I got mine for $50 on Black Friday a few years ago from a store that was local to where I lived at the time. Hopefully $70, the current price in the link given, is within your budget. If not, you might be able to find one secondhand. As of right now, there are a few on ebay for $20-$30. Just make sure all 4 parts are included: base with working motor, bowl, white plastic paddle for churning, and clear plastic cover to hold the paddle in place against the rotating bowl.
Yeah.. I know that ordinary ice cream essentially has to be stirred as it freezes (the machines are pretty cheap on amazon / ebay).. but I'm pretty sure that even then - without adding sugar & fat, it'll turn hard as a rock in the freezer, just as you say.
I suspect that if it's possible to create a stable, scoopable frozen yogurt without relying on sugar & fat, you need some sort of trickery to stabilize it.. perhaps xanthian gum, erythritol, and some other compounds?
Sounds like my brother-in-law. His kid was visiting us earlier this year and had some of my homemade ice cream. He promptly went home and got an ice cream maker and now he and his dad are going to town with it.
I'm sure they bought some fancy machine, but I have this Cuisinart and it works great!
You seem to be missing an ice cream maker. This is one of my best purchases of the last 10 years - I wish I bought one sooner. You can go hog wild and get a fancy one (if you have the space for it) or get this simple, inexpensive, relatively small-footprint, freeze-the-bowl one from Cuisinart. Works like a charm.
I've gifted it twice and talked 5 or 6 people into buying one (I just talked about how great the ice cream is and they got excited to try one) so we now have a little ice cream cult.
Buy this ice cream maker. It's the kind where you have to freeze the bowl, but it's inexpensive and works great. One of the best purchases I've ever made. It's also nice to have freezer storage containers that are designed for ice cream.
Oops. I guess you are right, though I never think about the crust part of tart tatin - it gets soft and wet and hidden anyhow ;)
I have this ice cream maker. It's fairly cheap. It's the kind where you freeze the bowl. I've had it for 4 or 5 years and it's my favorite purchase of all time!
I have essentially the older version of one of the 2nd and 3rd Cuisinarts you listed. I'm in the US. It's this one. I've given two as gifts and talked five people into buying one. Everyone loves theirs. You don't say in your question what "appropriate" means. Certainly your decision should be made by what you are trying to accomplish. Example: the Cuisinarts with the freezer bowl only allow you to make approximately one batch every 24 hours (from zero frozen bowl, it takes 48 hours to freeze it - when you make a batch and throw the bowl immediately into the freezer, it should be properly frozen in 24 hours).
As for freezing at the bottom of the bowl - that doesn't happen. You may end up with a layer of ice cream frozen all over the bowl, but just scrape it off and in with the rest of the finished ice cream. If you did mix-ins, the part stuck to the bowl will likely not include them. I often just scrape that part into a separate small container - it's not much - and just snack on it.
Oh do I have a plan for you! You need an ice cream maker. I have this one with a freezer bowl. Super simple and works like a charm. I'm old and have only had mine for 6 years or so. I wish I had one at 30. It's really one of the best things ever. I've gifted two of them and talked about five people into buying one. Everyone loves it and we have our own little ice cream clan now ;)
I've had this simple, relatively cheap Cuisinart for 6 years and it's still going strong and does everything I need. I've gifted two of them and talked 5 people into buying one. We have our own little ice cream club now and everyone loves it!
Others have suggested Greek Yogurt. I'd like to build on that to say get you a cheap ($60-70) ice cream maker and use it to make frozen yogurt with the Greek Yogurt. Fun to eat, yummy, and lots of protein.
Might I suggest the purchase of an ice cream maker ;) Maybe not in time for your friend's birthday, but sometime in the near future. I bought this freezer bowl variety maybe 5 years ago and I kick myself for not having bought one earlier. I have gifted two of them and talked 5 friends/colleagues into buying one! No one has been disappointed. In case it isn't obvious, I am now an ice cream zealot.
I have this basic Cuisinart where you have to freeze the bowl. They are still selling the old model and even America's Test Kitchen says to buy it instead of the new one (which is not just more expensive - it has a bigger footprint for no reason).
I got it maybe 6 years ago and it has changed my life. I kick myself for not buying it earlier. You need to buy one NOW. I have gifted this twice and talked 4 or 5 other people into buying one. No one regrets it for one second.
I'm diabetic, so this allows me to make ice cream that is low enough in carbs that I can eat it. I do this by cutting way back on the sugar. Less sugar in ice cream makes it much harder and a bit icier, but I pull it out 20 minutes before serving and it works great.
