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Mar 21, 2010 12:23 PM

Can I throw my old ice cream maker in the trash?

I have an electric ice cream maker with a freezer bowl. I lost the paddle and it is too old to get a replacement part, so the thing is now unusable. Anyone know can I just toss it in the trash, or is the freezer bowl considered hazardous waste?

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  1. You could donate it to Goodwill, etc., and let them take on the burden. Maybe someone out there has a paddle but needs a freezer bowl...

    1. If the freezer bowl is anything like those gel ice packs, they usually contain non-toxic food grade materials.

      1. Thanks all! I will probably just trash it. I use the goodwill tactic myself sometimes but have started to feel guilty about it...

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        1. re: somerset

          I wish I had another bowl for my Braun! Don't trash it.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            The same happened to me. Take a ppiece of 1' pin and carve and drill the center hole for a new one, not difficult. A relaxing piece of wood working, better than the compuker or TV.
            Sam want me to make me to make you one? I have special instructions for shipping.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Unfortunately, Sam passed away a while back.

        2. See if your area has a Freecycle board.

          You'd be surprised what people need/want and it won't end up in a landfill.

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          1. re: Jennalynn

            I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't mind having an extra freezer bowl. It would come in handy if you're making more than one batch at a time.

            1. re: SuperGrover

              Very true!

              And depending on the model... they're getting $34 for them new on eBay. You could easily get half that for a used one.


          2. Before you trash it, check out They have thousands of parts. You may be able to get the piece you need. If not I recommend the Cuisinart IC cream freezer that has its own compressor. No Freezing canisters or bothering with ice and salt. Just make your base, chill it and then freeze in the IC machine. In about 20-25 mins you have ice cream. Yeah the price is abo0ut $299, but to me, it has been worth every penny. Hmmmm, if I have time tomorrow I may make some salted caramel IC. Wow that us great stuff!