Homemade Ice Cream Testers…
Meet the Kitchen Gadget Genie official Homemade Ice Cream Testers.
Every time I make a batch of homemade ice cream, David and I taste, then we take some to our friends Janna and Eddie, and I wait for their official tasting results! So far there hasn’t been a flavor that we haven’t liked.
We have so much fun being ice cream testers, but it’s also a hard job to have. First you have to create the recipe, then patiently make the ice cream, then David and I have to have the first bowls, travel to Janna and Eddie’s with the ice cream on ice, and then wait for the official tasting results! lol All this happens before I post a recipe on the blog…and did I mention our jobs come with a diet plan? There are hazards to our jobs.
I have 2 Ice Cream Makers, a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, and a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment.
I have found that the KitchenAid makes a little more ice cream and the Cuisinart is just perfect for making homemade ice cream for two.
Ice Cream is great all year round. I can’t imagine not having a piece of Real Texas Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving, Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream at Christmas or a good Chocolate Ice Cream and a movie!
Kitchen Gadget Genie has her own branded Ice Cream Spade. You can get your own Kitchen Gadget Genie Ice Cream Spade, just click on the hyperlink or picture.
I have been busy creating all kinds of different homemade Ice Cream Recipes, which you can try just by hovering over the ‘Recipes‘ tab at the top and hovering over ‘Ice Cream Recipes‘.
Feel free to try them all and if you have a favorite recipe, please send it to me and I’ll add it to our recipes.
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
I have found that patience is really important in making homemade ice cream. You need to make the ice cream mix and refrigerate it for several hours. I go ahead and refrigerate overnight to make sure it is really cold. You also need to place the ice cream bowl attachment in the freezer for several hours. I just keep it in the freezer all the time, this way whenever I’m ready to make ice cream, it’s ready. I have found placing the ice cream bowl attachment all the way in the back of the freezer, freezes it faster because it’s the coldest part of the freezer.
A couple of tips….
When you place the frozen ice cream tub on the base unit, you will then insert the ice cream paddle. Then place the clear lid and make sure that it locks into place. This locks the ice cream paddle in place while the frozen ice cream tub rotates. You will want to make sure that you turn on the machine before pouring your cold ice cream mix into the tub so the ice cream doesn’t start to freeze causing the tub to get stuck.
This machine does make a smaller amount, so only fill the tub about half way because as the ice cream freezes it will expand. I place the left-over ice cream mix back in the refrigerator and after I make one batch, I clean and refreeze the tub before making the remainder of my ice cream.
Another trick: I cut my ice cream recipe in half. If I am just wanting a dessert for the evening (even though I make the ice cream mix the night before) I will just make enough for the one dessert.
I also don’t try to mix in my added ingredients into the bowl with the paddle. I have found that it clumps up and over flows over the edge. It’s just easier to pull out the paddle and scrape all of the ice cream into a large bowl and fold in any added ingredients.
Make sure you don’t over mix the ice cream! Once the ice cream freezes, the friction from the paddle and having the bowl outside the freezer, the bowl starts to thaw out and working your ice cream will cause it to start to thaw out and melt. So you will want to watch your ice cream and when it is at the soft serve stage, remove it from the bowl, add any extra ingredients, put in an airtight container and get it in the freezer immediately. You will want to freeze for several hours. I always freeze overnight to make sure it’s nice and firm. I have the perfect Kitchen Gadget Genie Ice Cream serving Spade so no worries about hard ice cream.
Some reviews complain about the noise. It sounds just like you are mixing any other recipe, and I look at it this way…I’m in the kitchen busy making delicious food, so what’s 20 – 30 minutes of a mixing/grinding sound. I anticipate the delicious treat that is coming my way.
Clean up is a breeze too. Just take the paddle away from your husband, he says he’s just doing his job of cleaning the paddle. Wash all the parts in hot soapy water and leave it all to dry. I let the bowl totally thaw and dry, and wipe it out before placing back in the freezer. I have found that if any water is left in the bowl, it will freeze and the paddle won’t properly work. Also I don’t put in the dishwasher ever. I’m sure it will break the seal and the coolant that is in the bowl will leak out. I have read several reviews about the blue leaky stuff from the bowl. If you don’t put it in the dishwasher or leave it to soak overnight, you shouldn’t have any problems. I have had mine for a while now and have made many batches of delicious ice cream without a problem.
If something goes wrong with any Cuisinart product, they have fantastic customer service. I have had a Coffee Maker that started to leak. All I did was call customer service, gave them all the information and they sent me out a new coffee maker, no questions asked.
I give the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker a 5 thumbs up! It allows me to make smaller batches, is easy to clean up and is well worth the investment.
I will show you in this video how easy it is to use the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. The recipe I am making is homemade Fresh Peach Ice Cream, and you can find the recipe by hovering over the ‘Recipes‘ tab and hovering over ‘Ice Cream Recipes‘.