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It is probably not the best time of year to review an ice cream maker given the dark, wet cold days that we still have to endure but I like to think about better weather to help me get through the horrible winter months and making ice cream is one such thing. The great thing about this ice cream maker from Kenwood is the price, I paid £26.99 for it and compared with some other ones on the market that is a pretty good price.
The ice cream maker has a 1.1 liter capacity and weighs just under 3kg. It is important to remember that that capacity is the finished volume and the process of making ice cream does add volume to the base mixture that you add so my advice is to only half fill the mixing bowl each time as if you add too much it cannot cope and could also get messy. It can be used to make either ice cream or the more healthy frozen yoghurt, I have made both and it works equally well which ever option you go with. In order to make ice cream you have to plan ahead a little as the mixing bowl needs to be placed in the freezer 24 hours before you want to make the ice cream. Once you have made your base you simply pour it into the mixing bowl and then switch it on and the machine will begin to do the churning for you. It take about half an hour and a maximum of 45 minutes depending on the quantities and then it is ready to be transferred to your storage containers.
The great thing about making ice cream at home is that you have control over what goes into it so it can be a lot healthier and free from preservatives and this was the main reason that I bought it rather than to try and save money. I have loved experimenting with different flavour options and I have particularly enjoyed the frozen yoghurts that I have made and I have now pretty much perfected a lemon yoghurt which is so refreshing when the temperature rises. It is really easy to clean as the parts are dish washer compatible however I do tend to clean such appliances by hand. It has proven reliable and a good purchase in my opinion.
The great advantage about this machine is that it is very simple and does the final tricky labour intensive part of the process for you, the only real downside is remembering to freeze the bowl so you have to plan ahead which makes spontaneous ice cream making not an option. Still that is when Mr Whippy comes to the rescue.
This is a machine that I still use today! I would like to thank all the people who made effort into making this. The speed of this is very fast. The maximum capacity is 1.16 quart and it prepares a homemade icecream or forzen yougourt for the whole family.My family has a sweet tooth so we make alot of icecream. WE used to spend alot of money on icecream but this one just buy it once and make it at home. It bought this icecream maker for about £30. this machine is actually an investment.
The dissapointing thing is that when we first bought this thing I couldn't figure out how to work it. The hole in the middle was small so the food was everywhere. When we got the hang of it it was easy. The icecream maker was fast and you didn't need to let it stay overnight or get a ziplock bag and squeeze it until it was done. This saves you alot of time. You always need to keep the bowl in the freezer. After having all the icecream comes the hard part: cleaning The machine can be fun but it takes time to clean up. After you finish making the icecream quickly wash the machine or it is gonna freeze on the bowl. Im not sure if it would clean good in the dishwasher cause latley I have been cleaning bu hand. The product comes with a bonus it gives you recepies that you can make. Overall i really like this product and i recomment it to everyone! so get your wallet and head out to the store. Ice cream
My friends and I play 'Come Dine with me' and we have series of dinner parties where we rate each other. The more 'home made' your meal is, the more marks you generally get. It looks so impressive if you bring out homemade pastry or homemade ice cream. I tried a few internet recipes that used a good old fridge freezer and a lot of elbow grease but the results were disastrous. So my quest to find an ice cream maker began. I had seen a couple of the people on the Come Dine with me show use one and was very impressed with their results. I was quite shocked at the prices though, as most ice cream makers retail at around £100.00! Now, I like winning Come dine with me; but I do not really think spending this sort of money is justified! I kept browsing the internet and eventually came across this Kenwood ice cream maker for £22.00! I was over the moon, it was a brand name I trusted and it looked like it would be perfect for the small amount I needed! The price was another winner; if this baby worked then when looking at the amount I spent on ice cream over the year, it could possibly be a money saving investment. Only if it worked of course....
*Price and availability*
I bought the Kenwood Ice cream maker for £22.00 from Amazon. It was in the sale and rediced from £34.00 which it seems to retail at in most walk in stores.
