Thursday, July 17, 2014

My personal gelato shop

My husband really is the greatest guy! 

For years, I had been wanting a compressor-style ice cream maker. Unlike machines that require the bowl to be frozen, those with their own compressor have a built-in freezer. This offers several advantages. For one, they can keep up with the Arizona heat and crank out a batch of firm ice cream even on the hottest summer days. More importantly, they can make batch after batch, without the bowl having to be frozen overnight. A major boon when feeding 9 eager mouths hungry for ice cream. 

Anyhow, several weeks ago, I found a commercial gelato maker on Craigslist. I just love commercial anything, because they have greater capacity and there are so many of us. Plus, commercial stuff usually holds up much better. The price was ridiculously low, just a small fraction of what this puppy costs new. The only problem was that the people selling it lived a couple of hours away in the sticks, which must have been why they kept lowering the price. (By comparison, someone was selling a BROKEN unit for three times that price here in the city.) 

I had mentioned it to my husband, but there was no way I was willing or able to go that far to pick it up, with Boaz still being little and not liking to ride in the car. Later that week, I was having a particularly rough day. My husband came home from the office that night, and realizing I'd had a long day, asked what he could do to cheer me up. To myself, I thought "I would really like that ice cream maker right now!" but of course didn't say so. 

Well, he walked back out to the van, and walked back in - with my new (to me) gelato maker! I thought he had been at the office all afternoon, but he had, in fact, driven for hours to get it for me. I had not seen that coming, at all! Ever since then, we have made "ice cream" part of our family's daily food pyramid :) So many possibilities!! Just check out my Pinterest board for ice cream recipes :)

I set up a dedicated "ice cream station", where we keep the gelato maker, ice cream dishes/spoons/scoops, paper and plastic tubs for gift-giving and freezing, jars with various toppings, and a waffle cone maker. It has seen a lot of use this summer!

Pumpkin Pie gelato, topped with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, and pecan pieces.

Mmmh mmmh! Let me tell you, fresh ice cream goes a long ways towards a happy marriage!


  1. How absolutely wonderful! My mum gave me her ice cream maker last year, as she was not using it. The chilling of the bowl is a real nuisance but not as bad as the noise the machine makes - it is impossible to carry on a conversation in the same room with it chugging away.
    However, since I started to make our own ice cream, the store bought stuff just does not hold the same appeal. A new compressor machine costs over USD 260 where I live though. So, I am going to have to think about that for a while.

  2. Which model is it? Is it hard to clean? Now I want ice cream...

  3. How wonderful! Not to mention what a super romantic gesture. You are a lucky gal. Blessings to you all.

  4. Yum =) We are going to have to save up for a summer vacation to AZ to visit your gelato =)

    1. To SWEET!! In every sense of the word!! You deserve it for sure! Enjoy~ as it sounds like you all are!

  5. Congrats on your purchase, sounds delightful!
    We are not in desperate need of an ice cream maker - yet, but I love homemade ice cream. And yes, summers are impossible to survive without ice cream. (I may be getting old but I prefer cold weather and a heated house to summer heat any day of the week.) Keep browsing for recipes tho' the internet offers a neverending supply of ice cream ideas. Enjoy!

  6. Are you using raw milk to make your ice cream?


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