Investing in an ice cream maker.
I am in the market for an ice cream maker. I have a KitchenAid stand mixer and want to know if I should just get the ice cream attachment or if I should just break down and buy a separate gadget. Any suggestions?
I bought the separate appliance, thinking that two bowls would be nice to have. For the first year, we made ice cream in two flavors at a time, but now that we don't do it so often, I am sorry that I didn't just get the attachment. It would have saved some space.
I have the attachment and it works great. I really do love it and store the bowl in the freezer all the time!
Here is nice review of several makers including the KA, which scored well. If you want to step up to a model with a built in freezer, the current model of the Gelato Jr is no longer difficult to clean as described in the review. I have one and am very happy with it. For one thing, I don't need to keep a big bowl in the freezer 24/7 or remember to start freezing the bowl the day before I want to make ice cream. Also, with the freezer bowl types you really need to pre-chill the mix very cold (below 40 F) to get the best results, but with a compressor machine you only need to get it near room temperature. I found mine for about $150. But it's a rather large machine and weighs about 15 lbs, so if you only plan to make a quart of ice cream every now and then, the KA is probably best for you.
It was recommended to me to chill the custard overnight before freezeing. Thus you can make the custard and put it in the fridge at the same time as you put the bowl in the freezer.
If you have the freezer space the KA attachment looks good. If I didn't already have a Cuisinart self-freezing ice cream maker, I'd probably get the KA attachment. I had a Simac Il Gelataio for several years, until the gel started leaking, and it worked well and didn't have too many parts to clean. Unfortunately, they discontinued that model.
The Cuisinart, which we've had for a few years, works well, but is rather noisy. I keep it on top of the microwave, so it doesn't use any additional counter space.