I'm pretty basic. I semi-follow recipes and don't go too crazy - but that's mainly the diabetes talking - I can't have caramels and cookies and candies and that kind of stuff mixed in. I can do fruits, nuts and chocolate and that's mostly what I make.
Everyone needs an ice cream maker (unless you don't like ice cream).
I've had mine for 5 or 6 years and wish I had bought one decades ago! I've gifted two and talked 4 or 5 other people into buying one. It's the greatest ever! I have this fairly inexpensive Cuisinart where you freeze the bowl. Not sure if it's available in the UK, but it works perfectly as far as I'm concerned and it's proof you don't need to get too fancy.
I have the fairly inexpensive Cuisinart where you freeze the bowl. They are still selling the older model. Even America's Test Kitchen says there is no reason to get the newer model - it performs the same and has a larger footprint.
I'm going to say - don't put it off. I've only had my ice cream maker for 5 or 6 years and every time I make ice cream, I'm kicking myself for not buying one earlier! I have the fairly inexpensive Cuisinart where you freeze the bowl. It honestly works great.
I've given two as gifts and talked three people into buying one. Everyone is thrilled and now we have our own little ice cream cult ;)
I use this one. There's essentially 2 options for ice cream makers: countertop ones with built in cooling. These are super big and expensive. And frozen bowl ones that go in your freezer prior to mixing. I use this one cause it's much much cheaper. Super easy to make ice cream. I suggest looking into salt and straw's book. It's also pretty cheap and they use a xantham gum base instead of a egg custard base, so it's almost foolproof to do. If you like to cook and want to get that custard ice cream, then I would also suggest Van Leeuwen's book. It's great, french styled ice creams.
I'm just going to say that you need to buy this $70 ice cream maker (yes it's the older model, but it's perfect as is). I bought mine about 5 years ago and every time I make ice cream I wish I had bought one decades ago.
Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt ICE-21P1 Ice Cream Maker, Qt, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TB6XV1PSACN81AVSVT1T
After buying this, we have never bought ice cream again. Really simple, easy to use, and SO yummy! :)
An ice cream maker - my life changed on a dime when I got one. What the hell was I thinking - decades without homemade ice cream? Since I bought mine (8-ish years ago), I've gifted 3 and talked about 6 people into buying one. To this day, everyone still loves them and it's always a topic of conversation among the gang.
I have a cheap, small Cuisinart with the bowl that has to go in the freezer. I'm really fond of it because it doesn't take up much space in the kitchen. But your aunt could add ice cream storage containers, a good ice cream soup and dessert bowls to the mix. There are much fancier machines, but they take up a ton of space.
I've gifted this twice and talked about 6 people into buying one. No one has been disappointed!
I got this Cuisinart ice cream maker. about $70 US. One of the cheaper ice cream makers from a respectable brand near me. They get crazy expensive quickly. I enjoy cooking so it's a fun summer project. Just hoping it's not something I use a lot for 2 months and then just sits in the closet.
They really are something! Got inspiration from an anime actually 😂 I do have one! Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt ICE-21P1 Ice Cream Maker, Qt, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QJ7Y17MEYP9FMDYT8384?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Yes. You don’t need salt or ice. It’s a water lined bucket that you freeze. It’s $44 on amazon but this is the model I have that I bought at bed, bath and beyond years ago
Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xwrJDb0ZK7NRH
Ah yeah that makes a difference. I have this Cuisinart one that works great for 2-3 serving batches...even though the recipes that came with it said it could hold like 6 cups?? 3 seems to be a comfortable max imo but its just me and my husband so small batches works best for us.
Anyone on here have any suggestions for affordable ice cream makers? I want to try making my own ice cream flavors, but I won’t do it frequently enough to justify spending hundreds on the machine. I’ve stumbled upon this model. Does anyone have experience using this model or any suggestions for other ice cream makers? Thank you in advance!
Is there a way to disinvent mosquitoes???
Yeah that's understandable! This is their recommended affordable ice cream maker and it's served me well for only ~$40! I actually got mine from Williams Sonoma with the extra freezer bowl and the new customer 15% off but it seems they don't have it available right now. Just make sure you freeze the bowl long enough (I have always done a day but 12 hrs might be enough) and you should be good to go.
A cheap ice cream maker can be used as a small batch mixer. I use something like this for mixing 300g batches of supplements. I bought mine from a second hand store for $5. I also use some silica packets secured to the top to dry everything while it's mixing.
Dude. If you have a kitchenaide, just get the ice cream insert or one of these
Sorbet is stupid easy to make and fresh is much better than the grocery stuff, even higher end brands from Whole Foods.
