Like hamburgers and french fries, milkshakes are a time-honored staple of U.S. cuisine and no self-respecting establishment can call itself a diner if it does not have a milkshake machine. Today, milkshake machines are not just found in diners. Smaller versions are becoming a favorite dessert-making appliance in many home kitchens. Favorite milkshake flavors include chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, but when you have your own machine, everything from mango and coconut to peanut butter and marshmallow is possible.
Fill the stainless steel milkshake cup with the wet ingredients first. For a traditional milkshake, use 1 part milk and 2 parts ice cream; then add 2 tablespoons of sugar and any desired, additional ingredients. Use the volume marks on the side of the cup to monitor the amount of ingredients for one milkshake. Use only extremely cold, whole milk to ensure a frothy and creamy milkshake.
Tilt the head of a standing milkshake machine back. Slide the milkshake cup into the cup holder and drop down the head of the machine, submerging the spindle and blade into the contents. Never start the blade before submersion. Many milkshake makers will not start unless the cup is in place.
Turn the machine on. Move the cup carefully up and down to thoroughly blend the ingredients together and to add air for froth. Keep the blade submerged at all times and monitor the blending of ingredients such as strawberries or candy bar morsels to ensure they are chopped fine enough to travel through a straw.
Turn the switch off. Tilt back the machine head and remove the cup. Pour the milkshake into a tall glass, using a spoon to ease it out of the cup.
Clean the milkshake maker after each use. Clean the spindle and blade by filling the cup with warm, soapy water and running the machine with the blade submerged. Rinse out the milkshake cup with fresh water. Rinse and wipe down the milkshake maker with a damp sponge.