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This is a fantastic ice cream maker that we bought some time ago. We do not use this machine as often as we probably should, but when we do you get truly perfect ice cream every time.
Our machine only cost us £40 which I thought to be very cheap for what it was. The machine is white in color and very easy to use.
I think appliances like this one are important, especially for houses with children, simply because this is something te kids could take part in. I believe that if children learn to do something like this and get a treat at the end of it, they learn better, That is what we did with our children!
The ice cream maker can be used to make a hole host of ice cream flavors. Our favorites have got to be cinder toffee and caramel. The best thing is you can make whatever flavor that takes your fancy. There is an instruction guide on how to make the ice cream properly, but i have always found that experimenting and finding your own recipe is the best way to make the ice cream your own.
Another helpful tip is to use fresh fruit. Canned fruit is ok but to really get fluffy and lush ice cream you should use real fruit. The best one to use is mango, it works really well with the ice cream and keeps really well too. The ice cream does take awhile to make, but it is really worth your efforts in the end.
All in all i think that people should buy a device like this instead of buying pre made ice cream. I think it is more fun to make your own and works out much much cheaper in the long run, as is most things that you can make yourself!
At such a keen price I was a little dubious about buying this machine, but given the reviews, my love of ice cream and now having tasted more than one flavour I definitely made a wise decision to buy it.
Having small children the benefits of an ice cream maker is that not only can you make the families favourite flavours on demand but you know exactly what's in it. For those naughty treats there is a space in the lid for pouring in the mix that you can add extras through just before its ready (my favourite is smarties).
So not only does it do ice cream but sorbets, frozen yogurts, ices and gelato and its ready in 20-30 minutes so you can put it on while you eat dinner. The only thing you need to consider is that the bowl does need to be frozen for 24 hours prior to using it so what we've done is buy a second one too.
As for cleaning it's been well designed with only 3 main parts, a clear plastic top, insulated bowl for keeping the frozen bowl cold while mixing and a paddle to do the mixing itself, really simple.
So we know what our favourite flavours are but if you fancy trying a few different or unusual ideas the machine comes with its own recipe book. It even has a recipe for tea ice cream, maybe one to try for those tea drinkers out there.
The bowl you need to freeze is not that large and I found it fits just right in the small bottom draw in my freezer, keeping the other in the second chest freezer in the garage.
Just one last thing, a little tip if you use the ice cream as soon as its done its like soft whip but if you freeze it a little you can scoop it out, perfect!
Go on get one.
When I first saw one of these, I instantly wanted one, no: I needed one: I'd only ever attempted to make ice-cream once before without an ice-cream maker, and let's just say it was more than awkward, and less than successful. I got ice-cream, sort of, but I had to stir it, freeze it, stir again, freeze again, stir some more... you get the idea. And the final product was nothing like a tub of ice-cream you'd buy in the supermarket or at Ben & Jerry's, for example. It was full of lumps of pure ice, creamy parts that were cold, but still essentially liquid, and it hadn't combined the ingredients much at all, just produced a big sloppy mess! I still ate it all though; how could I not?! I'm an ice-cream fanatic, but it had left much to be desired. There's nothing like proper, home-made ice-cream, and 'this' was definitely nothing like proper, home-made ice-cream!
Thus the necessity for an ice-cream maker arose, and retailing for only £24.50, the Kenwood IM200 seemed perfect.
It works great; exactly as it should, provided you follow the instructions to the letter. The only real downfall is the need for planning; the bowl needs to be frozen for at least 24 hours prior to ice-cream making, and it's not often that I think "Oh, I really want to make ice-cream, tomorrow..." If I want it, I tend to want to start there and then, and there's simply no fast-track way for me to do this. This isn't too much of a problem, really, and it certainly beats paying up to £200 for a professional one that'll freeze and churn and not need any input from you at all. There's the option of keeping the bowl in the freezer all the time (this appears in the hints section of the instruction manual; also keep in upright position too because of the freezing fluids inside the bowl), but it does take up some space, and I tend to fill my freezer to bursting anyway, without adding an empty bowl to the mix.
