Which ice cream maker
I had a cusinart one a while ago did not love it. What is the best one around?
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...
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...
I splurged on the Whynter Sno based on the Cooks' recommendation.
The good news is, it worked.
The bad news is, I returned it. Twice. I had the same issues with both my original purchase, and its replacement.
Well, pull up a chair and I'll tell you my tale.
The packaging the machine arrived in was inadequate. Very soft cardboard came with numerous tears and large hole punctures. Cardboard was not strong enough to withstand carrying using the hand grab cutouts, and tore the box even more.
Even before I opened the box, you could hear a metallic rattling in the box. The packing is really, really insecure.
When I turned on the unit for the first time, it beeped constantly. There is no explanation for what the beeping means, neither in the manual nor on the company's webpage. I called customer service, and was told that the beeping could mean the motor was damaged in transit, and that I should get a replacement from Amazon. (Which I did, and I experienced the same issue).
The unit itself had a very cheap look. The unit's logo sticker was peeling off. The cutouts of the plastic housing appeared roughly cut. There appeared to be what looked like rust developing on the part that connects the motor to the base.
The bottom line is that although each of the two units worked the one time I used each one, I have no faith at all that these machines will survive beyond a few months, or weeks. I returned them both.
If I'm paying upwards of $200 for an appliance, I need to be assured that these are going to last me for many years to come. I just didn't have any confidence that would be the case with the Whynter Sno unit.
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!
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.
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.