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TessCooks Jul 5, 2012 08:51 AM

I had a cusinart one a while ago did not love it. What is the best one around?

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    ATL_Brad Jul 7, 2012 07:22 PM

    This is the best one you'll find, hands down:


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      blondelle Jul 7, 2012 06:53 AM

      A Ninja! Either the Master Prep or the more powerful Pulse model. $64 at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. All you need is milk or cream, frozen fruit and some sweetener. Also makes snow cones, sorbets, and frozen drinks in an instant. No long churning or having to freeze a canister, or having to pry the stuff off the sides. Takes all of 30 seconds. Check out the videos on QVC and youtube. Also makes cookie dough, pizza dough, individual smoothies and much more.

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        ThanksVille Jul 7, 2012 04:07 AM

        Moved from a 1970's Donvier canister to an Italian racehorse, Lussino or some such.....and my lack of specificity there. Moved from freezing simple custards to concocting herb and spice balanced recipes of obscene decadence. Cause and effect?

        PS: the racehorse really wins.

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          FitMom4Life Jul 6, 2012 09:38 PM

          My parents just bought the Cusinart. While the ice cream is good, it doesn't have nearly the flavor of the recipe they use in the old-style maker. Their recipe uses eggs, and they can't use eggs in the Cusinart.

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            1POINT21GW Jul 6, 2012 11:21 PM

            Why not?

            I have a Cuisinart ice cream machine and I make plenty of ice cream that has eggs in it.

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              acgold7 Jul 7, 2012 02:02 AM

              Yeah, why not? You should be able to use any recipe in any ice cream maker. I'm looking at the Cuisinart Instruction Manual right now and the Premium Ice Cream recipes in it on Page 8 call for eggs.

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                nofunlatte Jul 7, 2012 04:02 AM

                I, too, say "huh?". I have both the Cuisinart and an Italian-made Girmi and both of them can accommodate recipes with plenty of eggs. Both operate using the same canister method. And I've made superb ice cream in each. I think your parents must have gotten some erroneous information.

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                  Mother of four Jul 7, 2012 09:11 AM

                  Use eggs in mine all the time. Where in heavens name did they ever hear that?

                2. lmure Jul 5, 2012 05:53 PM

                  I use just the freezer bowl from a Donvier ice cream maker, and I mix it with a wood spatula. It works well, and I can just keep the bowl in my freezer without having a bunch of other random parts clogging up my kitchen cupboards. Sometimes you can find Donvier freezer bowls on eBay or elsewhere online.

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                    tim irvine Jul 6, 2012 04:52 PM


                  2. tim irvine Jul 5, 2012 04:14 PM

                    I think it may depend on what you are looking for in ice cream. If you want firm,dense scoops such as you would get from a quality store brand, a Cuisinart $59 ice cream maker is likely not the ticket. If you like a more custards consistency, especially if you like gelato, however, you may like it. I do.

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                      kseiverd Jul 5, 2012 11:05 AM

                      Have a Cuisinart that I found for $5 at a thrift store... very clean, still in box with paperwork. Doesn't get used often cuz... rarely have room in freezer for that container. Last time it was used, niece and I gorged ourselves on some pretty nice and super-chocolatey ice cream.

                      Remember my grandfather making ice cream with an "old-fashioned" crank model... ice and rock salt. He had at least 6 outta 9 grandkids who were big enough to do all the dirty work. Toward the end he would dump in fresh peaches right off his tree... nothing better!

                      I see the "old-fashioned" ones (crank & electric) at yard sales and thrift sales from time to time. The next time I see one... I just might buy it!

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                      1. re: kseiverd
                        Mother of four Jul 5, 2012 05:18 PM

                        I have the Cuisinart and love it,do you remember the recipe you used for the super chocolatey ice cream you made?

                      2. 1POINT21GW Jul 5, 2012 09:55 AM

                        Number one according to Cook's Illustrated: Whynter IC-2L SNO 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker for $330 shipped. http://www.amazon.com/Whynter-IC-2L-2-Quart-Cream-Maker/dp/B000V6Y7GG/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1341507181&sr=1-2&keywords=ice+cream+maker+whynter

                        Best Buy according to Cook's Illustrated: Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker for $59.95 shipped. http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-2...

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                          rasputina Jul 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                          I didn't like the Cuisinart one either so I bought a White Mountain which I love. Yes it's the old style ice and salt method but it freezes better and I can make as many consecutive batches as I want.

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                            Uncle Bob Jul 5, 2012 04:55 PM

                            White Mountain....The Only Way To Churn!!!!

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                              Uncle Bob Jul 5, 2012 05:00 PM

                              Mmmmmmm Mmmmmmmm Good!

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