But enough of that; you want to hear what it's like to use, not about the contents of my freezer. It comes with a manual, with instructions for safety, use, cleaning and it does have a fair bunch of decent recipes with it to get you started. You simply put in the ingredients (whilst the paddle's already moving!) and let it do what it does best; churn. It comes out with pretty good ice-cream, though I recommend freezing the finished product for a couple of hours to firm it up again, unless you prefer your ice-cream/sorbet soft like a Mr Whippy!
My favourite recipe from the manual has to be the Chocolate Mint Ice-cream, though the easiest is probably the Banana flavour (I would say strawberry, but if you want to get all the seeds out, straining the puree can be somewhat annoying). You can also search online for endless variations of ice-cream and sorbet recipes; so many that you'll be spoilt for choice, in fact.
It's great for smaller families, as it only produces about 500-700 ml of ice-cream at a time (The manual says 1.1 litre. Don't trust this: if you try to make this much, your paddle will inevitably jam, your motor will probably overheat, and you'll get only become paranoid that it's going to break and end up staring at it for the entire 30-40 minute process... or is that just me?). If you're a regular party-planner though, the size of the bowl could mean you have to prepare your ice-cream in batches rather than all in one go, which could prove time-consuming. But don't be put off: once the ingredients are in, you can just leave it to work its magic and get on with something else. It only really needs watching for the last 5-10 minutes or so, and your finished product will be so much tastier than anything you could get at the shops!
You know when your ice-cream is ready because as the mixture gets thicker, the motor begins to show signs of a struggle; and then, all of a sudden, the paddle will change direction. Don't worry, this is normal. If the paddle starts changing direction back and forth, it probably means your ice-cream is ready, or as ready as it will ever be. I do think Kenwood could have come up with a better way to let you know it's done, but this works, so I can't complain really.
Thankfully, I found that cleaning the Kenwood isn't a problem in the slightest. You can't put it in the dishwasher, but as there's only two parts that need cleaning (three if you're messy like me and get it all over the clear plastic lid!), it's just quick and simple. The paddle can be washed just like any other utensil in your kitchen, the lid can be wiped down with a damp cloth and the bowl cleans easily once left to defrost, but there are instructions for this in the manual. I've not had any difficulties or grumbles, and I hate washing up with a passion.
It's lasted well, though probably because I don't use it as much as I'd like to; provided you don't use metal utensils to scrape your ice-cream out (mentioned in the manual), or toss it about the kitchen like nobody's business, it should maintain a state of decent repair for a fairly long time.
A couple of tips that I've found over the times I have used it: I recommend removing the bowl from the freezer about 20 minutes or so before starting, especially if you leave it in all the time, as the mixture tends to freeze solid to the sides before the paddle is able to mix it all up. This will make the paddle jam a fair bit, and maybe even overheat the motor (whilst it's a good little motor, it's not designed to cope with any jamming, etc.).
Also, you may find that if you re-freeze the ice-cream, rather than eating the lot in one go (yes, this did happen to me, believe it or not! I did manage to leave some...), it turns rock solid, and you can't scoop it properly. A quick internet search led me to two solutions, one of which I prefer for reasons that will soon become apparent. Add a few teaspoons of alcohol, whether this is something like wine or brandy for the taste, or vodka if you just need the softer scoop. The idea behind it is that the alcohol will inhibit the freezing process slightly, thus giving you your softer scoop. Just don't add too much or you'll end up with some sloppy smoothie-type substance that just has to be drunk! Or if you'd prefer not to use alcohol, apparently ¼ - ½ teaspoons of glycerine added to the mixture will do the same job; but that's just not quite as fun, is it!
Personally, I don't use it too often, as it takes too much forethought for me, to freeze the bowl a whole day before wanting ice-cream. However, I'd recommend it to anyone who loves ice-cream but doesn't mind this planning ahead; it does create delicious, thick and creamy ice-cream without all of the hassle, but I simply think my lifestyle and I are too spontaneous to get the use from it that it fully deserves.
Why I bought it
I bought this ice cream maker for my youngest daughter last year. She had seen some adverts on telly for a childrens ice cream maker and I personally thought looked cheap and nasty and was battery operated. I saw this kenwood one in the Argos sale and was about £10 more than the one she wanted but I thought would be better quality and last longer, also being mains operated would be cheaper to run.
