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Me and my two young children love eating ice cream, we eat it regularly for dessert so I thought it would be a wonderful idea if me and the kids made our own. Before buying this product I had already started making soup's, pizza's and cakes with my son and my daughter, so when I was taking a look on Amazon I decided to buy the Phillips HR2304 Ice Cream maker, this was a spur of the moment buy, and after reading the great reviews written about it on Amazon and Dooyoo I instantly knew I wanted the Phillips ice cream maker.
When I received my product by way of Amazon I was really excited to get started making some ice cream and so were the kids but the problem was we had to freeze the inner cooling disc inside of the bowl for around eighteen hours before we could get started. Once your inner cooling disc is frozen it is time to start, you then add your ingredients to the bowl and it will mix them all into ice cream, the stirrer, motor unit and lid are detachable making storage, cleaning and handling extremely easy.
This ice cream maker is easy to clean, easy to work and makes wonderful delicious ice cream which the whole family can enjoy, it is great that it only takes thirty five minutes for your ice cream to make so know waiting around for the kiddies. As long as I make sure the inner bowl is frozen then I can now make ice cream when ever I wish which me and the kids think is great but this product does even more, you can if you wish, make frozen desserts, frozen yogurt recipes and sorbets with this machine and I must say the sorbets do come out fantastic.
I really do love this ice cream maker and my children really love it also, when making the ice cream the product is not noisy at all which is great and adds to its appeal, but best of all the results we have had with it have been amazing and me and my family have enjoyed some lovely desserts since I bought it and the ice cream itself comes out delicious and creamy, we have all enjoyed eating it.
So for anybody with children or just someone who loves ice cream I can strongly recommend this product as something well worth buying, I paid nearly £70 for this product but I would say it was worth every penny.
Item weight : 1.9 kg
Recipe booklet : with the recipe booklet you will discover the delicious world of ice cream
Powerful cooling system
Cooling element and 20W motor for delicious homemade ice cream.
It is probably not the best time of year to write a review on an ice cream maker, but this is one of my favourite little kitchen gadgets and if you are anything like me ice cream is a year round treat!
The Philips ice cream maker is easy to assemble. Its main body is an easy to clean bowl, with an integral handle on the side to help you steady it during assembly and whilst removing the finished ice cream. A cooling disc is placed into the base of the bowl. You need to freeze the disc before hand - mine generally take about 18 hours to freeze, but I usually keep one or two in the freezer because they don't take up much room and I'll invariably forget to put one in the day before I need it.
The lid has the motor and a plastic blade attached to it. They slot nicely together, with the motor part fitting snugly into a space on the lid surface. This is then put onto the top of the bowl, turned until it clicks and the ice cream maker is ready to go.
To start the process the machine is plugged into the mains and turned on via the motor now attached to the lid. The blade must be moving when the liquid ice cream mixture is poured in via a hole in the lid. It takes between half an hour to an hour before the ice cream is ready to eat, although I confess to sneaking a couple of small spoonfuls through the hole in the lid during the process - just to check how it is doing. Once the ice cream has reached a thick consistency the machine can be turned off, the lid removed and the contents scooped from the bowl into a freezer safe container. It needs to be put into the freezer straight away, unless you are intending to eat it immediately.
A recipe book is included in the box and I used this when I first had the machine - I can recommend the coffee flavour and the vanilla ice cream is always a handy base to add interesting ingredients to, such as caramelised nuts, Baileys Irish Cream or chocolate chunks. I have also Googled recipes on the internet and have experimented with a variety of fruit based ices and sorbets. Recently, since I have been on the Slimming World diet I have used it to make iced Muller Light yoghurts. These are not as nice as ordinary ice cream and are a lot harder despite all the churning, but they are still a pleasant dessert alternative.
As the machine is fairly compact, it only makes 1 litre of ice cream at a time, so if you are catering for more than about six people you will need to make an extra load. If you increase the volume of the mixture to more than the amount suggested it doesn't churn properly once the ice cream begins to thicken - I tried this once to see what would happen. I don't see this as a problem though as the resulting ice cream is so delicious that it outweighs the minor disadvantages
I bought my ice cream maker from Lakeland for about £40, along with a spare cooling disc, but I've just checked online and they only appear to be selling the cooling disc for £24.79. I bought mine from the Peterborough store so they may still have them there. I cannot find them in any other on line electrical store, but I'd still recommend snapping up a second hand one off a site such as Ebay (there is one on there currently for £18) or Amazon, who are also selling the cooling discs for £16.85.
