“ Brand: Kenwood / Max Bowl Capacity: 1.06 Quart / Bowl Amount: Single „
Like many, I'm sure, I got duped into buying an ice cream maker when the met office guaranteed us a hot summer. Oops. But nonetheless I've enjoyed having this little machine around and I've tried a few ice creams as well as a few sorbets with pretty good success. I would have LOVED to be able to afford the kind that freezes without having to pre-freeze the bowl, but that would have been a silly amount of money, so I went with cheap and cheerful.
The bowl takes up a fair amount of space in the freezer and you have to either plan ahead and put it in the day before or just keep it in the freezer all the time (which is what I tend to do). It also seems to take far longer to churn than promised (most recipes seem to insinuate that you'll have a finished product in 20 or 30 minutes but I find that it usually takes closer to an hour.
However on the positive side, it does what it's meant to do and if you're reasonably good at making the custard, you'll be very, very happy with the result as home made ice cream is so much better than store bought that it almost seems like an entirely different product.
One really nice thing is that if you keep a container of well chilled juice in your fridge, you can make a sorbet without faffing around with a recipe - so you can offer unexpected guests a home made desert with little to no effort.
Would I buy it again? Yes, probably I would.
I have now had the Kenwood icecream maker for about 6 months. As usual I bought it during the sales in January, as nobody wanted an ice cream maker during the middle of our freezing winter! I paid £18:95 for it, against a rrp of just under £30 (I think).
I used it once straight after buying it, and was pretty impressed with it. It is very simple to use, and assuming you have had the ice cream making bowl (supplied) in the freezer for at least 24 hours, it takes at most, about 30 minutes to create your very own small batch of ice cream. I just stuck to a basic vanilla ice cream mixture the first time I used it, but now that the weather is picking up, and I have a few weekends off work, Im looking forward to becoming a bit more adventurous with it. Its great if you have young children, as you can get them to help out with the making of it, and the tidying up afterwards! I would definitely recommend this product, although I cannot compare it to any other ice cream maker, as this is the only one I have ever seen / used.
this ice cream maker is one of the best,i have 3 ice cream makers because we have worn all of them out,we will see how long this one lasts,i make a lot of ice cream because i have stopped smoking and without my ice cream i couldnt have done it.i buy my own fruit, and some times i pick it usually blackberries,this machine is very easy to use unlike some it isnt complicated,and the ice cream is yummy,creamy and fruity,i have tried doing toffee ice cream but im afraid i havnt done very well,
OK so make no bones about it.... being dairy allergic sucks.... big time.
The major things I miss is a nice rich smooth ice-cream, whether it be soft serve Mr whippy style or out of the tub. Soya versions sold in supermarkets (if your lucky) or health-food stores tent to be nice, but watery & expensive to say the least.
Last year I pulled a massive coop! For my birthday my dad bought me a yoghurt maker, and for Christmas the other half (clearly quite fed up of my moaning about the lack of creamy ice-cream I could eat!) bought me this doogie little ice-cream maker.
It comes with all the pieces and instructions, as well as a lovely recipe sheet which I find invaluable.
So far I have made some wonderfully creamy vanilla ice-cream (made from rice milk, soya cream replacement, eggs and vanilla pods and thickened with rice flour) and some wonderful sorbet & frozen smoothy & yoghurt mixes which have been delightful.
The main issues I have are...
> having to freeze the bowl for 24hrs
> having to make the custard/mix
> only having a 1ltr bowl
The biggest bonus I can tell you about is this - a pot of ice-cream suitable for me to eat is about £3 per 500ml - calculating the cost of the freezing, ingredients etc. this little machine will pay for itself (at a running usage of twice per month) easily in 12 - 24 months.
I've also substituted sugars for fructose & honey with equally fantastic results... which is great news for my diabetic step-dad!
The custard mix is a standard traditional custard recipe, which can be found on places like recipe.com. The actual limit of deserts is up to your imagination, I made coconut ice-cream with no custard base!
Cleaning most of it is simple, the outer bowl is wipe-able, the paddle removes and cleans easily under the tap, the sealed motor unit then simply falls out (just turn the unit over) from the clear plastic lid thing and the lid can be rinsed or wiped clean. The inner bowl (the bit that's frozen for 24 hours to start) needs to be left out for about 2 - 3 hours to defrost before cleaning with cold water and a non-scratch sponge or cloth. This means you can only make up to 1 lot of ice-cream a day.... max 2 if your quick and have the mix made up and chilled ready.
With more and more of us becoming very aware of unwanted additives in food, any product which puts you in control has to be good and the Kenwood ice cream maker is one of these / Use your own ingredients to make home made ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt which will be ready in just 25- 40 minutes / The secret of smooth ice cream is to keep the mixture moving while it is freezing and that's what this machine does / It will make up to 0.8lires and with a wide feeder tube you can add ingredients as you go / The double insulated freezer canister should be kept in your freezer so that it is always ready to be used / Short name: Kenwood IM250