This Kitchen Gadget Is The Best Thing I Bought This Summer

Ice Cream Maker

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!

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! :-)

Ice Cream Maker

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

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.

Ice Cream Maker

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!

Ice Cream Maker

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.

Ice Cream Maker

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? ;-)

Ice Cream Maker

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!

Ice Cream Maker

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.)

Ice Cream Maker

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?

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  • I have had an ice cream machine like this for about three or four years and we do enjoy the pleasure of making good homemade ice cream when ever we get the notion and have the ingredients. Sure beats what you buy at the super market! : )

  • My husband loves to make ice cream. We have a bucket type that sits on the porch or in the garage because it is loud. But he makes great ice cream with it. Any fruit flavors really have LOTS of flavor. I talked to him once about this model or one similar, he said it wasn’t big enough. H hasn’t made ice cream in over a year though because, as it has been said, it is a lot of work to use.

  • I also have an earlier(?) Cuisinart model with a plain white on/off base. My husband gave it to me along with an extra drum (a special package from Williams-Sonoma I think) for Christmas one year, probably after listening to me complain about how expensive store-bought ice cream was becoming. We had a “back porch” model which we used occasionally but the royal pain of crushing ice and babysitting for an hour or more made homemade ice cream impractical to make on a regular basis. Now I can’t remember the last time I bought ice cream at a store – don’t even know how much it costs now! I bought a copy of “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home” a short time later and have been using her recipes and formulations as a springboard ever since. Now that I only buy raw milk I’ve developed a recipe using this, and you certainly can’t buy raw ice cream at any store! The options for flavors and add-ins are nearly endless with homemade. Welcome to the club! :)

  • Darn It! – I came to look for how to clean my shower/tub and ended up with an ice cream maker. Talk about impulse buying. Very excited to get it, but now have to go clean.

  • I also have a Cuisinart that I love! Two simple recipes are orange cream that tastes like a Dreamcicle & chocolate that tastes like a Wendy’s Frosty. The orange makes two quarts, the chocolate makes about 3.5 so I just mix it all, but split it into two batches. I’ve made both this summer & my mother-in-love asked what my secret was. haha

    Orange Cream Dream

    1/3 cup. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (1 can will make about 4 batches of this ice cream, so measure out & freeze the rest)
    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    Sweet Cream Base:
    1⁄3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Sweet Cream Base:
    2 large eggs
    3⁄4 cup sugar
    2 cups heavy cream or 2 cups whipping cream
    1 cup milk

    Prepare the sweet cream base by whisking the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
    Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend. Add the juice concentrate and vanilla extract and blend. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer’s instructions.

    Chocolate Frosty:

    Half Gallon Chocolate Milk or Yoohoo Chocolate Drink
    8 oz. Cool Whip
    1 can sweetened condensed milk

    Mix well. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer’s instructions.

  • I have an older Cuisinart ice cream maker and I just today wrote the company about the machine since some ice cream freezes solid at the bottom of the bowl and the rest of the ingredients just sit there and does not form into ice cream.

    Jillee, I read a post about you making ice cream with three ingredients and you cautioned people to make sure the machine is on as you pour in the ingredients. Is that partly because the clear plastic lid does not not stay where it is supposed to? TY.

  • I thought of buying one but I have an 8 year old VitaMix that still works really well which makes great ice cream – milk or cream, some ice, flavoring…and it’s done in about 5 minutes. While VitaMix is an expensive option, other blenders that can effectively crush ice can achieve same result.

  • I have an older model and it is still working great. All that you say about this device is true! My only problem with it is it is hard to get all the ice cream off of the churn and the wall of the freezer bowl. It gets too hard on the walls and a regular rubber spatula doesn’t get it off. I think I’m doing something wrong, but not sure what. Still, I get a lot of ice cream from it and have some delicious recipes (Ben and Jerry have an old but wonderful little book of their recipes).

    • +You have to be really quick with bowl. I use a stiff, all in one spatula that has a thin, stiff edge. I don’t know what it is made of but imitates rubber I guess, they have them all over. No metal on it. I use a smaller one to get it off the churn part. I have the same brand and DH says it’s the best vanilla ice cream he’s ever had. I just use the recipe that came with the machine. :-)

    • I second the suggestion of the Ben and Jerry’s book. Great basic recipes and ideas for add-ins. Currently the fresh peach and the strawberry are favorites.

  • Thank you! I have a crappy Oster ice cream maker that nearly makes me swear when I use it so as soon as i save my shekels, I am going to get this one!

  • Good idea.. good investment.
    Especially as my ice cream maker only delivers a small amount… so never enough leftovers for the freezer haha. And often noisy motor gets stuck when cream is too tough…

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