Nothing beats the heat on a hot summer day like a cone or bowl of homemade ice cream. While your local grocery store undoubtedly offers a variety of brands and flavors, the creaminess of freshly made ice cream cannot be duplicated. With an ice cream maker like the Dolly Madison version produced by Rival, you can enjoy homemade ice cream with just a few simple ingredients and steps.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Before and after using your ice cream maker, be sure all parts of thoroughly washed. The removable parts and ice cream bucket can be washed in warm water with a mild detergent. Do not submerge the motor. Wipe the exterior with a damp cloth if necessary.


Place the machine on a flat surface and plug it in. To make the ice cream, you will need three ingredients: the ice cream mixture made using any ice cream recipe; either 5 cups of rock salt or 4 cups of table salt, and about 17 pounds of crushed ice. Chill the ice cream can and ice cream mixture in the refrigerator before starting.


When the can and ice cream mixture are chilled, pour the mixture into the can to a level no more than three-quarters full. The ice cream will expand as it freezes, and you do not want it to overflow. Cover the can with the lid. Be sure it “catches” in the notch on the machine and locks in place.

Assemble the ice cream machine. Place the metal ice cream can into the bucket, then place the dasher–the piece that churns the ice cream–into the can. Top the lid with the motor driver and turn it counterclockwise to lock it in place. Turn on the machine.

While the can is turning, place 2 inches of ice at the bottom of the bucket. Pour 1/2 cup of salt over the ice. Continue layering until you reach the top of the bucket. Continue churning the ice cream until it is “set,” which will take 20 to 40 minutes. When the motor stops churning, wipe away the ice and salt from the top of the ice cream can. Lift the lid and remove the dasher. Pack down the ice cream using the back of a spoon. Replace the lid, insert the provided cork into the top of the cover, and place the can in your freezer to harden for several hours.