Its no longer is the Argos catalogue but I think I spent over £30 but it is retailing at £24.99 on Amazon including delivery.
What does it look like
It comes in sections, The first is the base, plastic covered metal bowl. This is placed in the freezer at least 24 hours prior to use.Then the clear plastic top, with a hole for inserting the ingredients, it has a motor that slots into the top (easily removed for washing) and then a stick that inserts inside the motor in order to turn, and the paddle attaches to this and this is what churns the ice cream.
It comes with a recipe book with several nice ice cream and sorbet recipes. I also bought an ice cream making recipe book to go with this present for a couple of pound, but the accompanying book would be good enough to start with. Out of the kenwood recipe book was vanilla custard ice cream, sounds disgusting, tastes unbelievable gorgeous!
How to make
Most recipes are easy to make from the contents of your cupboards, although a lot feature large volumes of cream (which I don't stock). You mix the incredients together and it also generally involves cooking them slowly, then leaving to cool before pouring into the Ice cream make. We got into the habit of preparing and leaving to cool in the fridge and then pouring into the maker as we sat down to eat our dinner as it took 30-45 minutes to freeze.
The Ice cream
The ice cream albeit more expensive in ingredients, is absolutely gorgeous. Although you can only make so much at a time so if having guests, I would give everyone a scoop of HM ice cream and something else as it didn't go round enough to just have ice cream. My daughter loves being in charge of making the "pudding" if we are having guests
Would I recommend
The negative (and its a biggy) I noticed that my ice cream maker no longer freezes very well, no matter how long I put in the freezer. I've tried almost semi-freezing the ice cream liquid but it never quite freezes it enough in the maker. So it ends up going in the freezer to finish off. Therefore despite heavenly gorgeous ice cream, Im awarding a 3 DOO YOO score
If you like ice-cream this is a good investment.
It costs around £20 from Amazon or do a Google search.
It comes in 3 parts, plastic top with the electrics in, insulated bottom bowl for mixing and a paddle to whisk the ice cream.
It makes about a litre of ice cream in around 30 minutes depending what ingredients you are using.
It comes with a recipe booklet with an interesting ice-cream with bread in it - I haven't tried this yet. Theres also 'real ice-cream' with eggs in, yoghurt ice-cream, sorbets and lower fat deserts.
The main benefit is that you know exactly what is going into your chosen dessert without additives and all those E number things and preservatives.
The benefits of owning an ice-cream maker is that you can decide what flavour ice-cream you would like and make up a batch while you eat your dinner and it will be ready when you are. Theres a spout on the lid so you can add ingredients if you wish. I like to add real chopped fruit or crumbled Crunchie. You could add anything that takes your fancy or you have in.
I may be boring but its quite satisfying to watch your own ice-cream develop and it is really delicious. There's something special about making your own desserts.
It is a soft ice-cream so can be scooped onto a cornet or whatever or you can freeze it in a container for a firmer ice-cream. It keeps well in the freezer - if it lasts that long.
The downside to this one and probably most ice-cream makers is that the bowl needs to be frozen for 24 hours before using, or kept in the freezer for impulse making.
This bowl does not fit in my indoor freezer with shelves. I have a chest freezer in the shed and it lives in there. You should check the dimensions of your freezer shelves/baskets to see if it will fit in before buying. It sounds a bit daft but don't lose the paddle bit as they cost about £7 to replace which is a lot for a £20 machine.
My grandchildren love being able to make their own ice-cream when they visit (we have a rule that they take turns choosing flavours as you cannot make a tiny bit for one person etc) but do bear in mind that not only is it the cost of the machine but of course the cream or whatever you are using. Look for reduced creams to make your ice-cream for moneysaving and make and freeze when you can get it cheap if necessary.
Not an essential item but a good one to own.
==SWEET TOOTH & MY SEARCH FOR AN ICE CREAM MAKER==
I think I was born with a sweet tooth! I am definitely a sucker for sweet things, whether it is cakes, chocolates, mousses, jelly sweets or even ice creams I am more than ready to gulp them down. Of course I am a little bit weight conscious too so I have to reduce my calories intake accordingly, however we all need a treat now and again and Ice cream is something that is always able to put a huge smile on my face, and of course there low fat options to cater for health conscious individuals like myself.
