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smdeneau Aug 23, 2007 07:01 PM

I am considering buying an ice cream maker for home use. Can anyone make any recommendations about good brands or ones to avoid. I don't want to get anything too elaborate as this is my first foray into ice cream making

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    seconds Sep 2, 2007 12:42 PM

    I have the Hamilton Beach 1.5 quart gel-canister ice cream maker, and paid $30 for it. I've only had it for a few weeks but have used it four times so far. I've gotten great results (this is my first foray into ice cream making also) and have been quite happy with it. I was looking into the Cuisinart one also, but that was $20 more (and the extra canister costs $30... so if I wanted another canister, it would cost $80, whereas I could just buy two of the Hamilton Beach ones for $60). I think the Cuisinart one has more name recognition, but I have read that all gel-canister makers are basically the same.

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    1. re: seconds
      Nuray Sep 2, 2007 06:10 PM

      Oh, my Dad got the extra canister for $8 from Crate and Barrel. I am surprised you saw it for $30.

    2. Nuray Aug 30, 2007 02:12 PM

      When my parents were visiting, they got the Cuisinart ICE-30. Since they left my Dad has been obsesses with it. He got an extra container as well, and he is extremely happy with every batch he makes...

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      1. re: Nuray
        Nuray Aug 30, 2007 02:14 PM

        Sorry i meant to say ICE-20. The inexpensive model...That's the one he got.

      2. WCchopper Aug 24, 2007 07:05 PM

        I have had the Krups for years and am EXTREMELY happy with it. The texture of the ice cream that it produces is exceptionaly smooth and dense, but with the requisite air worked in. It is easy to use and clean and although it doesn't make huge amounts, it makes enough for a smallish family to eat too much ice cream.

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          windycity Aug 24, 2007 11:56 AM

          I love my ICE-20, I've had it for 7 years and it still works like a charm (but I treat mine like a baby and never use metal on it, only plastic spatulas or rice cooker ladles.) Actually, about 4 years ago, I bought one for my mom too and she loves it as well.

          I agree with Allstonian, you have to give it 24 hrs between each use, otherwise you get slushy messes. Have fun - homemade ice cream is a delight, and you'll marvel at the lightness of the vanilla that comes out using their manual's directions (milk, cream, sugar vanilla.)

          I've used it to make meyer lemon icemilk, strawberry, vanillla, mint chip, cherry vanilla choc chip (with ghiradelli), all sorts of citrus sorbets, cherry sorbet (that one went real quickly!)

          Have fun and yums :)

          1. Allstonian Aug 24, 2007 09:39 AM

            We've been very happy with the Cuisinart as well (1-quart model.) We've had ours for 5+ years, though I admit that we don't make a LOT of ice cream. It's handy that you can usually get a deal that gives you an extra canister. We have an upright deep freeze in the basement, which gives us enough room to store one or both, so that there's always a frozen canister available.

            One word of advice that you'll find on other threads about cold-canister ice cream makers - make sure that your canister's had at least 24 hours in the freezer before you make ice cream, and don't try to re-use it for a second batch. It won't be cold enough for a good result.

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              Buckethead Aug 24, 2007 08:30 AM

              I have the Cuisinart ICE-30, I've only had it for a month but I've done three batches in it and they've all been great. It's the 2-quart version of the ICE-20 recommended in CI/Cook's Country. I can vouch for the fact that ice cream made in it tastes nearly as good after five days in the freezer as it does the day you make it, with very little ice crystal formation.

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                HSimpson Aug 23, 2007 08:42 PM

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