If you love homemade ice cream but hate the mess caused by rock salt and ice or the muscle power needed to crank, a freezer bowl ice cream maker may be just the answer you are looking for. To use one of these devices, you will have to pre-freeze the freezer bowl, add the preferred ingredients and turn on the machine.
In just a few minutes, it is possible to enjoy your favorite treat. These devices are also much easier to use and clean than old fashioned ice cream makers. Many are able to have the dessert ready to serve in less than half the time of a rock salt and ice machine.
Here are the top 5 freezer bowl ice cream maker models available today:-
Hamilton Beach Half Pint Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
This inexpensive ice cream maker is available in a choice of four different colors to match your kitchen decor. It comes with two freezer bowls, which you can use to make up to twelve ounces of ice cream without the hassle of using rock salt or crushed ice. Pre-freeze the bowl overnight, add the ingredients and in about ten minutes your sweet frozen treat is ready.
The unit produces only a small amount of dessert, but this ensures that there is no need to store leftovers. The freezer bowl can also serve as a serving dish for the ice cream or frozen yogurt
Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic Ice Cream Maker
This unit creates up to 1.5 quarts of frozen treats, the same size as most cartons bought in the store today. It only takes twenty minutes for the dessert to freeze. The instruction manual says the freezer bowl should be ready after eight hours in the freezer (but I fond it is better to leave it for at least 20 hours in the freezer.
This is to ensure that the liquid found between the walls is well and thoroughly frozen. The transparent top allows users to monitor the progress of the dessert being produced.
While the chamber chills the ingredients to the desired consistency, the paddle whips and churns air into the mix to make a dense, delicious and frozen product. Near the end of the cycle, you can add nuts, chocolate chips, fruit or other ingredients. The Cuisinart ICE-20 comes with a three year limited warranty and a recipe book.
Hamilton Beach 68320 Capacity Ice Cream Maker
The Hamilton Beach 68320 allows users to make a full 1.5 quarts of ice cream with a relatively inexpensive machine. The fully automatic machine requires no hand cranking and like similar machines in the category prepares ice cream quickly.
An outer bowl fits around the gel canister to prevent drips onto the counter-top. An opening at the top of the cover allows users to add their favorite mix-ins to the frozen treat towards the end of the freezing time.
Cuisinart ICE-30 BC Automatic Ice Cream Maker
This device offers a stainless steel housing and can freeze up to two quarts of dessert. The finished product is ready in as little as 20 minutes. It is also a great machine for creating your favorite frozen drinks.
From slushies for the kids or margaritas and daiquiris for the adults, the Cuisinart ICE-30 BC is perfect for your next backyard BBQ or birthday party. The device also includes a full three year warranty.
KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment
Many people already have KitchenAid stand mixers in their kitchen. The addition of the freezer-bowl accessory creates a whole new gadget. It attaches to the mixer and has its own mixing paddle.
The bowl can create two quarts of ice cream in 20-30 minutes. It is comparable in cost to the higher end Cuisinart machines.
These ice cream machines range in size, cost, ease of use, but they all share one common feature. They do not need any rock salt or crushed ice to create perfect desserts every single time.
Using any of these makes preparing ice cream, sorbets, yogurt an experience to look forward to always.
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