Got nice peaches? Blend them whole with some fresh squeezed lime juice and drop into the machine. Turn on and walk away. Transfer to the freezer when churned and eat the next morning. The result is amazing.
Less pulpy fruit than peaches will require water and/or sugar, but it's still absolutely worth it.
I have had mine for about 6 years and have been very happy with it.
They probably exist. With that said, have you thought about a more traditional ice cream maker? They are MUCH smaller, simpler to use and are generally dishwasher safe.
In case you didn't already know, soft serve (prior to its ice cream form) is basically just a thick cream that gets poured into the machine. The machine then whips and churns it into the thicker soft serve ice cream you're familiar with. That said, I'm willing bet that even the smaller soft serve machines have a minimum capacity of a gallon or so. Do you intend on eating ALL of the ice cream each time you use the machine? Because if not, you need to empty/clean it out to avoid bacteria growth or milk spoilage.
If I were you, I'd look into something like THIS: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker - Amazon
This is the one I have. About $50. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=twister_B01H1T6HTK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
You freeze the container and take it out when ready. Pretty easy. I think my problem was that for the first time I froze it in my cheapo garage freezer which doesn't seem to get as cold as my kitchen freezer. That, with perhaps a lower freezing temp due to all the oils made it not set the same as standard ice cream recipes.
Dude, I am so sorry. I do have a bit of a solution though. Buy an ice cream maker(I recommend this one) then add you chocolate goop to the ice cream! Medicated ice cream!
Oh god please... What is, in your opinion, the best recipe someone at home can use to make delicious homemade ice cream in something like this? A custard recipe? Just old fashioned uncooked cream with milk and sugar?
Thanks for making amazing ice cream!
Seems the same as this one but with an extra bowl: https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Quart-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW With the bowl on Amazon it's about $71. So this doesn't seem much like a deal at all.
Whoa, this is a really well made website. I'd love to see a comparison of making ice cream with the ice cream maker that serious eats recommends v.s. the Chefsteps dry ice method
I'm pretty sure it's the cover for one of Cuisinart's ice cream makers, though this model doesn't appear to have the "dots" on it: https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Quart-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW
I got it off amazon.
Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9dFfBbE33TNZT
I finally broke down and decided to make vanilla ice cream and went with this Serious Eats recipe. It's phenomenal. I see no reason you couldn't do the no-ice cream maker method that your recipe describes. Though to be perfectly honest, it's worth it to invest $70 for this ice cream maker.
Nice build. But after seeing that I don't at all regret having bouth this for $50 a few years ago.
My ice cream maker. There's a recent Serious Eats article hyping it up. I've had mine for about 5 years and wish I bought it way before that. It's the best thing ever ;)
I wouldn't buy a $660 ice cream maker to 'break even', I'd buy a $60-$70 one if I were really concerned about that.
A 1.5 Qt Cuisinart that I got for cheap off fb marketplace
I'm actually working on a blog about this so here goes.
What separates ice cream from a block of frozen milk and cream is the lack of ice crystals (I'm over simplifying, there's also air and other factors).
So when making ice cream you want to cool the mixture in such a way to minimize ice crystals.
The most common way to do this at home is by using a device like this one (https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Quart-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW/s) which has a bowl you freeze 24 hours before hand in the freezer and then pour your ice cream mixture. As it rotates, it freezes and agitates the mixture (to inject air and minimize ice crystals). You get a soft serve like ice cream in about 30 mins and then put it in the freezer to harden.
More expensive machines have a built-in compressor that cools the bowl actively so you don't need to freeze it before hand but cost a couple hundred dollars (https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-100-Compressor-Cream-Gelato/dp/B006UKLUFS).
BTW I'm not endorsing any of the machines in this reply just linking to these devices as examples.
There are some other ways to do this without any fancy equipment. You can put the mixture in the freezer and then just stir it yourself every 15-30 mins until it hardens. Or there's the "bag in bag" method, where you just use two ziploc bags (the outer one filled with ice and the inner one with your ice mixture).
Finally there's a whole different approach that gets rid of the ice crystal by pulverizing them. The most common way to do this is to use a blender. Combine some ice and your mixture into a powerful blender to create ice cream (it will be like soft serve or a really stiff smoothie). Another way to do this is using the Ninja Creami or Pacojet, which takes frozen block of milk and cream and pulverizes the heck of it (and injects air) to create ice cream.
All of the above methods should be google-able. Not sure how much you want to spend but if you're just getting into ice cream in general the best place to start would be conventional cuisinart rotating freezer bowl I mentioned at the start. It's cheap and common and easy to find recipes. My personal favorite these days though is the Creami because it seems to be very forgiving if you're making lower calorie or ice creams with non-standard ingredients.