The machine comes in a few parts but the dimensions of the whole thing are 18.9 x 18.9 x 21.6 cm and it weighs 2.9 KG.
The first part of the ice cream maker is the base which is what the ice cream is made in. Before describing the process, it is probably a good point to mention that this bowl needs to have been in the freezer for around 24 hours before use. This bowl is doubly insulated as it has plastic on the outside and metal inside.
The next part is the ice cream maker itself, which consists of a folding paddle that connects to the top half of the ice cream maker and bottom part hold the motorised section. This section holds the cable for you to plug it into the main supply.
*How it works*
While the bowl is freezing, you need to make your base.
Here is a quick example of a rich Vanilla ice cream base recipe so you can have an idea of what you may need and how much work is needed. (The choice is yours you can make naughty ice cream or frozen yogurt and experiment with flavours and colours.)
1/2 pint (250ml) milk
1/2 pint (250ml) double/heavy cream
4 oz (100g) sugar or caster sugar
1 vanilla pod (scored down the middle)
Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring slowly up to boiling point but DO NOT LET IT BOIL. Place the vanilla pod into it and leave to infuse for about 20 minutes.
In a bowl, beat and mix together the egg yolks and sugar until thick. Carefully remove the vanilla pod from the pan of milk and scrape out the seeds into the milk. Pour the milk into the mixture of egg yolks and sugar whilst stirring. Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently, stirring until the custard thickens - DO NOT BRING TO THE BOIL OR IT WILL PROBABLY CURDLE. When you can see a film form over the back of your spoon it's time to remove the saucepan from the heat. Leave to cool. When the custard base is cold stir in the cream.
Now your base is ready, you can take out the freezing bowl and put the ice cream maker together, the bowl simply clicks in to place. Close the lid and switch it on and the machine will start churning the mixture and making the ice cream. It will take around 30 - 40 minutes depending on how much you have made. Once it is ready, transfer the ice cream in to different storage containers, (I have old ice cream containers that I wash out and reuse!) and clean the machine.
The parts that come out such as the bowl can be put in the dish washer or hand washed. The external parts of the machine will need a wipe down with a damp cloth.
I will start by saying that I have had a lot of success with my machine and there is so much scope for experimenting. I love making my own ice cream and it tastes delicious and creamy. I like knowing exactly what is going in my product rather than additives and colourings that commercial companies use. I was wrong when I thought that the ice cream maker would save money though as many of the ingredients are very expensive! Especially if you are using fresh vanilla pods for example! Frozen yogurt is one of the cheapest things to make, especially it is lemon flavoured as you can use lemon juice to flavour it. It is also fat free, which is good for the waistline!
The machine does take some getting used to and you need to understand how it works, for example you can not over fill it as the paddle stops churning. The usual course of this though is that ingredients swell, you must remember that the churning process transfers a lot of air into the mixture making it increase in volume. The machine has 1L capacity but I would not advocate making more than 500 ml of base so that there is plenty of room for movement. You can always split the mixture into two batches, as the machine only takes 30 minutes, the bowl is still chilled to receive the next batch and so long as you make the transfer quick you can have double the amount of ice cream! This is a bit more economical as you can buy the ingredients in bulk and get more for your money!
It may be a pain having to remember to chill the bowl for 24 hours and it is sometimes as it is quite big and takes up valuable freezer space! However, for the price of the machine you can not expect miracles. If you want a machine that does everything for you then you will have to pay for the machines that cost hundreds of pounds.
For the money, it is really good value and so long as you look after the machine, you will have lots of fun and make some tasty ice cream. Of course some recipes don't work and end up too runny, but experimenting is half the fun and once you find recipes that work, write them down and make your own little ice cream recipe book! I am perfecting a chocolate brownie recipe to try and mimic my favourite Ben and Jerry's at the minute!
My guests loved my home made ice cream and it went down a treat!
I'd recommend this machine as it is perfect for ice cream beginners!