I use to buy ice cream tubs from my local supermarket at a weekly basis, however due to the increasingly high priced brands of ice cream dominating the freezer section and the mystery surrounding the inclusion of artificial flavours and preservatives in the ingredients I decided to instead invest in an ice cream maker. I found that the Kenwood IM200 Ice Cream Maker was a good choice, mainly being a well-known brand and having owned other Kenwood branded items I was fairly pleased with their performance.
I purchased mine from Argos at around £25 which in my opinion is a great price for a simple ice cream maker. There are other more expensive ones, but for me this was ideal as I just wanted an easy to use and simple machine.
==USING THE MACHINE==
First off the bowl that comes with the machine need to be removed and placed in the freezer for twenty four hours before it can be used to make ice cream. I know that some might find this a bit annoying, having to place it back in the freezer the night before every time you want to use it. However for me it was not a big issue, as I just keep it in the freezer all the time, so when ever I want to make ice cream I just pop it out the freezer and off I go.
The actual machine has a plastic lid that can be easily removed and then attached to the motor component using small attachments. This again is fairly simple to do, and after one go it will be like riding a bike. I like the removable aspect, as it made the components easy to remove when they needed a wash. Beneath the plastic lid is the mixing paddle, and is easily visible through the plastic tube shaped lid.
Before turning on the machine it is a good idea to have a recipe at hand, some of my favourites include vanilla ice cream with bits of strawberries and choc chip ice cream. A great advantage is that he machine comes with a recipe book, so there a few ideas there to start you off if you have trouble thinking of something. The machine can also make sorbets and frozen yogurts, making it a great versatile machine. There is a selection of recipes to try in the booklet that comes with the ice cream maker, though I quite like to make my own recipes up.
The switch is located on the motor and is easily visible, all that is needed is a little push of the switch and the motor is triggered. Once the machine is switched on, place the ice cream mixture through the tube so that it fills up the frozen bowl, however it is worth noting not to over fill the 1.1 litre capacity, as its worth remembering that the ice cream will thicken and it is important to leave some room at the top for this.
I sometimes use a wooden spoon to help push the mixture through the tube just to ensure there are no messy bits hanging off the lid. Once it is switched on and the mixing tool is combining the mixture, it usually takes around 25 minutes. You can usually tell when the mixture is ready to put in the freezer as the machine will start to sound different and the machine will become slower. Visually it is also easy to tell if the consistency has become thicker and ready to freeze due to the see through plastic lid.
I personally love eating the ice cream straight out of the bowl and when it is nice and soft and creamy, it reminds of the ice creams I use to have from Ikea! If you prefer a solid consistency then all that is needed is to pour the ice cream into a plastic container and pop it into the freezer section of the fridge for a couple of hours. It really is that simple, it takes literally three easy steps to make ice cream; attach components to machine, add mixture, then pour out ice cream.
The washing up after any cooking can be a nightmare, but thankfully it is really easy to do thanks to the removable lid and mixing tool. All I needed to do is rinse the bowl with warm water and light scrubbing and the mixture was easily removed.
The great compact size allows the bowl to fit into the freezer without taking up too much room. It makes enough ice cream to feed a small family, but can always remake more if need to feed a larger family.
==ONE OF MY FAVOURITE RECIPES==
One of my favourite chocolate chip mint recipe taken from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com
1- Put the chocolate in a plastic bag, seal and freeze for at least 30 mins. Bash the frozen chocolate with a rolling pin.
2- Pour the milk and cream into a pan, add the vanilla pod, adding the seeds into the mixture. Heat the creamy milk, stirring occasionally, until almost boiling. Add the mint leaves and stalks, cover with a lid, and leave for 15 mins.
3- Strain the liquid, pressing the mint with a spatula to extract maximum flavour. Discard the leaves and stalks, and scoop out the vanilla pod.
4- Whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until thick and pale - about 5 mins if you are using an electric whisk. Return the minty cream to a clean pan and bring back to almost boiling.
