vintage-style-ice-cream-churnWhere to buy a vintage or vintage-style ice cream maker? Also known as ice cream churn. I got my electric model, old and beat up, but works just fine, at a garage sale for $5. I’ve probably seen 20 at similar sales since, they are around, that’s for sure. If you want new, might I suggest the White Mountain Ice Cream Churn.  It’s available either motorized or original vintage slow-food-manifesto hand-crank. I bought one for my friend Ashley for a wedding present. She and John go to a lot of barbeques.  They live in California. It was a BIG HIT. Made in America. 150 year history. Costs some dough re mi. An even greater Vermont contribution to ice cream history than Ben & Jerry’s. And remember, when you make homemade ice cream – only ever used finely crushed ice. And eat a lot. Alot alot.

  1. MidCent Keith says:

    I recently found a manual ice cream maker atop a dumpster at a local charity shop .. apparently they didn’t think anyone would buy it. It looks like its from the 1960’s (aqua) and originally sold at JC Pennys. I have a pic posted on flickr:
    I’ve never had homemade ice cream (made in one’s home), but maybe from what you all are saying, it’s worth the effort!

  2. Femme1 says:

    One of my fondest memories is our Sunday family get-togethers in the summer at my dad and his brothers’ hunting camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania. We’d stop in our ’54 Pontiac to pick up a huge (it seemed to me) block of ice in the trunk of the car, and then head to the camp. My uncle had the White Mountain cranker and he’s start the ice cream while my Italian grandmother and aunts would set out the rigatoni and lasagna. Yum.

  3. lynz says:

    Very awesome and odd that I actually picked up a modern ice cream maker yesterday and used it last night, (The one day of the year, i didn’t go to Going to look in storage this weekend for an old yellow and wood one i saw in there, bc the new item seems flimsy.

  4. Maria Stahl says:

    Hand-crank models are excellent for gatherings where there will be a bunch of teens. They have endless cranking power and it keeps them out of trouble. :o) They’ll crank forever if they know they’ll get ice cream out of the deal!

    1. pam kueber says:

      An excellent point, Maria. Teens also are fascinated by things that aren’t digital. And also, that are super-homemade. The teens go nutso and think I’m the very best mom ever in the history of the world when I make homemade ice cream. I don’t mind a bit. In fact, I really have come to believe that “the family” and “childhood” is built on just these kinds of little touches. In addition to the big important things, that is.

  5. sablemable says:

    Hand-churned ice cream was such a treat when I was growing up! I believe Mom had a White Mountain churn. When the electric models came out, she bought one and sold the manual churn in a yard sale.
    I recently bought an electric churn to use inside (no salt or ice needed) where one has to put the stainless steel insert into the freezer to get cold. It makes good ice cream, but it doesn’t compare to the hand-churn models.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Sablemable, what a nice memory! Hmmm. Anything harder to do – makes a better story, a better memory. Like: Hand-churned ice cream. And: retro renovating!

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