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Old 12-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good Ice Cream Maker? I see all kinds and don't know which is the best one. I saw one yesterday that has a gel pack that you put in the freezer so you don't have to fool with ice. It was not high priced so I didn't know if it was good or not. Is it better to go with Cuisinart or some name brand?

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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Can anyone recommend a good Ice Cream Maker? I see all kinds and don't know which is the best one. I saw one yesterday that has a gel pack that you put in the freezer so you don't have to fool with ice. It was not high priced so I didn't know if it was good or not. Is it better to go with Cuisinart or some name brand?
I had a nice one like that, can't remember the brand, but it was a bit high end...got it on a gift certificate I won. It worked fantastically, enough for 4 people and I could make ice cream on the counter, not play with ice, etc.

Unfortunately somebody needed it more than I did and it disappeared from work one night after a pot luck.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:52 AM   #3
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Mine is a Salton. It was very inexpensive, somewhere in the 30 to 40 dollar range. The freezing unit that has to be put in the freezer to get cold before use is about half the size of the drums used in many models. I love that because it doesn't take up so much space in my freezer. It takes about 20-30 minutes to make soft serve ice cream and then for harder ice cream you have to put the ice cream in the freezer for a few hours. It makes a quart of ice cream at a time. Since I only use it a few times a year I couldn't justify paying for a high end unit. I really enjoy the one I got and have had no trouble with it in several years of use. Oh, the instructions did not mention that the unit needed to be running while the ingredients were poured into it. So the first time I used it, it wouldn't turn because the stuff had frozen enough to keep it from operating. Once I figured out to get it turning before I put in the ingredients it worked great.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:59 AM   #4
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I had a nice one like that, can't remember the brand, but it was a bit high end...got it on a gift certificate I won. It worked fantastically, enough for 4 people and I could make ice cream on the counter, not play with ice, etc.

Unfortunately somebody needed it more than I did and it disappeared from work one night after a pot luck.
I have a Gaggia, it to disappeared but under better circumstance, my wife has hidden it till I get down to my target weight, all the doors leading to food are locked. I have just dropped her at the airport, she has placed enough food in one fridge to cover whilst she is away and made me swear I will not cheat.
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I love my Cuisinart. Best one I have ever used.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:11 AM   #8
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I have a Cuisinart. Here's a link: Amazon.com: Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice-Cream Maker, White: Kitchen & Dining

You should be able to buy it for around $40-$50.
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:22 PM   #9
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I had a nice one like that, can't remember the brand, but it was a bit high end...got it on a gift certificate I won. It worked fantastically, enough for 4 people and I could make ice cream on the counter, not play with ice, etc.

Unfortunately somebody needed it more than I did and it disappeared from work one night after a pot luck.
What a bummer! I can't believe someone you work with would do that.
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:25 PM   #10
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I have a Cuisinart. Here's a link: Amazon.com: Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice-Cream Maker, White: Kitchen & Dining

You should be able to buy it for around $40-$50.
The one I saw was at Tuesday Morning and cost $20 but would cost more at another store since they discount pretty well there. I wish I could remember the brand, I think Rival or some inexpensive brand in that range. I might go back and get it. For $20 it is worth a try I guess.

The one in your link is giving a price of $105.
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