Homemade ice cream was the summertime treat of my childhood, and it’s a tradition that I’ve continued for my own kids too. For decades, I got by with the help of an old bucket-style ice cream maker, which did get the job done (in its own noisy and messy way!)
But earlier this month, I decided to “treat” myself to a newer, more modern ice cream maker. And after using it frequently over the past several weeks, the only thing I regret is that I didn’t make the switch sooner!
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I’ve been enjoying my new ice cream maker so much that I couldn’t help but want to tell you about it today! If you’re looking to step up your ice cream game at home, there’s no doubt in my mind that this machine will help you reach new heights! :-)
Meet My New Ice Cream Maker
After looking at several models online, I decided on the Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker. The design is sleek, modern, and compact, any of which can rarely be said about an ice cream maker!
At around $140, it certainly wasn’t the cheapest option (especially considering that you can actually make ice cream at home without an ice cream maker.) But now that I’ve gotten the hang of using it, I honestly believe that it was worth every penny!
5 Things I Love About This Ice Cream Maker
1. It’s Powerful
One of the keys to making soft and fluffy is churning it properly. Properly churned ice cream has quite a bit of air in it, and you need a powerful motor to incorporate that air into the ice cream.
I’ve been very impressed with the power of the motor in this machine! My ice cream turns out lighter and fluffier than it ever did in my old one. The texture is amazing, and I like that it’s easier to scoop too!
3. It’s Quiet
If you’re worried that a powerful motor might mean that this ice cream maker also makes a lot of noise, never fear! This machine is actually much quieter than my old ice cream maker, which was so noisy that I only ever ran it in the garage or out on the porch.
This new ice cream maker doesn’t necessarily run silently, but the sound isn’t ever disruptive or distracting! I can run it right on my countertop without worrying about it being too noisy.
3. It’s Fast
Some ice cream makers take up to an hour to churn a batch of ice cream, but not this one! This one can have a batch of ice cream ready to go in just 20 minutes.
Suddenly making your own ice cream is sounding like a lot less work, isn’t it? ;-)
4. It’s Versatile
This machine doesn’t just make ice cream either. You can also use it to make frozen yogurt, gelato, or sorbet!
I’ve been making so much ice cream lately that I haven’t had a chance to experiment with these other frozen treats. But I’m looking forward to trying them out eventually!
5. It Makes A Lot At Once
In my opinion, if you’re going to make homemade ice cream, you might as well make a lot of it! And you can make up to 2 quarts of ice cream at once in this spacious machine.
I just cut my Mom’s recipe for fresh fruit ice cream in half, and that fits in this machine perfectly. You can also get an additional freezer bowl for this model to make it easier to make back-to-back batches! (I usually make peach, raspberry, or strawberry.)
So there’s the “scoop” about my new favorite kitchen gadget. If you’re as passionate about homemade ice cream as I am, adding this machine to your kitchen is a no-brainer! :-)
Do you ever make your own ice cream at home?