It is a freeze bowl icecream maker, so the bowl has to be frozen for about 24 hours before you make your icecream, and the coldness of the bowl makes the icecream. There is another type, which freezes it with its own freezing unit, but these ones are alot more expensive.
Buying an icecream maker was prompted by buying the Ben and Jerry's recipe book.
I started to have a look online, and found this one was consistantly one of the cheapest out of all of them, and with a reliable name behind it.
After buying it i set to work. I panicked at first as my icecream didnt seem to set, but it did start to stiffen up. Its my first icecream maker, so i wasnt sure how it ranked compared to others. The volume of icecream the unit can make seemed like the perfect amount, enough to fill a medium icecream tub up.
However it is quite noisy, but its not really an issue when its in the kitchen, it was a bit messy to clean out, and the bowl isnt meant to be cleaned until its re warmed to room temperature on its own, as any water would freeze to the bowl, but this took ages!
The quality of the icecream has come out really good each time, and for the price, i cannot complain at all, really pleased with it all in all.
I would recommend that if its your first icecream maker, this Kenwood is a good option, simple to use, on off switch, and a simple freeze bowl. For in the region of £20-£30 on the high street, its inexpensive, and gives you the chance to experiment with new flavours.
Update: 1st July 2011- Another thing i would like to mention is that it is quite bulky when storing in the freezer. It's a bit of an arkward shape and size, and takes up alot of room. One suggestion i would make is if you are short on space with it, store in in the cupboard and when youre planning to make icecream, just pop it in the freezer a day before, as it only needs 24 hours to get to the correct temperature for usage. Hope this has improved it!
I purchased this Ice cream maker origionally for my husband as part of his christmas presents, mainly due to the fact that he like unusual ice cream flavours that aren't avaliable in most high street supermarkets so I thought it would be nice to make his own. It was a bit fiddly to start with and we had to try several times to get the hang of it to avoid worktops being covered in the mixture. After he adapted to it it has proved to be a good value purchase and doesn't actually take that long to make I have used it on several ocassions at diner parties it is so simple to add the ingredients and simply leave the machine to work its magic, also as your creating your own flavours we have experimented with adult flavours to liven up a party which are easily done. This item also came complete with a recipie book containing roughly 20 recipies to start you off. I believe it is reasonably easy to use and my 5 year old loves making a mess with it, the pouring hole could be a little bigger to make it more user friendly. Other than that for £29.99 I though it was a cheap and reliable purchase that is fun for all the family.
My wife is a very keen cook and we have many appliances but an ice cream maker! We have very sweet teeth in our family and thought it was silly not to purchase something that the whole family could enjoy and that could be added to our ever growing list of kitchen appliances!
We often spend a ridiculous amount on ice cream, so really I think this appliance is an investment! (it wasn't even expensive to begin with at around £20!) What I really love about this machine is that you actually know what is going in to your ice cream- done right ice cream isn't that bad for you!
We also decided to buy this appliance as we have many kenwood pieces and we love them! This ice cream maker did not disappoint.
The look of it lets it down...it is quite bulky and can take up quite a lot of room. I'm also not sure how well it would clean in the dishwasher and so far I have been hand cleaning it. The look of it however does not represent what it can actually do!
The product actually comes with plenty of recipes you can try out for yourself which I think is a great added bonus.
Now this is my first ever ice cream maker so although I can't compare it to similar products on the market, I can say at least that the ice cream-making process was a little simpler than doing it manually. I had a gift voucher from Argos and this gadget caught my eye, although I probably wouldn't buy something like this under normal circumstances. It was just under £25.
