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Old 11-24-2018, 02:53 AM
 
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I thought to ask this after reading the thread about how best to use fresh produce. I love fruit ice cream and sorbet, but I don't have an ice cream maker and would really like to get one eventually. What brand/type do any of you guys have and what do you think of it?

I have a KitchenAid and have seen the ice cream maker attachment, which would be simplest for me, but it doesn't get very good reviews.

I'm also open to low-tech, non-machine options if you have knowledge I lack.
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:00 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I have a Donvier, works great.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:04 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Cuisinart usually gets top ratings among popularly priced ice cream machines.

I have never used this machine, but it is the one I would buy. An ice cream maker is something I simply cannot have in the house, or I would weigh 300 pounds. There are better or more expensive models, of course.

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/prod...Freezer%20Bowl

I would never buy anything by KitchenAid again. Their blender melted where the jar meets the base while I was making hummus, and they wanted $25 for a box in which I could send it back to them. They wouldn't let me use the original container, which I still had.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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I am not happy with my Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment.
Best ice cream maker ai have ever used was a White Mountain with a wood bucket and a hand crank.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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We have the Kitchen Aid. I have no complaints, but we don't make ice cream often.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I have a Cuisinart, I have used it 3 times in the last 6 years.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I have a Cuisinart and have no complaints, I use it regularly. I particularly like making sorbets and knowing exactly what goes into them. If you have one nearby, check Bed, Bath, & Beyond, with their frequently sent coupons of 20-25% off you can pick one up quite reasonably.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I too have a Cuisinart, this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003KYSLMW .

OK, actually I have 2 of those, because when I moved to this house in 2012 I couldn't find my original one and summer was coming and OF COURSE I had to have an ice cream maker ... so now I have 2 of them.

In the summer I typically make various fruit sorbets every 2-3 weeks. My favorites are raspberry, watermelon, cherry, lemon, and ... well, who am I kidding, I love 'em all! I also make ice cream -- vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate chip. (I have very plain taste in ice cream.)

I bought several extra freezer bowls for the Cuisinart (they are like $20 each but SO worth it!) so I always have a couple of extra bowls in the freezer so I can have ice cream any time I want! Gotta love that.
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Old 11-24-2018, 11:06 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions. Being sick this week made me crave sorbet and in summer we have so much fresh fruit and a local dairy so I can get very fresh dairy. (Best egg nog ever in winter.) I think this is the year I have to get a machine and go for it.

White Mountain no doubt would be the best but it's way out of my price range. I'm sorry to hear bad things about KitchenAid. I got my mixer back when they were still built like tanks and I can't believe some of the stuff I get that machine to do. Ice cream just won't be one of them. I'm super pleased you guys like Cuisinart and those are some nice prices you linked to. Good tip on the extra bowls, but I wouldn't have anything else in the freezer! Not sure why I should, but I can picture the H making a protest.

And yes I do have a big handful of those BBB coupons.
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Old 11-24-2018, 11:48 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I too have a Cuisinart, this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003KYSLMW .

OK, actually I have 2 of those, because when I moved to this house in 2012 I couldn't find my original one and summer was coming and OF COURSE I had to have an ice cream maker ... so now I have 2 of them.

In the summer I typically make various fruit sorbets every 2-3 weeks. My favorites are raspberry, watermelon, cherry, lemon, and ... well, who am I kidding, I love 'em all! I also make ice cream -- vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate chip. (I have very plain taste in ice cream.)

I bought several extra freezer bowls for the Cuisinart (they are like $20 each but SO worth it!) so I always have a couple of extra bowls in the freezer so I can have ice cream any time I want! Gotta love that.

Since you like fruit sorbets I thought you might like to try this one, it's one of my favorites:


Blackberry Sorbet
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup water
24 oz. fresh blackberries
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1Tbsp Blackberry Brandy/Whiskey
Makes about 1 quart of sorbet
Make the simple syrup
Combine the sugar and water in a medium-sized saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Let it boil for maybe 2 minutes, just to be sure that all the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the pot from the heat. Cool the mixture to room temperature, then pop it in the fridge (or freezer, if you want to hurry it along) to chill it completely.
Puree the blackberries and simple syrup
When your simple syrup is completely chilled, you’re ready to make your sorbet. Grab your blackberries. Pick through them quickly and discard any that are bruised or otherwise suspect looking.
Put about half of the berries in the blender.
Pour in about half of the chilled simple syrup.
Puree on high for maybe 30 seconds, until the berries are completely liquified.
Strain the blackberry mixture
Set a strainer over a large bowl. Pour the blackberry mixture through the strainer
Blend and strain the remaining blackberries and simple syrup. Then pour the lemon juice into the strained mixture. Stir to combine.
Add 1 TBSP Blackberry Brandy/Whiskey
Freeze the sorbet mixture
Because you chilled the simple syrup, your mixture should still be fairly cold. Pour it into your ice cream maker. Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


If you like coconut, check out Post #4 in this thread:Coconut cream ice cream in an old fashioned ice cream maker?


for a ridiculously easy coconut ice cream that always gets great reviews from anyone I give it to.
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