Learn about the three main kinds of home ice-cream makers, and find out the secret to making scoop-able ice cream—not soupy soft-serve. Find out how machines with a freezable bowl compare to machines with a built-in compressor freezer, and why some ‘hounds still love old-fashioned ice-and-salt machines. Plus learn the crucial role your freezer plays in the ice cream process, even if you’re not using a frozen bowl.

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