I'm not a huge ice cream fan myself but my nieces are and always seem to want it when they come round. I thought I may as well practice some different recipes on them, and that getting this gadget would make it easier. It is simple to use - after freezing the main bowl (capacity 1.1 litre) in the freezer for 24-hours, you simply pour your mixture in with the machine on, so that the spatula on the underside of the lid automatically stirs at the same time. Then pop it in the freezer, and the spatual continues to rotate so that the ice cream is kept smooth and chunk-free. Depending on which recipe you choose (there are numerous ones supplied with the product), the ice cream will be ready to eat in half-an-hour upwards. Although the ice cream is very smooth and tasty (and has met with the approval of my nieces), it can come out slightly on the wetside, and sometimes I've just had to put it back in the freezer in a normal container to harden up a bit.
I've got mixed feelings about the maker. On the one hand, it works well, produces nice ice creams, and saves me going to the freezer and stirring all the time, but on the other hand saving me from doing a bit of stirring is not really that much of a big deal - it's not too difficult and I find that it doesn't have to be stirred as often as you're told. Also, the product has the disadvantage of needing to be in the freezer for 24 hours before use - not great for a spontaneous person like me and I don't really have space in the freezer to keep it in there all the time.
But overall I do like the product - it's neat and effective, as well as easy to clean (just a case of taking the lid and spatula off the main bowl). My nieces certainly seem to prefer my icecream these days - I'm just not convinced that the space taken up by the product is justified by its usefulness.
My lovely sister bought me this ice cream maker about a year ago for Christmas as she knows I have a penchant for all things crazy-kitchen-gadgets. I have used it quite a few times and think it is a pretty good for an ice cream maker.
It comes in a few pieces with a base which is what the ice cream is made in, a paddle style thing which fits into the top and rotates and the top part which twists onto the bottom piece and holds the motorised section. The top part has the electric parts and the ice cream maker is powered through a plug which goes in the wall.
How the ice cream worker works is that the bottom part which is like a double walled insulated thing with plastic on the outside and metal in the middle. This is kept in the freezer for about 24 hours (probably less would do) before you want to make the ice cream to make sure it goes nice and cold. For me, I only have a little freezer so I think that this takes up too much of my valuable space. This is a good guide though because I only make ice cream when I have the space for the maker (and this tells me that I will have space for the ice cream when it's made!). You can also put some things inside the maker if you're super short on space!
So you put the bottom part of the thing in the freezer and you make your base. This can involve making a custard or whatever recipe you follow and don't take the bottom out of the freezer until this is ready. Then you put the thing together, turn it on and pour in the mix you've made. It then gets left churning (ideally not in a very hot kitchen) and after about half an hour, the ice cream is thicker and ready to be transferred into pots and placed in the freezer. The bowl part then needs to be washed and the churner and the clear plastic part of the top can be put in the dishwasher (I usually hand wash though!).
Top tip is to get the pots you want to put your ice cream in ready before you start making the ice cream so that they can go straight into the freezer once it's done. Another top is to buy the Ben and Jerrys recipe book because it has a lot of good ice cream bases which you can modify with anything you like really. I also make a lovely coconut sorbet thing with just sugar, water and a can of coconut milk which is really yummy!
This currently retails for about £39 on Amazon and I think this is a little pricey as I haven't saved myself that compared to just buying ice cream but the novelty element is fun. Look around for second hand ones or ones on offer though because I think it could be the sort of thing people get tired of so need to sell their old ones.
The ice cream maker isn't something I would really have bought for myself. The novelty has worn off and it takes up a lot of room in the freezer. I do like it though and if you think you will use it quite a bit then go for it because it works and is reliable.
I had been reading many reviews here on Dooyoo about ice cream makers and thought they sounded good and quite easy to use! I had also been seeing them being used more and more often on Come Dine With Me and fancied the idea of making up my own creations. I absolutely love ice cream, especially Ben n Jerrys so I thought this would be a good way of saving money on buying those expensive tubs. I added it to my Christmas list, not really thinking I would get one as the ones I had seen were quite expensive. I was chuffed to bits on Christmas morning when I opened my shiny new Kenwood Ice Cream maker!!
