ice cream machines
- ctmom Jun 8, 2005 07:36 AM
thinking about getting my husband one for Fathers Day. Does anyone have any recommendations?? Thanks!!
I'd advise against one, especially if the potential recipient loves ice cream. My wife and I got one for our wedding and have used it a few times but always with less than stellar results. Of course, this could as well be a function of our skills w/ using the machine as much as being a problem with such home-made anything ventures. We both really love ice-cream, are snobs about it truth be told, but even keeping our frozen-treat-elitism in check find that it just ain't that good.
Best of luck though.
If I remember correctly, you can go onto americastestkitchen.com (affiliated with Cook's Illustrated) and check out their equipment ratings. I think the ice cream makers article is still accessible to the general public.
We have a Krups - the usual $49 model - with the bowl you freeze but a plug-in motor. It makes great ice cream, most recently lemon ice, strawberry sorbet and strawberry ice cream. When the ice cream/sorbet gets as hard as it is going to get in the Krups it still needs about 45 to 60 minutes more in the freezer to firm up. We got it as a gift along with Williams Sonoma's book Ice Creams & Sorbets - a good reference which we have taken ideas from for endless variations.