Product Type: Kenwood ice cream makers
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Ice Cream Heaven
Member Name: jasmine6
Advantages: produces nice icecream, relatively cheap
Disadvantages: slightly unneccesary?
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.
Summary: good quality product and good value, but definitely a 'luxury' item rather than a neccesity
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