The model I recieved is the Kenwood IM200 maker which is a decent sized model for a novice like myself! The ice cream maker basically comes in two parts, the bowl base and the chunky lid. I was surprised that it appeared so simple in all honesty, you simply attach the spatula onto the lid and that is as much assembly as it requires! The plug is attached to the lid of the maker, and on the very top you will find the on/off switch. The lid is mostly all see through so you can keep an eye on your ice cream at all times, and in the centre of the lid there is a reasonable sized hole in which you add your mixture.
I was so keen to attempt my first batch of ice cream, but obviously Christmas Day isn't the ideal time to do so, so I had a couple of days to plan my creations - Ben n Jerry were to have nothing on my ideas!! When it came to trying out the ice cream maker, I realised that you have to place the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours before use - now I am far too impatient to do that and I decided that 8 hours was enough!
The ice cream maker came with a small leaflet containing a couple of recipes so I thought that I would try out one of those first of all (but adding a couple of goodies to it), and the banana ice cream sounded the nicest. Following the instructions was very easy, and within minutes the mixture was ready to be poured into the machine. It is advised that it may take 20 to 30 minutes for it to be ready at the right consistency but I soon realised that this wasn't to be the case for me! I placed the mixture into the freezer to finish off, and though it went ridiculously hard it was very nice!
I realised that it is very important to make sure you do freeze the bowl for the right amount of time as it does make a huge difference to the freezing process. It is also important that the machine is turned on and the spatula is turning as you are adding your mixture, this is to ensure the mixture doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl (providing you have had it in the freezer for the right amount of time!).
The ice cream maker is so easy to clean, it literally took just a couple of minutes! You only need to remove the spatula from the lid to wash, and of course the bowl, however the lid will need a quick wipe over also. It is adviseable to pop the bowl straight into the freezer after cleaning if you have the space as then it is always going to be ready should you wish to make ice cream on impulse!
As of yet I have only tried twice and none of them have been fantastic although my Irn Bru one was delicious but just too sweet! My brother bought me the Ben N Jerrys Ice Cream Recipe book for Christmas also and that has some fantastic ideas in there though obviously it is very American so some of the ingredients are a bit difficult to get hold of!
The cost of the Kenwood Ice Cream maker was £29.99 on offer at Argos, which was a great price as you can now find it on Amazon for £38.99. I would recommend this as it is extremely easy to use if not like me you do it properly!
Thank you for reading my review :)
The Kenwood ice cream maker is outstanding value, easy to use and maintain. This ice cream maker is one of my favourite appliances in my kitchen. The ease of which you can assemble and begin using this wonderful gadget is second to none.
I often have dinner parties and such at my residents and I am known for my delicious ice cream. This gadget makes creating your own ice cream a delight instead of a chore. Anyone who as ever tried to make there own ice cream from scratch will know just how tedious it is, but with the Kenwood ice cream maker it is a walk in the park.
You simply pop the inner container in the freezer for 2-3 hours or overnight, follow the recipe you have for your desired ice cream. Once the ice cream mixture is ready you simply take the container out the freezer assemble the machine which takes a matter of seconds switch on and pour in mixture within half an hour you will have a perfect textured ice cream, magic!
As a person that loves kitchen gadgets I must say this is one of the most used appliance of everything I own. It is made by Kenwood who are a good manufacturer and their products are never over the top with their price range. This ice cream maker cost me just 35 euro about two years ago and it hasnt caused any problems since we bought it.
The design is quite simple and it is plain white in colour. It has a 1.1 litre capacity which is more than enough ice cream! It is easy to clean and quite small so it can be easily stored away when not in use. You can always freeze your ice cream for use later too.
I like this machine because it can also make frozen yogurt and with a two year old that is obsessed with yogurt I like making her my own organic home made recipes and they go down a treat.
You need to freeze the bowl for 24 hours before making ice cream so it is never a spur of the moment decision to use this and does take planning. There is a recipe book included with the appliance that shows a lot of different varieties of ice cream and I have followed this with every use and the ice cream always comes out tasting lovely. It is certainly not HB but it does taste good and its lovely after you have made it yourself.
