On a hot summer’s day there is nothing better than to be able to cool down with beautifully flavored cold ice cream, but if you have a family of four kids and you and your partner want one as well it can get quite expensive. It can get doubly expensive when everybody wants another one.
The answer is to buy your own ice cream maker. They are not expensive to buy and if you get a good one it will pay for itself very quickly, after which you only ever have the cost of the raw materials. What’s more, you can have great fun playing around with different flavorings. I’ve been looking at some of the models on the market and found one that I think is really good, so here is my Cuisinart ICE-30BC review.
The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence is not a big machine, measuring only 11¼ inches high x 8” x 8¼”, so will not take up a lot of space on your counter. Nonetheless it will make as much as two quarts of ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt in 25 to 35 minutes.
The machine base is made of brushed stainless steel, so looks very nice. It also has rubber feet which means that it will not slip around on the counter when it is working, and the cord pushes into the base of the machine when not in use, which keeps everything tidy. It has a heavy duty motor which is powerful enough to mix ice cream, yoghurt, sorbet, frozen drinks and sherbet.
The freezer bowl features a double insulated wall with cooling liquid contained inside it and ensures that the contents stay cool and are quickly and evenly frozen. The mixing arm mixes and aerates the ingredients.
There is an ingredients spout through which you pour the basic ingredients once the machine is set up and you can also add extras such as nuts, fruit, or chocolate chips. There is also a clear easy-lock lid so that you can keep an eye on the contents as the process continues.
Simple To Use
Using the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence is really extremely simple. First, the mixing bowl needs to be frozen, so has to be placed in the freezer. Depending on how cold your freezer is this will take between six and 22 hours. Most users keep the freezer bowl in the freezer permanently, so that it is always ready for use. In order to check whether the freezer bowl is ready, simply shake it. If you cannot hear any liquid moving about then it is frozen and ready to go.
Now place the freezer bowl into the machine and place the mixing arm into the bowl with the circle side up. Note that you must use the machine immediately, because the freezer bowl will start to defrost as soon as it is taken out of the freezer. Pop the lid on to the base; the easy-lock system means that it will lock on in several different positions.
Now turn the machine on by turning the on/off switch to the ON position and the freezer bowl will begin to turn. Immediately pour the ingredients into the bowl via the ingredients spout; However, nuts, chocolate chips, and so on, should not be added until the mixture is beginning to get firmer – about five minutes before the end.
Don’t fill the freezer bowl to more than inch from the top as the ingredients increase in volume as the mixer paddle aerates them.
Frozen drinks and desserts will be done in 25 to 35 minutes, depending partly on the recipe, but also on the volume of mixture that you are making. The ice cream is ready when it reaches a soft serve consistency. However, if you prefer it firmer, simply remove the freezer bowl from the machine and place it back in the freezer.
That is really all there is to it; it couldn’t be much simpler.
Not Dishwasher Safe
One thing to note is that the parts are not rated as dishwasher safe, so you need to wash them by hand. Furthermore, the top is acrylic, so will scratch if you use anything abrasive to clean it. The motor is also a little noisy when running, but perhaps not as noisy as a blender.
When you have finished washing the bowl it is best to place it in a plastic bag before putting it back into the freezer in order to avoid freezer burn. Of course, another slight disadvantage – depending on your point of view – is that it does take up some space in the freezer, meaning less room for other foods. You can always store it elsewhere in the kitchen, but you then need to find some space in the freezer for it anyway in order to chill it; this also means that you need to plan your ice cream making a day or so ahead.
Cuisinart also make a smaller machine, the ICE 21, but even if you only have a small family it is always best to get the bigger one if you can afford it, since you never know when visitors will drop by unexpectedly. With a capacity of two quarts the bigger ICE 30BC will provide enough ice cream, yoghurt or sorbet for a group of several people at a barbecue. The machine also comes with a recipe book from Cuisinart which one user described as really very good indeed, since she usually found that manufacturer’s recipes were not very good.
Of course, another advantage of the Pure Indulgence is that you can play around with recipes of your own. You can even add alcoholic drinks and have, say, whiskey, gin, or brandy flavored ice cream! You can’t buy that in the supermarket!
Pros And Cons
Pros of the Cuisinart ICE 30BC Pure indulgence ice cream maker:
- Rubber feet, so it won’t slip about the counter when in use.
- Makes ice cream very quickly.
- Also makes yoghurt, sorbet, sherbet and frozen drinks.
- Takes up very little space on the counter.
- Cord stores in the base of the machine.
The Cuisinart ICE 30BC Pure Indulgence ice cream maker is a great machine that makes ice cream very quickly. You can add your own flavorings and experiment with different ingredients. After the initial cost of purchase, if you have a family that is keen on ice cream you will save a lot of money. It is definitely a worthwhile investment.