Product Type: Kenwood ice cream makers
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Just one Cornetto.....give it to me; delicious ice-cream....of Italy!
Author Name: superness11
Disadvantages: 24 hour freezing
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!
Summary: A great little machine you can play around with
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