I have made one batch of ice cream, and now I need to make another. I have rinsed out the freezer bowl, and when I dried it I noticed that the water had frozen to a thin film of ice. So it is obviously still pretty cold. I am hoping to finish the second batch tonight (at the time of writing it is 7 pm here in Sweden). Is a couple of hours in the freezer enough, or do I need to wait until tomorrow morning?
How long do I need to freeze the freezer bowl when making the second batch of ice cream?
Try it. The worst that can happen is you have to melt and re-freeze the next morning.– ComputerishDec 30, 2010 at 18:32
Salt and ice rules here (at least in the "not mechanically refrigerated and under $100" class.) Second batch is easy-peasy, no waiting.– EcnerwalJul 1, 2015 at 2:34
This really depends on your freezer and your icecream bowl. Usually the instructions will have a suggested freeze time on them...In my experience, however, it's usually 6-8 hours at a minimum.
If you need to make multiple batches, it is ABSOLUTELY worth your money to get another bowl.
The goal is to get the whole bowl down to the coldest temperature possible...even though the bowl is at -1 C (it will freeze water) it would be ineffective to freeze more ice cream. 2 bowls is the only reliable way to do two batches, although pre-chilling the ice cream mix in the freezer to near freezing will help. Dec 30, 2010 at 20:12
@doug: On labor day I saw people try and do two batches, freezing the bowl for 6 hours in between, and the second batch never froze up, not even close. So I agree completely. Dec 30, 2010 at 20:27
Ok, I guess it will have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks! Dec 30, 2010 at 22:18
1It also depends on the ambient temperature and how well-chilled your ice cream is before freezing. You can get away with a lot more if your place is cool and you chill the custard in the freezer to the point of almost starting to freeze.– Cascabel ♦Jul 7, 2015 at 6:11
I only had mine in the freezer for 2-4 hours and it worked really well.