Me and my friends and family all love ice cream, and I do believe that Ben & Jerry should thank us deeply for contributing to their success over the years! With this ice cream maker from Philips, we have however begun making our own ice cream, and I have to say it`s both cheaper, more fun and best of all, rather delicious! I was given this machine for my birthday, and for the last couple of months, I have tried about 20 different flavors, some of my favorites including vanilla, chocolate, mint, strawberry and peach!
I think you can get this machine for a price of about 40.99, and I find that to be quite affordable, because this is a solid and easy to use product, very sturdy and seems of very good quality. There`s an inner cooling disk inside of the machine which you have to freeze eighteen hours before making the ice cream, and the making of the ice cream itself takes a little over a half hour, in other words very fast! I haven`t had any problems so far, and a big plus for me is also that the maker is easy to wash, preferably by hand. You can make a big variation of ice cream in this maker, but also sorbets if you prefer that!
To sum up, I think this is a very good ice cream maker, affordable and easy to use!
This ice cream maker was one of the better gifts I got a few Christmases back and I have since had tremendous fun with it. It makes excellent ice cream - as good as Ben and Jerrys or Hagen Dazs I'd say.
It comes in a very pretty box and is itself a very pretty looking product. It's design is rather compact, taking up very little space on your kitchen counter. Slightly less than most rice makers. One of the standout joys that the ice cream maker possesses is it's transparent lid - allowing you to hypnotically stare at the whirling cream at every stage of its icy journey.
It is important to consider whether this product is really good value for money - in relation to the cost of the ingredients and the amount of labour involved. It may not be worth the forty-five quid or so if the only reason for you to purchase this is to make cheap ice cream and not for the fun of the process. A better alternative would be to save your time and buy what are ridiculously cheap own brand basics/ economy/ smart price ice creams. Furthermore - the price of a tub of Ben and Jerrys or Hagen Dazs is only a pound or more than the cost of ingredients for this, so if you want guaranteed success in consistency and quality, just keep buying those tubs, tubby.
The cooling disc that this product comes with, which is essential in the freezing of the ice cream - requires that it is left in your freezer for around a day before you use it. It is therefore always necessary to plan ahead or have it in your freezer always, consuming space and energy. Also your freezer needs to be on one of the higher settings for the disc to properly freeze. We had to change our setting specifically for this ice cream maker.
All things considered, a terrifically fun product. A great activity to do with the kids or even by yourself and I recommend it wholeheartedly for that purpose. Don't think that you'll be saving a tremendous amount on your ice cream bill though.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I am big on cooking, baking and everything else food orientated and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and a lot of money on gadgets to use in the kitchen.
One purchase I made for the kitchen that I love is the Philips HR2304 ice cream maker, Ok this doesn't produce Ben and Jerry quality ice cream but it does produce a superior ice cream to the cheaper brands you can buy in store and you can use your own imagination for flavours.
I paid just under £50 for this machine and it is money well spent in my opinion, it comes with a very easy to read and understand instruction manual, the manual tells you that before using you have to freeze the inner cooling disc for around 18 hours before using, you then add the ingredients to the bowl and the machine mixes them into fresh ice cream which takes about half an hour.
The machine is quite quiet during the making of the ice cream but it makes just enough noise for my grand kids to hear it and get excited about the ice cream being made, I have made many different flavours of ice cream and have tried things like adding biscuit pieces, raisins and the likes to spice it up.
The ice cream is of high quality and I have to say that I prefer my home made chocolate ice cream to any other chocolate ice cream I have tried.
The machine can be used to make frozen yogurts and sorbets too which is great for the summer but it is first and foremost an ice cream maker and a very good one too.
** We love our ice-cream! **
I know the summer has been gone and done but we still are enjoying our little ice cream maker. I was first a little bit against the whole idea of an ice cream maker because I thought it would be something like a bread maker machine. You use it a few times and then you never use it anymore because it's too much hassle. Well that's not the case with the ice-cream maker! We used it about 100 times this summer alone! Well maybe a little bit less but we used it a lot!