Its quite easy to use as you make the ice cream mixture and pour it into the container and wait for it to freeze. When it reaches a thick consistency you can take it out of the bowl and place it in a tub in the freezer to make it more solid as it can be quite runny otherwise.
I would recommend this ice cream maker to anyone and I think its great for parents to make ice cream and yogurt for little ones with ingredients you want them to eat and without all the nasty additives!
I am a huge ice cream fan so for my birthday this year I was given a Ice Cream maker, I was a little skeptical as I did not think you could beat some of the ice creams that I have eaten in the past from shops, but I was wrong home made ice cream is better than ice cream from the shops.
The Kenwood IM200 ice cream maker that I was given has a 1.1 litre capacity and within an hour I have ice cream in any flavour of my choice. Not only can you make ice cream, you can also make sorbet and frozen yoghurt.
The ice cream maker helps to keep the mixture moving while it freezes, which makes sure that your ice creams remains smooth and lump free.
You can put any of your favourite flavours and ingredients into you ice cream maker and you can even try and invent some of your own flavours. If you need your ice cream to freeze quickly the process is faster if you add all cold ingredients that you have just take out of the fridge.
You need to make sure that you put the mixture into the machine when it is churning otherwise your ice cream may not work. If you do not need all of your mixture you can place it into the freezer and eat it at a later date. I recommend that you take it out of the freezer and allow it to defrost for a few minutes before eating it.
The only disadvantage is that this ice cream maker has a canister that should be placed into the freezer 24 hours before use. This means that making ice cream is not something that you do on a spare of the moment. Although if you have enough space in your freezer you can keep the bowl in there permanently ready to use.
There are many different recipes that are available for making ice cream, but you need to try a few before you find the perfect recipe that you prefer. One of my favourite flavours to make is plain and simple vanilla and later in the process you can ripple any of your favourite flavours through, I quite like to add small fudge pieces.
An overall great machine and it is reasonably priced unlike other various ice cream makers on the market. It is a must have for any ice cream fan.
I have always wanted to be able to make ice cream. I have gone on and on about an ice cream maker for a couple of years and my husband got me one for our anniversary.
I was a little aprehensive at first. I was worried that it was going to be complicated to use and I would mess it up. I didn't want to lose confidence with using it by messing up my first attempt. My surprise was that this ice cream maker is more than easy to use! It isn't made up of hundreds of parts, in fact there are only 3 parts to the maker - a bowl, a paddle and lid with an incorporated funnel.
I followed the receipes and instructions which come with the ice cream maker which were more than easy to follow. I even pushed my confidence further and followed a Gordon Ramsey receipe which turned out lovely. The ice cream maker makes the ice cream soft scoop but it is easy to transer the ice cream to a tub to freeze.
Before making ice cream, you have the freeze the bowl for 24 hours. You can't cheat either and take it out before. It needs the full 24 hours. When you freeze the bowl, make sure you put it in a plastic bag or cover the top as the bowl cannot be wet when you start to use it as the water will just freeze up and ruin the ice cream.
I found it very easy to clean with a damp cloth. Make sure you complete dry each piece that you wash.
It is a great machine and works like magic. Highly recommended.
ETA: My husband said he paid £24.99 for this for me :)
I had been looking for an ice cream maker for a while when this one came on special offer at MAKRO for £16.99 plus VAT, so it ended up costing just under £20, which is very reasonable for an ice cream maker and I have found that Kenwood is brand to be trusted.
I have a lot of Kenwood products, my favourate Kenwood product is my food processor, I love it and wouldn't want to be without it. So when I saw they had an icecream maker I thought it would be a good buy.
I'm sorry to disagree with the other reviewers but I have found this ice cream maker very difficult to get on with. My ice cream never seems to come out looking like ice cream when I use this.
Now what I will say is that I always try to make the low fat ice creams, so maybe that has got something to do with it.