5- Pour half the hot liquid onto the egg and sugar mixture, whisking to combine everything before adding the remaining liquid. Return the custard to the rinsed-out pan and cook over a low heat, stirring all the time, until lightly thickened - about 3-4 mins. Take care it doesn't get too hot or it may curdle. Strain the custard into a bowl and leave to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin forming. Chill the custard until really cold - it's a good idea to leave it overnight.
6. Churn the custard in an ice-cream machine until frozen. Add the chocolate pieces just before it sets. Leave to soften in the fridge for 20-30 mins.
I do not own this Recipe it is taken from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com and search fresh mint and choc chip ice cream.
Overall this is great ice cream maker that has produces delicious creamy ice cream that tastes even better than the branded ice creams. It has saved me a lot of money, reducing the amount I spend on Ben & Jerry ice creams. It is very easy to clean and extremely simple to use. The best thing about this that is basically does all the work for you and doesn't even take that long to make. I am very happy that I purchased this ice cream maker for only £25, but I would happily pay extra for it if it ever goes up in price it is that good!
I bought this ice cream maker as a birthday present for my husband and he was absolutely delighted with it! As there are only the two of us I thought a 1.1 litre ice cream maker would be big enough, and I didn't want to spend too much on something that wasn't really a necessity so this seemed like the perfect choice. I was very impressed with the small booklet that was in the box, which had plenty of recipes (healthy and not so healthy!) for us to try. Fortunately I read the instructions before wrapping it up, as the bowl which the ice cream mix goes into has to be kept in the freezer for at least 24 hours before use. The ice cream mix should then become solid whilst it is being churned in the bowl without needing to go into the freezer.
It took a couple of attempts to get used to using this - we found it quite difficult to get the ice cream to the right consistency. On the first attempt it froze quickly but became quite solid and difficult to get out of the bowl, and once it had been left in the freezer overnight it was almost impossible to scoop. The second time we added a little alcohol to the mixture, which meant that the mix took longer to freeze (and didn't become solid) but was much easier to scoop and just as tasty.
We have occasionally had a problem with the churning blade becoming stuck in the mixture, although I presume this is more to do with the mix not being quite right as the blade moves freely when the mixture is removed. My biggest problem with this appliance is the room that it takes up. Although it is only a small bowl it only just fits into the biggest freezer drawer that we have, which means that when we are using it there is not much room in the freezer for anything else, and it becomes a little difficult to close the drawer.
Whilst it does take some practise to get the mixture to the right consistency and it probably doesn't work out much cheaper than buying a tub of ready made ice cream once you have bought all the ingredients, it is incredibly fun to use and we love that you can choose your ingredients - so far we have experimented with milk chocolate, white chocolate, baileys and maltesers!
I bought this ice cream machine in March and haven't looked back since!
The machine is a great little gadget for making your own ice cream/frozen yoghurt. The machine comes in 2 main parts: The bowl which has to be frozen in order to then freeze the ice cream itself, and the top section which houses the motor and is where you attach the mixing paddle to.
This machine allows you to create your own ice cream either creating your own recipe's or following others. I would recommend buying a little recipe book, just to get you started until you have the confidence to strike out on your own and be creative.
The machine, like most Kenwood products, is fairly sturdy and I am not worried about having to replace it anytime soon. However, be VERY careful to make sure that the machine is switched on and mixing, BEFORE you add your mixture.
Otherwise what happens, is the mixture freezes solid and snaps the paddle off, because it blocks the paddle from moving around.
The ice cream, may be rather soft when you first remove it from the machine. Some people love this, which is great. I find I like mine to have a little more bite to it, so I like to stick the mixture in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving. Something to bare in mind if you are making ice cream for guests.
Its madness in my house at the best of times with my two young children at that age where they are getting a little bigger and are loud and crazy all day long. But when the ice cream man comes driving by and they hear that old familiar tune I have no other option but to go get my purse out. Keep in mind the ice cream man come by every day and I have two little ones you will understand it was costing me a small fortune.
That was until I invested in a kenwood ice cream maker which has been one of my best investments to date. Now when the ice cream man comes driving by I make them one instead its genius.
This product can't be used straight away you bring it home as it needs 24 hours in the freezer for the base to freeze,this should be no problem as you can leave it in the freezer and use it at will from then on.
