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Jul 20, 2006 02:56 AM

Best Ice Cream Makers

I'm looking to get a good semi industrial ice cream maker. I want something that has a built in compressor and can make quite a bit an hour. I don't want the cuisnart ice cream maker with a compressor. I tried it and it did not work well.


jonny hunter

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    1. I'm curious to know why the Cuisinart didn't work for you. I bought one a month ago, and it works fine, in my opinion.

      1. The best one that I know of is the Simac sc4000 model. It is much more expensive than the Cuisinart, but far superior quality. I used one for years in my restaurant.

        I don't think that they are made anymore, but you can find them on Ebay on a regular basis. Right now, there are two listed for $539.99 and $699.99.

        1. On a slightly less industrial note, does anybody have any experience with the attachment for the kitchenaid stand mixer? We are considering getting one because (1) we have limited space and our stand mixer is already on our counter and (2) the stand mixer is pretty powerful, so this should be able to work fine.

          Has anybody used this attachment and if so, any comments?

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          1. re: kersie

            We have the ice cream maker for the KA mixer. It's a bit of a mixed bag. As you say the mixer has plenty of power so churning through 2 qts of ice cream is a breeze. I made mango gelato a couple of weeks ago. It took about 15-20 minutes to get to the softly frozen stage.

            The cons are that the attachment which connects the dasher to the motor drive is strangely wonky. Or I'm not doing something correctly. The connecting piece fits over the motor drive (the bit that you normally attach the beaters to) but it isn't held in place by anything except the pressure from the dasher below it. It's just plastic with two openings, one above and one (offset from the upper one) below. The ice cream is ready when the dasher slips or stalls. In practice this means the connector falls off because the mixture is too stiff for the dasher to keep churning so it slips out of the connector. When there's nothing below to keep it in place, the connector falls off the motor drive. The whole setup seems awfully klutzy to me.

            I hope if someone reads this and can see if I'm messing up, they post a response.

            The other con is that you have to get the motor going before pouring the mix into the bowl or it will freeze to the sides. There is so little room to work because there's almost no clearance between the dasher and the bowl that you end up dripping the mix on the outside of the bowl or the machine. I'm going to get a funnel before I use the machine again, to get around this problem.

            1. re: cheryl_h

              I just got this too but I don't have the problem you describe. My connecting piece fits tightly over the beater holder even before the dasher goes in. Also, I chill my base mix in a large pyrex measuring cup with a spout and never have problems pouring it in with the motor running. hope that helps.

              1. re: jenhen2

                Which model KA mixer do you have? I have the 5SS with the fixed motor head. We've tried this every which way but the connector won't stay fixed in place on the drive. It can forced to stay temporarily if you push hard enough, but the moment you brush against it, it falls off. I wonder if I have a defective piece?

          2. I think we're going to buy it today (I have a Williams Sonoma gift card that I've been dying to have an excuse to use) so I'll let you know how it works out.

            Using a measuring cup with spout is a great idea for all sorts of batters -- we do it for pancakes and waffles all the time, a trick I learned from my dad as a kid