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Old 01-10-2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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Question Home Ice Cream makers?

Does anyone have suggestions for a good ice cream maker? I'm hoping to find one that doesn't require ice - any thoughts?

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:14 PM   #2
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I have a thought but you probably will not like it.
Don't buy an ice cream maker that doesn't use ice.
I bought one and wound up throwing it away. It would not make ice cream that was firm enough for me (and it took forever). I did not spend a lot for it, so perhaps the expensive ones work better. If you like soft, mushy ice cream, give it a try. I'll stick to the old fashioned ice method.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
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Krups Ice Cream Maker

This is a great one - I use it all the time. It makes perfect ice cream - nice and creamy, and takes about 15-20 minutes. Make sure you freeze the ice cream bowl at least 24 hours or more before each use - I freeze it a minimum of 32 hours. Also, your freezer has to be at a minimum of 0 degrees. Any warmer and you won't have ideal results. (I test it with a freezer thermometer).

In addition, these types of ice cream makers produce ice cream that's on the soft side, so if you want it firmer, you need to freeze it further for a few hours. You can just leave it in its bowl or transfer it to an airtight container.
Amazon.com: Krups GVS142 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker: Home & Garden
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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I like my Cuisinart. It came with 2 bowls the bowls get frozen and stuck on top of the turning thing. (Yes that's the technical term!)
It stays frozen for quite awhile, making pretty firm ice cream.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #5
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There's gotta be a better way?

I know but I hate the ice method because I have to keep my freezer stocked up with ice or go to the store and buy some and with the frozen bowl ones, you have to plan ahead to make sure that the bowl is frozen for it to work or keep it in the freezer all the time. I've been looking at some that cool themselves. Does anyone have any experience with these? This is one that I have my eye on. It's a Whynter ice cream maker.




This seems like it might do the trick - no ice, no frozen bowl. Just plug it in and go. Usually, I get the urge to make ice cream and I want some instant gratification. Has anyone used one and how well did it work?
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:38 PM   #6
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SmokedChef:
Although you were the one that asked the question, I think you just answered mine.
The Whynter you mentioned sounds like what I've been looking for. Like you, the ice cream makers mentioned here that require you to put the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours in advance...is not what I'm after. I want ice cream now, not tomorrow.

Do you have any idea what the Whynter costs?
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:39 PM   #7
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I haven't used one but I like the idea. I have got an icecream maker that you need to freeze the bowl for. The icecream turns out well but I never have enough room in the freezer for the bowl!
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I have a ginormus freezer in the basement so thats just where I store the bowl. Then I'm good to go when I get a bug up my butt!
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:34 PM   #9
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I have the one that u have to freeze 24 hours also, It makes a great sorbet in about 1/2 hour. I should have bought the larger one.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:11 PM   #10
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I have the KA ice cream attachment. I think it makes great ice cream.
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