Kenwood offers reliable goods and at the average price of 20 pounds this is value for your money,its perfect for making sorbets,frozen yogurts and soft lovely ice cream that everyone will love.
It comes with a recipe book that gives some delicious ideas of ice creams and other things you can prepare,walking you through with step by step instructions.
Ice creams take about 25 mins once prepared before ready to eat why the appliance itself is easy to clean when warmed and scrubbed with hot water. Overall a real 'ice' breaker
I'm a beginner to this site but most of my reviews so far have been appliances; I adore kitchen gadgets.
I also adore home-made ice cream but it is a lot of effort to make. This product takes all of the hassle out of ice cream making, just leaving the enjoyment.
The process is simple, easy to do & explained in the accompanying book. The only disadvantage is that the bowl with which you place in the machine has to be frozen for 24hrs ahead, but if you plan ahead & manage your eagerness to make ice cream once you've bought this item, its hardly inconvenient.
There are recipes but with Google at our finger-tips, you're a click away from a glutton of recipes/ideas.
This product is easy to clean, has a reasonable sized power cable so doesn't strictly have to occupy the space in front of a power-source but there is only so much ice cream one can make. I guess it could be classed as a novel item but I do use it once I know people are coming over or the weather is supposed to be hot (ha, in Britain). I have, however, always got a vanilla in the freezer because it goes with most desserts.
Not a must have but advisable for foodies/ice cream enthusiasts.
What girl doesn't like ice cream? I'm crazy about the stuff but I don't like cheap ice cream that is more milk than cream and is highly whipped until it is fluffy rather than the luxurious high end ice creams available that melt seductively and taste like heaven.
The problem with those luxury ice creams is that they come with a luxury price tag to match. So when I spotted this ice cream maker in our kitchen I said why not give it a go.
Firstly this is made by Kenwood a great name when it comes to all things kitchen related. I thought I would just have to plug it in, add the ingredients and start making ice cream but sadly that was not the case. I had to pop the interior bowl into the freezer for a full twenty four hours. Now that was a real disappointment. I had the ingredients ready to go after getting a recipe off the Internet and then I find out I have to wait an entire day before I could make it. Anyway do remember this if you are getting one of these. The bowl that has to go into the freezer is plastic on the outside but silver metal on the inside and it felt like it had some kind of liquid in between the two layers.
The following day I removed the bowl from the freezer using oven gloves as I didn't want to risk getting my skin stuck to the incredibly cold interior of the bowl. This section then slots in to the base of the ice cream maker and I then attached the paddle to the lid. The bottom part has all the electrics and that is where the power cable comes out from. The cable is reasonably long for such an appliance but you will need to be near to the power outlet.
There are different ways of making ice cream but they all start with a custard base. Instructions of which are included with the maker or for a huge list of recipes just google it. Once the base is made and I have added whatever flavouring I would like, I just simply pour this mixture into the bowl section that I had previously had in the freezer and then pop on the lid and flick the switch. It really is that simple, if it wasn't for the stupid freezing of the bowl this would take no time at all to prepare. Once the switch is filcked the paddle starts to turn, churning the contents inside and ensuring a smooth end result.
Then after thirty to forty minutes the contents of the maker need to be transferred from the bowl into some containers or just one large one there will be one litre of ice cream. And then it goes back into the freezer (I'm beginning to hate that freezer, I want my ice cream). While it's chilling I clean up after myself apart from the bowl and things I used to make the mix the bowl that I had in the freezer washes up very easily in warm soapy water along with the paddle too. The other parts just need a good wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
But now for the all important part, the ice cream. I have one word for you with lots of letters in it Mmmmmmmmmmm. It is so yummy, it tastes too good actually and knowing that I can make it whenever I want is a very dangerous thing for a girl who wants to keep her figure. It is luscious, thick, silky smooth and you can make any verity you like.
This only cost under thirty pounds and you could easily spend that on ice cream especially those over priced ones that this tastes exactly like.
If you like ice cream then you're going to love this.
I bought this as part of my fiancee's birthday gift last year (incidentally, the other part of the gift was an engagement ring). She was thrilled, and we've used it several times since.
