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Aug 19, 2012 02:27 AM

?? fluffy shaved ice with the KitchenAid attachment ??

I really miss the shaved ice desserts I would get in Singapore and Malaysia on my travels. The ice would be shaved so finely it was fluffy and light. Topped with simple syrups, sweet beans and corn, etc . . . drool.

I'd like to be able to make this at home. Looking at the shaved ice machines (eBay, Amazon, etc), it's clear that there are commercial ones available costing from a few hundred bucks to several thousand. And there are many models for consumers, which seem to range from $25-$80 or so. But the lower-priced ones all seem to give a course cut . . . the texture we all remember when we had snow-cones at a fair. This texture would not work with the recipes I want to try . . . the end result must be very fluffy to work for me.

I saw a disc made for a KitchenAid food processor. It's called the Cheese Grater & Ice Shaver. (Model KFP7PI ) Has anyone every used this? If so, how successful was it in shaving ice? I make desserts rarely enough so that I don't need a commercial-grade shaver, so an attachment like this would be perfect if it actually did work.

If not, any suggestions on a consumer-priced ice shaver that is in the Under-$60 range? Or is this an example of getting what you pay for, and it's just not possible to get fluffy fine shavings without paying a premium?

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  1. I believe it will work. A dual-sided disc (grater/slicer) came with my Kitchen Aid food processor. It grates cheese beautifully. When I shaved ice it seemed to work better on the slicer side. (But I think that’s bec the holes on the grater side were so tiny.) Since the holes on the attachment you’re looking at are much bigger it should work fine. If not, then return it.