Product Type: Kenwood ice cream makers
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Nothing Beats The Taste Of Homemade Ice Cream!
Kenwood IM 200 Ice Cream Maker
Member Name: miffy1
Kenwood IM 200 Ice Cream Maker
Advantages: Makes 2 pints of lovely ice cream in about 20 minutes
Disadvantages: You have to start your recipe a day ahead and freeze the bowl in advance.
I've been making my own ice cream for years, since it really does taste better than commercial ice cream, but also because I have an intollerance to eggs, so a lot of bought ice cream is no good for me. It use to be the case that when you made your own ice cream it would take hours to freeze, as you had to keep beating it every so often to get the right consistancy, but a few years back my hubby bought me an ice cream maker and it made the process so much easier.
This particular ice cream maker is the second one I have owned and I think it's the best of the less expensive ones that you can buy.
The bowl is designed to be pre-frozen, and it does really need to be put in the freezer overnight for it to be effective. I usually keep my bowl in the freezer permanently, wrapped in a plastic bag so that it's ready to use whenever I need it. The plastic funnel-top comes off quite easily and fits round the motor part with small clips. The paddle is attached through the plastic funnel. It is very easy to assemble and take apart to clean. Obviously you cannot immerse the motor part in water, but the rest is easy to hand wash, though I never put the parts in the dishwasher as I am not sure they would be OK to wash like that.
On the top of the motor part there is a rocker switch which turns the machine on and off. All you need to do is make your ice cream recipe (plan to start it off the evening before to allow it to get really cold in the fridge) then switch on the machine with the paddle in place and pour the mixture through the funnel into the frozen bowl and let it churn for about 20 minutes. The ice cream starts to freeze and thicken and when it gets really thick and frozen you hear the sound of the engine change and sometimes the paddle gets stuck. That it when to take the ice cream out and put it into a container that you can keep in the freezer. If you want soft ice cream you can eat it straight from the ice cream maker, or for a more firm ice cream freeze it for a couple of hours. It will freeze quite solid, so you have to remember to let the box of ice cream stand to defrost slightly before serving if it comes straight from the freezer. The bowl is cleaned by rinsing under warm running water. I never immerse the whole thing in water, but it does clean up very easily like that. Wipe it out with kitchen paper and refreeze for next time.
As well as ice cream you can also make frozen yogurts and sorbets and they all come out really well. 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.
A very good and easy vanilla ice cream (that you can vary by adding other ingredients) can be made using a cooled pint of made Birds custard (using 4 ounces of sugar) mixed with half a pint of double cream and a few drops of vanilla essence. This is churned for the desired time and comes out really creamy and is very delicious! Add fruit pureť at the end of churning for a rippled ice cream. I made that recipe up myself and it has gone down very well with my family!
The machine makes 2 pints of lovely ice cream in about half an hour, though you do need to start the ice cream off beforehand to cool it down enough to freeze, so plan ahead if you can.
Once you make your own ice cream you'll never want to buy commercial ever again!
I can thoroughly recommend this particular ice cream maker. It cost me £24.99 from Argos.
Summary: A really reliable ice cream maker
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