What seems like a winter that would not end, is finally giving way to some beautiful weather here in Southern Ontario. Today it’s about 32 Celsius, but with the humidity if feels more like 38 Celsius, so this usually means it’s time to break out the trusty old ice cream maker we got a couple years back, for some frozen delights. If you recall the coconut ice cream recipe I shared with you last summer “A Vintage Trinbagonian Coconut Ice Cream Recipe” you’ll know that we’ve got one of those “pail” type ice cream makers, with the small motor on top which moves the container with the liquid, surrounded by chunks of ice. To finally freeze the custard-like liquid inside.
Now don’t get me wrong, some would argue that these types of ice cream makers are the best, but it’s not as convenient as some of the more modern ones. My dad would say that the best one for him would be those wooden pail ones, that you had to hand-crank. Like the one in the picture to the left (White Mountain Ice Cream Maker). By the way, if you’re old school like my dad or looking for some exercise, you can click on the picture to buy one. I’m sure many of you would have some good childhood memories of this type of vintage ice cream maker, like I do.
If it’s convenience and versatility you’re looking for, then you may want to get your hands on the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker ICE-30BC that I asked for this Father’s Day! Lets hope someone was listening! Here’s why I made this the gadget of the week for June. Yea, I realize that I should title it gadget of the month.. Oh well!
Looks sexy eh! Attractively styled and simple to use, Cuisinart’s ICE-30BC efficiently yields up to 2 quarts of frozen yogurt, sorbet, or soft-serve ice cream in as little as 25 minutes.
The 9-inch square brushed stainless-steel base houses the heavy-duty motor, bottom cord storage, and the black and chrome on/off dial. The 2-quart capacity freezer bowl has a smooth metallic silver-toned inner cavity and a deep gray hard plastic exterior with an outer diameter of 7.5 inches. Complete assembly of the unit takes only minutes, but fully freezing the cooling liquid within the freeing bowl’s double insulated walls can take from 6 to 28 hours prior to use, depending on your freezer temperature. Thoroughly freezing the canister is the key to successful results. We suggest storing the bowl in your freezer to ensure quick and easy use of your ice cream maker.
Once frozen, the bowl seats perfectly into a cylindrical opening in the base. A gray plastic mixing arm fits into the bowl and a transparent lid locks into place with an easy twist. Once assembled, a simple half turn of the dial starts the motor and the frozen bowl begins to turn. A 3-foot cord conveniently allows flexibility in positioning the base on your table or counter and a 3-inch top opening in the lid serves as a spout for adding your pre-mixed recipe ingredients.
The churning motor “hums” audibly–but not excessively–during use and features an automatic safety shutoff to prevent overheating. The clear lid allows easy viewing and monitoring of the mixing process. Soft-serve mixtures are deliciously ready in minutes and firmer consistency is easily accomplished with a few hours in your freezer. Numerous recipes are included.
I can only imagine making up a batch or two of rum and raisin (my fave) or how about some mango pineapple ice cream this summer. But wait, for you frozen sorbet lovers like Tehya and Indy, you won’t be left out. Yes, this bad boy makes Sorbet and frozen yogurt as well. I’ll just have to find some recipes or make some concoction of my own.
To own one of these Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker ICE-30BC, click on the link below. They’re reasonably priced and comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Convenient, durable, and actually a lot of fun, the Cuisinart’s ICE-30BC churns out homemade ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt you, your family and friends will enjoy during those beautiful days of summer.
If you already own one of these ice cream makers, I’d love to get your feedback on it. What you like, dislike and overall performance (if you don’t mind). Leave me a comment below in the area provided. I will do the same once I get mine on Father’s Day morning and have time to put it to use… lets hope they were listening!
p.s. This makes a great gift as well!