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Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

Dave!I've decided to purchase an ice cream maker. It's not because I like to eat a lot of ice cream... dairy and me don't get along as well as we used to... but every once in a while I have a flashback to eating stracciatella gelato in Rome and have a very hard time letting go. I've tried buying the "gelato" they sell here in the States, but it is not the same. I figure the only way I'm going to fulfill my frozen longings is to create my own stracciatella recipe and keep working until I get it right. I had tried to do this a few years ago, but my crappy $60 ice cream maker wouldn't cooperate.

So this time I am buying a real Italian gelato machine that has a built-in freezer compressor. It's obscene how much money you can end up spending on one of these things (there are models costing thousands of dollars), but eventually I found a highly recommended machine that was under $200. It's called the "Lello Gelato Junior."

Gelato Machine

Can you believe that little machine weighs 40 pounds? Can you believe that I am probably going to end up weighing 400 pounds by the time I perfect my stracciatella gelato recipe? Wish me luck...

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  1. jenny says:

    Sounds yummy!
    Try this site
    Hopefuuly it will be a good starting base for you!

  2. Amy French says:

    I’m looking for the definiton or the origin of the word “stracciatella”.

    Any ideas?


  3. Dave2 says:

    I’m not 100% sure, but I think that “stracciate” in Italian means “to rip apart” so maybe it is refering to “ripping apart” the chocolate and adding it to the vanilla gelato?

  4. Nate says:

    “Stracciatella” is litterally is an egg-drop soup, in Italian

  5. Amy says:

    I was wondering if you’ve been sucessful making gelato with the Lello Gelato maker. I have a cheap ice cream machine also, and was wondering if I needed to buy a commercial gelato maker to make chewy silky gelato. I love the type made with heazelnut praline.


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