Most people use a freeze-the-bowl type ice cream maker, which involves freezing the ice cream bowl in your freezer for a day before you want to use it.
A common problem with these types of machine is simply not getting the bowl cold enough. If you don’t manage to get it cold enough, it won’t be able to freeze the ice cream, and you might simply end up with a very cold milkshake!
What a lot of people don’t realise, is that some spots in your freezer are warmer than others. Another factor that affects the temperature is how much is currently being stored in there. If your freezer is full, finding the coldest spot possible for your ice cream maker bowl is absolutely vital.
For the best chance of success, you should freeze your bowl in one of the middle levels of your freezer, as far back as possible. This is generally the coldest spot in your freezer. I’ve never had any issues with a bowl that isn’t cold enough when I use this spot!