Many newer models of ice cream machines are designed so that they come with at least one pre-heated box that has the capacity to hold at least twenty minutes of churn. The process is usually referred to as "frozen dessert compression." In this process the manufacturer's recommended ice cream mixture is placed inside the box and covered with a thick layer of plastic freezer paper. After twenty minutes have passed the machine is unplugged and the plastic freezer paper is removed. This is placed in a bowl and the frozen dessert mixture is placed in the freezer.
There are three basic types of ice cream machines. The most simple type has an open end similar to the design of a bottle of water. Once the machine is turned on it begins the spinning process. It takes approximately eight to ten minutes for the cream to be prepared.