A high-quality ice cream maker is easy to use, versatile enough to make all sorts of creations, and it makes satisfying ice cream in minimal time.
I like the Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker because I can have fresh ice cream in under 60 minutes with minimal prep work, it’s easy to clean, and it makes a wide array of frozen treats.
Though it’s more expensive than most ice cream makers (currently $256.99 at Amazon and $299 at The Home Depot), it doesn’t require pre-freezing any parts and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
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There are a lot of painful, labor-intensive ways to make homemade ice cream, and I think I’ve tried them all.
I experimented with a ball that you’re supposed to pour your ingredients into and roll around until you give up and drink the batter. I’ve evaluated a crank churner, which is mainly designed for people who want a second helping of “arm day.” And I’ve even tested an attachment for my stand mixer that requires significant freezer space.
None of these options are as quick and effortless as the Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker.
For nearly half a century, Connecticut-based Cuisinart has produced cookware, ovenware, kitchen tools, and kitchen accessories. I tested the company’s top-of-the-line ice cream maker and was impressed with its versatility and minimal pre-planning.
Specs for the Cuisinart ICE-100
The Cuisinart ICE-100 has a compressor so there’s no need to freeze the mixing bowl, paddle, or any other parts before using it. Two kneading paddles allow you to switch seamlessly between ice cream and gelato. And to get you started, the unit comes with a recipe book featuring dozens of recipes for ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and more.
It’s small enough to fit on your counter under the cabinets with dimensions of 16.7 inches deep by 12 inches wide by 9.3 inches high. The housing material is made of stainless steel for a nice, clean appearance. The transparent lid that covers the mixing bowl features a mix-in opening where you can add ingredients without stopping the churning.
You control the appliance using a touchpad with a blue LCD. It’s fairly basic, offering only time adjustments, an on/off button, and a start/stop button.
The Cuisinart ICE-100 has a limited three-year warranty, and if you purchase it from The Home Depot, you’re covered by a 90-day return policy.
Setting up the ice cream maker was simple. After removing all of the packaging, I washed the mixing bowl, paddle, and lid with soap and warm water. This only took a few minutes.
Then I put the mixing bowl in the machine. For the system to work correctly, the bowl …read more
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