It cost about £20, which is very reasonable, and is so easy to use. Out of the box you place the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours, then when you've prepared your ice cream recipe, assemble the machine, switch it machine on, and pour it into the machine as it churns. Ice cream is ready in about 15-20 minutes.
It may seem a bit of a hassle to have to chill the base for so long, but I haven't found it to be. I'm not one to be making ice cream on a whim, so it's no problem for me to prepare the day before. Please remember to stick to the advice, and chill the base for at least the recommended 24 hours. Any less and you're playing with mush.
Given the differential in price between this and posher machines, I can certainly live with such a drawback. So can my other half. Essentially this ice cream maker does the basic job well, meaning that the quality of your ice cream comes down to the recipe, which leaves a lot of room for experimentation. Handily, the machine comes with a few suggested recipes too, so no need to rush to Google in a panic straight away.
Keep in mind that the machine is relatively loud, but not to the extent that you have to shout over it. You're aware of it, but it's not particularly unpleasant. Be wary also of the size 1.1L (produces about 1L, in reality), and make sure it's not too small for your needs. Perfectly suited to a couple or a small group.
I've always been a fan of doing some cooking as and when time allows, and in addition am a big fan of gadgets. As a result a couple of years ago as a Christmas present, my wife bought me an ice cream maker, and the model she chose was the IM200 from Kenwood.
As it was a present, I don't know how much was paid for it at the time, but it's still available on the high street from places such as Currys for around the £25 mark, and cheaper still in the usual places on the Internet. As you can see this isn't an expensive piece of kit, and as a result doesn't have any fancy options, but Kenwood are a well-respected and big brand so how does it perform as a basic ice cream maker?
Well firstly the appearance of the unit is reasonably standard as far as small ice cream makers go. The base of the unit is rather heavy and is basically a bowl, with a capacity of 0.8 litres. This is the bowl in which your ice cream sets, and as such is filled internally with a solution that gets very cold indeed. The unit should be stored in a freezer unit for at least 24 hours prior to use, however as I had made the space, I generally stored the bowl in the freezer on a permanent basis so it was ready for use whenever it was needed. The top of the unit consists of a plastic churning blade that isn't sharp at all, and to be fair isn't the most sturdy of designs. It simply plugs into the electrical top section, which is made of plastic, with a hole to pour in the ice cream mixture, and a small button to turn the machine on and off, as well as a small red LED power light. It's not especially stylish in any way, however it is reasonably cheap and as a result looks the part.
The instruction booklet provided with the unit isn't the best to be fair, however there is very little to making the ice cream, simply add the mixture and churn! A guide on how to assemble the unit is provided in diagrammatical form, as well as lots of safety information, generally along the lines of don't electrocute yourself! There is also cleaning information provided which is very useful to take note of, as the unit should be left to warm up before cleaning to prevent soapy water sticking to the cold surface. There are also a couple of basic recipes in the booklet for you to try out, however as my wife also bought me an ice cream recipe book I haven't tried the ones provided so can't really comment further on them.
The main question her is does it make nice ice cream? Well I would have to say on the whole the answer is yes. You simply make your base for the ice cream, which can be done many different ways, and then add straight into the unit when removed from the freezer. It takes me approximately 30-40 minutes of churning for the ice cream to be ready, at which point it is of a soft scoop consistency. If you leave it any longer the bowl will start to lose its cool quite literally and the ice cream will start to melt. If you want a firmer ice cream, then it can be added at this point to a storage vessel and placed into the freezer to firm up. I personally prefer it quite soft and am also slightly impatient, so generally just eat it straight after churning.
It should be noted that due to the small capacity of the unit, you can't make massive batches of ice cream, and as a result it does make the use of it quite expensive due to the economies of scale when using your ingredients. This doesn't put me off too much however as the improved taste of creating your own ice creams more than makes up for the increased costs, and you also know exactly what you are putting into your ice creams, so no stabilisers, additives or any other potential unknowns.
I have developed a few personal favourites after using the unit for a while, and my most made thing would have to be an orange sorbet. This is wonderfully easy to make and done my way gives it more of a slush puppy type of taste and consistency. I simply boil equal amounts of water and sugar in a pan for a minute or two and allow cooling, preferably in the fridge to make it cold before churning. Whilst cooling I juice several oranges, and a lemon which gives you a concentrated juice. When I am ready to start, you simply combine the two liquids and churn. You can add a couple of egg whites at this stage to give it the more familiar sorbet texture, but am I'm not a big fan of eggs, I leave this out, and look forward to enjoying a wonderfully refreshing concentrated orangey ice.
