I finally invested in a commercial grade ice cream maker. It is one that does not require pre-freezing of the canister before use. After reading a bunch of reviews I decided on the Cuisinart Supreme. Being the somewhat frugal person that I can be I checked out all the pricing including possibilities on Ebay and found that Amazon.com was seeing a new appliance for only about $25 more than used or refurbished. Thanks Amazon!
Nick and I tried it out for the first time this week using Alton Brown's recipe for chocolate ice cream.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/chocolate-ice-cream-recipe/index.htmlI only had 1 spoonful but I will tell you it was better than Ben & Jerry's. Now I just have to figure out how to make NY Super Fudge Chunk.