We bought the Philips HR2304. It was a little bit more expensive than some other brands but I thought if we are going to do this we better do it right and nobody likes half-done ice cream. You need good solid ice cream. Easy the machine is very easy. First you need to freeze the inner cooler disc, what is inside the bowl. You need to freeze this for around 12 hours in the freezer so you can't really do this on an impulse. We just leave this always in the freezer so it will be ready when we want to make some! So when you waited 12 hours so get the ingredients and you put that in the bowl and that mix it all into ice cream! It will take around 35 minutes you can check it during the making because sometimes it needs a little bit longer or not and you might need to put it in the freezer just to make it a little bit harder.
Cleaning the ice machine is very easy because almost each part can be taken apart like the bowl, mixer tool and lid and it is very easy to put it all back together again. It doesn't make really that much noise so you won't be disturbed by it. There's a instruction booklet which will tell you how to use it and gives a little bit more information like also recipes which are always good! If you run out of idea's the internet is of course always great to get some ideas. We certainly love this machine and I'm planning to use it also in the winter because I think you can always eat some ice cream!
From the month of May onwards I always hope for a nice summer, this year after years of deliberating I decided to purchase an ice cream make, the Philips HR2304 to be precise.
In all honesty the summer hasn't been the best apart from early May/June but even so my ice crem maker has been used non stop.
The best thing with ice creams makers is that you can find many recipies to create in books and on the internet, it just needs to be made correctly and with the correct equipment.
The machine is about the size of a large saucepan and is white in colour it will blend your ice cream mix together in a very fast time usually about 35 minutes +. Remeber though once the ingredients are made you will still have to freeze the final mixtures.
One of my favourite recipies is to add a few whole eggs, cream and sugar to get the basic mixture then I like to add a variety of sweets bars like crunchie and twix to get that perfect taste - so many combinations to try.
The machine is very easy to use and is also easy to wash by hand at it splits into several pieces such as an outer plastic bowl, an inner bowl in which there is some liquid between the two skins which is the freezing element, a plastic paddle which fits into the small motor and a see through plastic lid with a pouring hole in it.
You pour the mixture into the top of the maker and you are away, just time and patience will do the rest of the work.
I do love ice cream but whenever I buy it from the supermarket it is never as creamy and delicious and when purchasing it from an outlet with an 'ice cream machine' - this is the result that I wanted to replicate with my own ice cream and after finding this product available online for little more than £40 I decided to get it and have a go.
The first point I will make is a low one, in order to use the machine you have to put a little inner disc in the freezer for around 24 hours before re-inserting it to the machine and adding the ingridients, it comes with a list of instructions for making many different types of deserts, all of which are of course ice cream based as that is the main ability of the product. There is a receipe book that will settle any confusion that the user may have, especially if it is your first time making ice cream at home.
This little product only takes around 45 minutes to stir the ice cream and when it comes out it tastes amazing! Much better than the ice cream that supermarkets sell, and in the long run a lot cheaper as well. I really advise that you purchase this product if you are a fan of ice cream.
Once again the only criticism I have of the product is that you have to put a part in the freezer for a day before being able to use it, meaning that if you wish to make two batches one after the other it is impossible. Fortunately there are replacement inner discs on the market which can be used to alternate between the two. I personally keep the disc in the freezer at all times so that when I feel like making ice cream I can do it instantly, all I need are the ingredients.
If you are thinking about getting this product but aren't quite sure whether or not it is for you then I advise that you go for it! You will be impressed, as long as you have a little bit of patience!
I love ice cream and live about twelve miles away from the nearest town in a rural area, so buying ice cream is always a bit of a nightmare as it may melt before i get it home. Then I saw this Philips HR2304 ice cream making machine which has been a very handy useful gadget to own.
I bought it online for £41.99 which is not a bad price to pay for the quality of the ice cream it makes. having never owned an ice cream making machine before i was a bit worried about how it would perform , but my worries are unfounded as it makes delicious ice cream without fuss as it makes deliciously fresh ice cream which is ready in about 35 minutes.
It comes with an easy to follow instruction booklet and you have to freeze the inner cooling disc inside the bowl for about 18 hours before using it, you then add your ingredients to the bowl and it mixes them all into ice cream. The motor unit, stirrer and lid are all detachable, allowing for easy handling, cleaning and storage.
Its easy to operate and makes ice cream in about 35 minutes.
I love this ice cream maker as it does make delicious creamy ice cream you can make other frozen desserts in it as well as ice cream, the sorbets come out lovely and you can have frozen yogurt recipies too.