The whole reason I wanted an ice cream maker is because I do Weightwatchers and learnt that ice cream can be made using skimmed milk, which makes it much lower in fat and better for you. You can make it without an ice cream maker, but you have to keep going back to the freezer top stir or whisk it, which is a bit of a pain.
There is a recipe with this product that makes low fat vanilla ice cream, but whenever I try it, it just doesn't work and is either too sloppy and thin or is more like a sorbet. I have tried about 6 times, but it always comes out the same. I haven't yet tried a full fat ice cream and don;t really want to because that is quite cheap to buy and I wouldn't really bother to make my own anyway.
The product is quite easy to use although you do need to be prepared. The bowl has to go into the freezer for a minimum of 24 hours before you want to make your ice cream so that the bowl is frozen solid and freezes the ice cream mixture. You just follow your recipe frorm the booklet and then place the mixture into the bowl. Then all you have to do it put the lid on and start it up. The paddle turns and churns the ice cream, the length of time it takes depends on your recipe. When it's ready you can either eat it straight away or you can put it in the freezer for later.
On the basis of making low fat ice cream I would not recommend this product at all. My rating of 2 out of 5 stars is because although it didn't work with the low fat, it still did taste nice and was edible, just not like ice cream.
My Dave does like his premium ice cream but it can be very expensive to buy at around £5 for a 500ml tub. Even when it is on offer at half price, it is still very expensive. I decided that we should use some of our Amazon dooyoo vouchers to purchase an ice cream maker so we could have a go at making our own flavours while cutting back a little bit on the cost.
We had a look at a variety of ice cream makers and this one seemed to be the best value for money. It was not the cheapest available but it was the cheapest that appeared to offer an acceptable standard of quality. The RRP for this product is £27.99 and we bought it on offer at £23.81.
When I first received my ice cream maker I was eager to have a try. Unfortunately, I had to wash all of the items and then freeze the bowl overnight before I could attempt my first batch! This is apparently typical of all ice cream makers in this price range (under £200) so it is no individual fault of this specific product. Washing the lid and spatula was very simple and only took two minutes. I was pleased to note that there are very few components to deal with and that this basically comprises of just a lid, removable rotating spatula (churner) and the freezing bowl.
To make my first batch of ice cream I followed one of the recipes included in the instruction booklet, Mint Choc Chip. I found it a little time consuming waiting for the milk and sugar to cool down as this took a few hours. I remedied this for a later batch by replacing the milk and sugar with milk and pre-chilled condensed milk.
Apart from that, this was quick and easy to use once the ingredients and bowl were ready to go. I took the bowl from the freezer, put the lid on with the spatula loaded in ready and pressed the on button. I then proceeded to pour the ice cream mixture into the chute as instructed and went away for fifteen minutes.
After about twenty minutes, the ice cream began freeze. It looked a little like a Mr Whippy going around and at this stage I was able to add the chocolate chips. The ice cream continued to freeze and reached maximum consistency after about half an hour. Note that the ice cream is really very soft and slushy when it comes out of this ice cream maker and that it really needs standing in the freezer for an hour before serving if you prefer your ice cream firm.
Although it was a bit fiddly to get things started, once I got into the habit of washing and re-freezing the bowl after each use, I found it was ready and waiting for me in the freezer whenever I wanted to make some ice cream. Also, if you do not mind eating soft ice cream, you can put the ice cream maker on to make a portion while you get on with the family dinner and it will be ready by the time you are finished.
The quality of the ice cream that this produces is obviously far superior to supermarket soft scoop brands because homemade ice cream recipes call for real ingredients (like double cream). We have not quite mastered the art of reproducing Ben & Jerrys just yet, but I believe that this machine certainly has the capability to do so. We just need to purchase the Ben & Jerry ice cream recipe book first!
Prepares fresh home made ice cream sorbet or frozen yoghurt in just 2540 minutes . 1.1 litre capacity . On/off switch . Fast freezing double insulated non stick bowl with removable clear lid . Wide mixing feeder.