Product Type: Kenwood ice cream makers
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You Scream I-Scream...
Member Name: milly234
Disadvantages: has to be cold for a long time
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.
Summary: The novelty's worn off for me
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