This gadget has saved me the hassle of buying ice cream in the supermarkets and trying to rush home before it melts, I can now make ice cream at my leisure as long as I remember to freeze the inner bowl of the ice cream maker before I want to use it, but popping it in the freezer the night before I want to use it at about 6pm will ensure I can begin to make my batch of ice cream the night after.
You can buy a replacement bowl and an inner disc so that you can make two batches of ice cream without having to wait .
I am quite good at making ice cream now and my grandchildren love the newly made chocolate ice cream batches.
The machine isn't too noisey to use either which is good as it has to be on for a while whilst it stirrs the ice cream.
I find that once the ice cream maker has finished the ice cream seems to be soft when it first comes out of the machine, but if you put it in your freezer for 24 hours after making the ice cream gets harder.
personally I prefer the sorbets as I have lots of fresh fruit growing in my garden and at this time of year. I have just made blackcurrant sorbet which went down very well with my family.
If your looking for a great ice cream maker then this is a good model to buy, its a little expensive but in the long run it saves you money and the hassle of running to town for ice cream.
Well summer is here and the temperature is creeping up so it it time to get out the ice cream maker once again.
I have had one of these machines for several years and must admit that last year with the really bad summer it did not manage to be taken out of its box.
I got it out today after receiving the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Recipe book which has inspired me to make ice cream again.
The machine is easy to use and makes delicious ice cream in about 40 minutes as long as you have chilled the ingredients Slightly longer if you have not. One disadvantage is that you have to freeze the inner bowl for at least 12 hours - hence the reason I did not make the ice cream yesterday when I was first inspired by the book. I had not stored the inner bowl in the freezer!
However I got together the ingredients - 2 large eggs, 2 cups of double cream, 1 cup of milk and 3/4 cup of sugar. Used the food processor to beat the eggs and sugar added the cream and milk along with some vanilla essence - powered it into the ice cream machine, left it running to 40 minutes then added a handful of shopped up kit-kats and hay presto delicious - not very slimming but absolutely delicious creamy ice cream.
The machine itself comes in several parts, an outer plastic bowl, an inner bowl in which there is some liquid between the two skins which is the freezing element, a plastic paddle which fits into the small motor and a see through plastic lid with a pouring hole in it. Once the inner bowl has been in the freezer this is placed in the outer bowl, the lid with the motor and paddle assembled and switched on before pouring in the ice cream mixture, which would immediately freeze to the bowl if the motor was not running. The mixture is then left to churn and freeze for about 40 to 50 minutes.
As simple as that - delicious ice cream with no additives or preservatives at a fraction of the price you would pay in the supermarket.
This was my first ice cream maker, so I'm afraid my review will therefore be one-sided. However, I love ice cream and found this little devise brilliant. Now, for the amount of ice cream I actually make it is quite expensive so I would weigh up how much you'll think you'll use it before splashing out.
Its very easy to use and Philips give good instructions and also brilliant recipes in the booklet provided. The freezing plate which goes into your freezer is quite bulky so if you have a small freezer like me it may take up a bit too much room. Also your freezer has to be quite cold in order for the plate to completely freeze and this has to happen or the ice cream won't set. I have had a couple of disasters but now that I know everything has been fine. All in all its a very good product and extremely easy to use, but it is a bit expensive for how much you will probably use it, but if you are a kitchen accessory queen like me then you will probably no doubt need one in your kitchen!
This is ideal providing you plan in advance. The bowl must be frozen overnight (or ideally longer) . In our house the ices cream doesnt last very long which is a good sign that it is really scrummy!
We brought this last summer (as we were told that it was going to be a BBQ summer I thought that it would be a wise purchase as we love ice cream!) However, despite that the weathermen didnt deliver the fine summer the ice cream maker certainly delievered what it promised!
It is soo easy to use and you can experiment with your own ingredients (we like peanut butter/choc chip!) and it does work out a lot cheaper than premium brand ice creams (even when they are on "special" in supermarkets). It is easily cleaned but a word of warning- be very careful when you take it out of the freezer cus your fingers can stick to it if they even slightly damp! I speak from experience here!
The only thing I can think of that would improve this machine is if you could buy another bowl seperatly so that you could always have one "ready to go" in the freezer.