I also quite like a vanilla fudge ice cream which is takes slightly more preparation time, but is worth it. Simply follow a recipe to make vanilla custard. You really should use proper vanilla pods here - I know they are expensive, but the improved taste makes them worthwhile. After you have made the custard, again allow cooling, add some fudge pieces and churn. You will be left with a soft indulgent ice cream, but you will have to give it a good stir, as the fudge may sink to the bottom. Any left-overs can be stored in the fridge, but as I said its only a small capacity so you will generally eat it all! One more tip I would give here is to remember that when things freeze they generally expand, so always allow some extra room in the bowl before churning to prevent it from expanding up and going all over the place.
So to sum this one up I would have to say that the Kenwood IM200 ice cream maker is certainly worthy of serious consideration if you are considering trying out making your own ice cream and don't want to spend too much money doing it. It does the job it is designed to do, with no fancy add ons, and does that job well. There is one little caveat to add here and that is my unit has very recently stopped working. I will knock one star off for this, but it has given a good period of service and for a reasonably cheap unit, I don't really expect a massive lifespan. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those new to the joys of making ice cream at home.
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We bought this Kenwood ice cream maker because we love ice cream, wanted to have a go at making our own and didn't want to spend too much money. We bought ours from Amazon.co.uk for £29.99, which I think is quite reasonable. There are only 3 of us in the house so I didn't think that we needed anything bigger than this, which has a 1.1 litre capacity. To be honest it isn't often we eat more than a litre of ice cream at any one time.
This ice cream maker is really easy to use, you have to make sure that the pan has been in the freezer for 24 hours before you can make ice cream. Then you can make up any of the recipes that are in the accompanying book or just wing it and make your own combination of ingredients. I agree with a previous reviewer that if you like the combination of a few ingredients then they will probably make a really tasty ice cream.
The whole process takes around 30 minutes and you know the mixture is done when the paddle is struggling to mix the ice cream. Then you can either eat the ice cream in it's soft Mr Whippy style state or pour it into a container and freeze it for a couple of hours to get a harder ice cream.
In terms of cleaning, everything comes apart and cleans reasonably easily, although I don't use the dishwasher.
All in all a great little ice cream maker that means we are no longer a slave to Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Daaz!
This Is an excellent product , i wont say it's the best because im sure it isn't but my local hardware shop was closing down so got in their and get this at 70% off ! To be honest it's pretty much the same as any other ice cream mixer , you put in your home made mixture and BAM it turns into ice cream. It is a very simple process but good luck trying to do it by hand ! It stirs continuously until ready and makes ice cream making fun simple and easy.
The vanilla recipe supplied is an absolute godsend is is one of the nicest ice creams i have ever tasted , however i think it works better if you beat the egg custard with a teaspoon of cornflower to help thicken it up a little bit. Try to whip the cream before combining the two mixes. The mix makes a amazingly smooth and rich ice cream and its simply head and shoulders above any other ice cream you can buy in a supermarket. You can make any kind of ice and use any of many recipes in the book , im pretty certain you'll never buy Ice cream again seeing as the machine makes such lovely ice cream , ive had some problems with other Kenwood products but this one is top class and i cant see any fault with it. This normally retails at £30-£35 but seeing as at my local hardware shop that was shutting down it was only £12 ( originally £40 ) i had to get it ! i would still pay £40 for it though , a smashing product.
The Kenwood IM200 Ice Cream Maker allows you to use your own ingredients and recipes to make homemade ice cream sorbet or frozen yoghurt--and it will be ready in just 25-40 minutes. The IM200 keeps the mixture moving while it freezes which is the secret of smooth ice cream. It makes up to 1.1 litres per freeze and its wider feed tube allows you to add ingredients during the freezing process. This ice cream maker has a double-insulated freezer canister that can be kept in your freezer ready for use. The bowl should be placed in the freezer 24 hours in advance and can be cleaned once at room temperature with a cloth and warm water.