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Homemade ice cream with the Savisto Ice Cream Maker

Summer's nearly over but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a tasty ice cream and here in the Hunt household, we've been having a go at making our own with the Savisto Ice Cream Maker*. For some reason, I always thought making ice cream would be quite difficult but having the machine makes it super easy.

The Savisto Ice Cream Maker comes with a 1.5 litre freezing bowl, a large funnel allowing you to add ingredients whilst the mixture is churning, a digital time display and a booklet featuring 133 homemade ice cream recipes. I think it's a lovely sleek and compact design, not taking up too much worktop space at all.

After browsing the recipe book, I decided to make a simple strawberry ice cream. It's my mum's favourite flavour and I thought it was a good one to start with as it required minimal ingredients and effort. The night before I put the removable bowl in a bag in the freezer so it would be ready the next day - an important step to remember, as the bowl must be frozen for around 12 hours prior to use.

The strawberry ice cream recipe in the Savisto book was very easy to follow. All you had to do was puree your strawberries and then mix them together in the bowl with the cream and sugar. There wasn't any cooking or chilling involved in this recipe but others in the book are more complex and elaborate.

Once it was all mixed together nicely, I popped it into the frozen bowl, pushed in the paddle, locked the top on and set the timer for 30 minutes. Admittedly, I had no idea if this was the right time to churn the ice cream for, as the recipe book said to go with the manufacturer's instructions and I couldn't seem to find the right time in there either but thankfully 30 minutes was perfect! You can actually churn for up to 40 minutes or reduce the time using the button on the digital screen in five minute intervals.

Something else I really liked about the machine was that it wasn't too noisy. The noise it made was low-level so you could get on and do other things in the mean time without it bothering you.

Once the thirty minutes was up, I transferred the ice cream into a Tupperware container and put it in the freezer. I was seriously impressed with how the ice cream had turned out - it was lovely and vibrant in colour and soft to scoop. My homemade strawberry ice cream also got a big thumbs up when it came to trying the ice cream...now strawberry ice cream isn't my favourite but even I thought it tasted good! My mum and dad absolutely loved it and said it tasted as good as the ice cream you buy in the little shops on holiday!

Cleaning the machine was also very straight forward. I simply waited for it to return to room temperature and then hand washed it with a cloth. The entire process of preparing, using and cleaning the Savisto Ice Cream Machine is quick, easy and fuss-free - just what you want from a home kitchen appliance. I can't wait to try some of the more complex recipes in the book - I'm thinking it's gonna have to be a butterscotch or salted caramel ice cream next as they're my favourite flavours!

At £34.99 (was £44.99) the Savisto Ice Cream Maker is extremely well priced and perfect for those wanting to try their hand at making ice cream at home. Although it doesn't have an internal freezing mechanism like some of the more expensive machines, I really don't think freezing the bowl is an inconvenience and the machine itself does everything you need it to do. It makes a great amount of ice cream with it's 1.5 litre capacity and I'm sure it's going to get plenty of use in the Hunt household!

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