3 Aug 2016

Homemade Ice Cream with Savisto

It may not feel like it but we are half way through another very British summer. The weather is cold, wet and windy but school is out and that can only mean one thing. Ice cream! Lots and lots of lovely ice cream.

We love sweet treats in the C-house. And we all love ice cream. The delicious soft creaminess of an indulgent scoop on a hot day is what summer holidays are all about.

Homemade Ice Cream with Savisto

Our ice cream habit comes with a problem though. That of unwanted ingredients in the tub. Even the best brands are packed full of preservatives and all sorts of nasties that are best avoided. The only way round this ice cream dilemma is to invest in an ice cream maker. That way you control what goes into the ice cream and effectively, into your tummies.

We have been trying out the Savisto 1.5 litre ice cream maker these last few days and needless to say, have been eating a lot of homemade ice cream.

Savisto 1.5 litre ice cream maker

So what do we make of our new kitchen gadget? For starters, the Savisto ice cream maker is easy to assemble. I don’t do much tech, but I was able to put it together with minimum fuss. The power unit clicks into the plastic lid and you then attach the paddle to it. The whole assembly sits on top of the bowl and once plugged in, churns away to make your frozen treat.

The Savisto is easy to assemble

One thing I did struggle with was the timer adjustment. It took a few attempts before I figured out how the display works. Once the main switch is on, you press the Power button to bring up a display of 40:00. This is the default running time of 40 minutes. You now have 2 seconds to press the Reset button and adjust this running time in increments of 5 minutes per press.

The paddle will start turning 2 seconds after first pressing the Power button. Once that happens, there is no way to adjust the churning time. The only way is to switch the whole thing off and power it back up again.  I don’t think these instructions are very clear in the manual. Having spoken to the manufacturers, I have been assured that they will look into it.

The ice cream maker comes with a very handy recipe book with over a hundred recipes as well as hints and tips to make the most of your gadget.

Starting out with the Savisto ice cream maker

I chose to ignore the recipe book (M will vouch for my inability to follow a recipe – I have to do it my way) and decided to wing it with some mango ice cream. I will not divulge my recipe here as I am still in the process of perfecting it. Suffice to say, I churned the mixture for 40 minutes and it ended up fluffy but not quite scoopable. So I put it in the freezer to harden it. And now J and his grown-ups have been devouring homemade mango ice cream every day this past week.

Can you see the paddle churning?

Homemade Ice Cream with Savisto

Using the Savisto takes a bit of planning. What I mean is you can’t just make ice cream on a whim. The bowl has to be frozen for a minimum of 12 hours. I tend to dry it, cover it with cling film and leave it in the freezer overnight. The ingredients should all be cold before you use them. I have learned to make my ice cream mix and keep it in the fridge for a few hours before use. 

You may find this a faff. But hey! End result is you get to eat fresh, homemade ice cream where you have complete control over the ingredients. So much healthier, not to mention cheaper yet yummier, than shop-bought. I am willing to re-organise the contents of my freezer for that. You?

Disclosure: We were sent a Savisto ice cream maker for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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