Written by adam on Aug 19, 2006
Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker
Countertop ice cream makers like this Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker have been taking over those old bucket models for the last 6 or 8 years, and it looks like there's no stopping them. For years, my wife and I had battled over our old wooden barrel model with much frustration and cussing, but we finally threw that one away.
These new countertop models do not use ice or rock salt, saving you money immediately upon purchase. Instead of using ice and rock salt to freeze the core as it mixes, the Cuisinart relies upon a bowl that is frozen solid ahead of time and then placed in the unit just before switching on. It's really quite ingenious. You'll see these models used on all sorts of cooking programs from Rachael Ray to Giada and even Iron Chef. It's a new wave of technology.
This particular Cuisinart Model is perfect for the average kitchen. It's white and has all the basics: 1.5 quart capacity, hiding cord, recipe book, and a spout that provides easy access to add ingredients. It's very quiet ... more quiet than a blender ... plus it makes a batch of ice cream in less than 30 minutes. There are recipes fresh fruit sorbets, frozen yogurt, as well as all your favorite ice cream.
If cuisinart is not your bag, then you might want to try this model from Rival. It's less expensive but holds the same amount. Methinks the Cuisinart price is paying for the cuisinart name.
Responses to "Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker" ...
I have the Cuisnart one and I agree, it is easy to use and a great value. I think the Rival one is shaped oddly and I worried about it fitting in the freezer as well as the Cuisinart.
I try not to go too crazy with lots of gadgets and appliances but this ice cream maker looks pretty compact. Having seen Ina Garten make many delicious ice cream flavors I am tempted to get a machine and play around with it. This model actually looks like I could store it in my little kitchen.
LL Bean has a camp ice cream maker that I'm getting to take to bbq competitions; you fill it with the ingredients, then put ice in the ball around it and toss it around for something like 20 minutes, and you get a pint of ice cream out of it.
First blush on this Cuisinart is that the old style make more ice cream, but if it only takes 30 minutes, you can double or triple up with less work, I'd bet!