Gus Rancatore
Rancatore suggests that a bit of patience after bringing the ice cream out of the freezer brings rewards. “You want it to warm up a bit,” he says. “Really cold ice cream numbs the tastebuds. If you let it warm up, you’ll be able to better taste the vanilla or coffee.”
The Right Machine
Expensive ice cream makers make great wedding presents–and even better dust collectors. In other words, Rancatore says, there’s no need to spring for a $700 Italian-made machine when places like Target and Amazon offer really good options for around $60.
Top It Off
Although he’s a big advocate of homemade ice cream–“It’s so fresh, there’s nothing like it”–Rancatore says creating good toppings for the store-bought stuff is a good second option: “Slice up some strawberries, put some lemon juice on them, and spoon it on some Haeagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and you’ll be happy.”