This Cuisinart one. My dude got it for me for Christmas 2019 and I’ve used it so much!
It's a Cuisinart. I got it at Costco, but they have the same model on Amazon for a few bucks more.
Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wGzGBbZ4AD2XH
Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt Ice cream maker, Qt, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jvZEFb56097SF
I bought this 1.5 qt ice cream maker back in February: https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Quart-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3EYTOY4ZK5Q4N&dchild=1&keywords=cuisinart+ice+cream+maker&qid=1595292965&sprefix=cuisinart+ice%2Caps%2C225&sr=8-3 , for $40(It's crazy it's now $87)
My recipe is basically put all the ingredients in a blender:
2 cups of frozen raspberries, or strawberries(like half a bag), or 1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
either 1 tsp vanilla, or 1 TBS for vanilla ice cream
then fill the blender up to 32 oz with Half and Half
Blend, put in ice cream maker, wait 20 minutes, put in mini chocolate morsels, or chopped almonds, enjoy
It's sometimes a good idea to refrigerate the ingredients to help the freezing process, especially in the summer. If it's too soft for you, put it in the freezer for a bit.
Raspberry chocolate chip, or strawberry chocolate chip are my favorites
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Budget is the first factor, "good" being a little dependent.
The best machine under $50 is the Cuisinart ICE-21. If you have a few extra dollars, buy a second bowl and double your capacity. You can make very decent ice cream with this machine. Start here. Downside: need to freeze in advance, not as absolutely cold as possible for maximum smoothness.
If you have the budget, the next step up is a compressor machine. Again, Cuisinart makes the best home machine for the money, the ICE-100. For a fancier, but still home machine at double the cost, the common recommendation is for the Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop, though I think it is not really a better machine. All compressor machines will take up more space but offer no-prep (and usually better) freezing. Many of the features offered on other models, I find, do not significantly contribute value.
After that, it's small professional models, which she should probably pick herself after definitely deciding she wants to continue down this rabbit hole.
TL;DR - Start with a cheap machine (ICE-21) with an extra bowl.
Alright check this out. I've got this $45 ice cream maker.
Here's the recipe I used here:
Throw it all in your blender, then dump it in the ice cream maker.
For the topping, I left a little bit of the yogurt blend in the blender and added a quarter of this protein bar, which is really, really good. (90 calories, 6g protein)
A couple notes: - You can also add an egg yolk to the froyo for a creamier consistency. - The Erythritol is important because it prevents ice crystals from forming. It plays the same role here that sugar plays in ice cream.
EDIT: OH, and the yield was twice as much as is pictured. :)
I'll post some of my wife's snack food recipe's when I get home. Low carb cookie's and stuff like that. This link has been a good resource: https://imgur.com/TUJSkVn
https://lowcarbyum.com/low-carb-crock-pot-roast-beef-recipe/ this one is also good bc you can really put any veggies in that you want.
There's only two of us, so I usually freeze half of each meal that i make in the crock pot, then you have an easy meal a week or so later too.
Here are some low carb ice cream recipe's too. https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/20-low-carb-keto-ice-cream-recipes/ We bought anice cream maker like this one, which makes it super easy: https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Quart-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1518119266&sr=1-5&keywords=ice+cream+maker&dpID=41jGxV8aDPL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Thank you! It looks like the closest I can find on Amazon is the ice-21. Must give this a try!
I bought an ice cream maker.
Sure, it's more work than buying, but it's so easy to make up my own flavors now that i've gotten the hang of it.
idea 1: photo canvases Sometimes photo canvases can be less than $100 (here's a good coupon). You need a good hq photo, though.
idea 2: ice cream maker + accessories Does she like ice cream? My wife likes to make ice cream, and this ice cream maker is her favorite (we've tried several kinds, big and small).
and the secret to making excellent ice cream is this book: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. As I said, my wife makes a lot of it, and this is hands down the best recipe book. Everyone you know will flip out at how good the ice cream is... seriously. Other related ice cream gifts -- this spatula/spreader is excellent. And getting some paper ice cream containers like these (I've found them cheaper elsewhere) makes it look 'professional'.
Does she have other interests (sports, books, crafts, tv shows?)
If you have the money for the initial purchase (this makes an awesome Christmas gift :D), combine A with B and enjoy. There are simpler ice cream recipes, but I think a good heavy cooked base is an excellent option. I like to slice a good quality chocolate bar into the thinnest of curls and mix those in. Only an occasional treat (our freezer isn't big enough to have the bowl in all that often, and it's not a healthy snack by any means), but I love it when I make it, and it's a good way to impress guests. :D "Yes, I made this myself."