Homemade ice cream is an affordable luxury and one I have become accustomed to. When I moved house I had the nasty realisation that my new freezer, which was simply the top shelf in my fridge due to lack of space in my kitchen, would not accomodate the freezable bowl of my much loved ice cream maker. Cue a lot of searching to find a more compact but automatic solution (freezing the ice cream in a plastic tub, stirring hourly and hoping didn't appeal). Eventually I found the Phillips Delizia, reasonably priced, a recognised brand and best of all rather than freeze the whole 1 litre bowl I only had to freeze the 5cm/2in tall internal disc!
To explain the Delizia is not an ice cream maker that freezes automatically part of it has to be put into the freezer about 12 hours before ice cream making. It consists of a plastic bowl which can comfortably hold 1 litre of ice cream mix and has a very handy pouring handle (although no spout which would've been perfection), a detachable motor in which sits the removable plastic stirring blades, a plastic see through splash cover with a hole to pour the mixture in as this has to be done whilst the blades are rotating and the freezable disc. It can be easily broken down for washing, simple to put back together thanks to the robust plastic and I have recently found that all the pieces when fully broken down can be stored in the plastic bowl.
The motor runs very quietly which is great as the maker needs to be on for 30 mins to an hour depending on how hard you like your ice cream and whether you want the ice cream straight from the mixer.
The other advantage of the disc being frozen rather than the bowl is that it is possible to buy a second disc (about half the price of the maker) so that you can always have a seond one prepared in case you want to make two different flavoured batches - and if you invest in a better recipe book that the basic one supplied with the maker you may want to do this.
There are a couple of minor reasons why this doesn't receive full marks from me. After running the mixer for about 45mins I find that the ice cream isn't hard enough for my liking however if you prefer you're ice cream soft scope rather than ice block solid this isn't a problem and if you have the patience to let the machine run until the blades stop turning as recommended then this may also improve solidity. Secondly the bowl isn't solid plastic it is an air filled shell and I find that on washing the bowl up a little water seeps into the join. This does not affect the maker's performace but if you tip the bowl you can get a mini shower. I said they were only minor reasons.
All in all this is a very good ice cream maker which I have recommended to friends.
A manageable and easy solution to freeze ice cream. I recently decided to start making ice cream and i knew i had an ice cream maker hiding in the attic somewhere. So i took it down, and put the freezer bowl in the freezer and after waiting i could straight away make yummy ice cream with no trouble.
The general cost of the machine is around £35. It's easy to turn on and for it to start working, low maintenance and has made making ice cream so much easier. It comes with a mixing/freezer bowl, a motor, the thing that churns it, and a detachable lid all easy to dismantle and no struggle at all once you get the hang of it. The lid has a hole which i think is a great idea because then you can add extra bits and pieces, such as fruits, biscuits, chocolate pieces depending on which type of ice cream you are making and it's alot of fun really. The maximum capacity is about 1 litre which i think is a fairly good size when making ice cream, and from my experience it takes from 45 mins to 1 hour for the ice cream to be ready for serving. There isn't alot of noise when switching it on, and its not a problem. You have to wash all the parts manually as its not dish washable. Still, not a huge problem as there are only about 4 things really to clean which i don't think is too difficult.
Before realizing i had an ice cream maker somewhere in my attic, i had trouble freezing the ice cream in a conventional freezer as it doesn't churn it like this ice cream maker does, and leaves it all icy and stiff. Now i can go and make ice cream which has a great texture to it, on demand, no worries! The only trouble is waiting for the freezer bowl to freeze as it takes 12 hours, but i can make a whole batch in a day which is perfect for my household. Homemade ice creams a whole lot more special than shop-bought ice-cream, especially using this machine!
I was given one of these a few years ago for Christmas and it is one of the best kitchen gadgets I own.
It is very easy to use and clean. It can produce lovely frozen desserts in as little as 20 minutes. A little word of warning - make sure you have the device switched on and the motor running before you add the ingredients. Otherwise, you end up with the paddle not being able to go round and a very hard frozen dessert in the bowl.
Not only can you use it to make ice cream but it will also make frozen yoghurt. This I do quite often as I need to follow a low fat diet. My favourite recipe is to add a couple of pots of flavoured very low fat yoghurt to the machine along with a tube of very low fat natural fromage frais - Yummy and no need to feel guilty for eating the whole lot on your own.
The downside to this product is that you need to freeze the bowl for at least 24 hours before you can make anything. This means that if you have a small freeze valuable room is taken up. I'm lucky in that I have a large enough freezer to keep the bowl in it at all times, so can make a dessert at any time.
Short name: Philips HR2304