We love homemade ice cream. In fact we only eat homemade. I just don’t like all the scary stuff that can be in store boughten ice cream(like antifreeze and food dye, ect) and my first solution to this problem was to buy organic ice cream. Well that’s expensive. One 1.75 qt of organic ice cream averages around $5- $6. One of our wedding gifts was an ice cream maker. It was just a little one, you put the whole bottom in the freezer then snapped on the top and added your recipe. It wasn’t very big and didn’t make too much at one time. We like to make homemade ice cream for company but it’s been hard since our ice cream maker was so small…..
And then I was introduced to this…
Isn’t it a beauty? Ok normally when I pick out a new kitchen appliance I don’t buy it because it’s pretty but it’s a perk. And I would be proud to have this little unit on my counter.
Unlike my little ice cream maker I had, the Cuisinart ICE-30BC has an insert that you stick in the freezer, instead of the whole thing. And the insert wasn’t any bigger than the little ice cream maker I had before, which I was glad for because normally I don’t have much extra freezer space! But even though the part you put in the freezer wasn’t any bigger than what I put in the freezer before, the Cuisinart holds a whole 2 quarts of ice cream. Almost double what my old ice cream maker did!
Last night we tested out the Cuisinart. I decided to make chocolate ice cream since I’ve been craving a little chocolate. Here’s the recipe I used:
- 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 3 1/4 c. cream
- 1 T vanilla
When you make homemade ice cream you want to mix together the ingredients first before you put them in the ice cream maker.
Here is the Cuisinart in action! Instead of having a central mixer like my old machine did, the whole middle part spun around. I think that had something to do with it freezing better and making a smoother ice cream.
The final product. Perfect, creamy chocolaty ice cream! It was so good!
Overall, I was impressed by the Cuisinart. It has some major differences than my older cheaper model(like the whole middle spinning around and overall larger maker) that I think made the difference in the better, creamier, smoother ice cream. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that when the ice cream was done, it was done. I learned that if you don’t take it out at the right time, it will make a big mess as it puffs over the top of the maker.
Thanks to Abe’s of Maine, one winner will get to have one of these awesome ice cream makers for your very own! And for those of you that are interested in purchasing one for your kitchen, you can check them out on the Abe’s of Maine website(and score free shipping!) Plus, if you haven’t checked it out before, Abe’s of Maine is a pretty cool site! They sell cameras, electronics, and all sorts of kitchen gadgets(many with free shipping which is always a plus!)
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(I’m a Savings.com DealPro, and I was given a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker to test for this review. All thoughts and opinions are always my own.)