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Old 05-08-2005, 07:21 AM   #1
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Ice Cream Maker?

Anyone have one of these and if so, what one and do you like it? Is it worth the price and does the ice cream taste better than the store bought LC ones?

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Old 05-08-2005, 07:23 AM   #2
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I have a cuisinart and love it. I bought it at Bed, bath, and beyond. It was about $50. I am looking for new recipes all the time. You can use splenda or divinci syrup. Nothing is better than fresh icce cream on a hot summer day.
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:17 AM   #3
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ive been on a quest for a electric one also. i have one that ya put ice and salt in, my dh did it, but i didnt want to fuss with it, the ice cream rocks, when i was on atkins years ago i used the vanilla bean recipe, it was creamier and richer than ice cream, but wasnt a hardship to get use too . i really liked it,i just ordered the 1972 book on bay, i hope its in that one. i have never had homade before that, but it was worth it for me.i saw a strawberry recipe here with pics a few weeks ago and it looked so incredible.
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:55 AM   #4
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I also have a Cuisinart which I bought at Sam's a couple of years ago - happily it came with a free extra bowl.

I make homemade ice-cream more often in the summer.

However, that being said, I'm going to make some vanilla today for myself for Mothers' Day. I plan to top it with a strawberry and rhubarb stewed topping - yum!

The homemade icecream is a lot better than the store bought, in my opinion. I am careful though, because once you see how much cream and half and half goes into it, it makes you very calorie/fat conscious. Because I'm on maintenance I try not to overdo the fats, as I find that too much fat makes me gain a pound or two, and then I have to go back to eating no "extras" for a couple of weeks.

Anyway - I'd definitely recommend the Cuisinart. It's easy, quick and makes the best ice-cream. (Next month is strawberry season, and it's wonderful to make fresh strawberry ice-cream!)
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Old 05-08-2005, 03:47 PM   #5
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i just went to best buy and dh got me the silver cuisenart. the only thing is i have to freeze the bowl 12 hrs? jeeze . it said homemade ice cream in 20 to 30 min. lie.so i have tio wait to try it.any recipes?
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Old 05-08-2005, 08:49 PM   #6
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I also have the Cuisinart and I love it. I think the Krups one is pretty good too. I've used it but it belonged to a friend.
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Old 05-09-2005, 02:51 AM   #7
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Check out the ice cream thread in Past Amazing Posts - there are several good recipes in there!
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For recipes you can search this site for recipes.

Also, the Cuisinart machine comes with a booklet, which has recipes in it. I mostly use the simple vanilla ice-cream one that doesn't require eggs or cooking.
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:38 AM   #9
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Love my red Cuisinart, and definitely get the Ben & Jerry's book. You'll have to substitute the sugar, of course, but the recipes are otherwise very useful.

It's getting to be time to make ice cream again, yay! I came up with a blend of sweeteners that worked really well last year, but now that I've been introduced to my new pal Polly Dextrose I think it'll be even better. This is both a good and a bad thing.
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I have a cuisinart, but shop around because I think I found it for $39 at Lowe's. You just keep it in the freezer all the time and then whenever you want ice cream it only takes 15 minutes. I have a quick recipe that's just heavy cream and sweetener and flavoring, so you don't have to cook and chill it. It's not the best, but it's pretty good for that little time & work. I also add either a couple of tablespoons of vodka or a tablespoon of sugar free instant pudding powder to help the texture. My only problem with the cuisinart is that it doesn't chill evenly. The stuff in the middle is quite soft and the stuff on the outside is like icicles -- so there's quite a bit of waste. I'm looking forward to trying Linda Sue's new recipe!
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:51 PM   #11
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This thread has inspired me. I have a double batch of base chilling in the fridge right now. Half is mocha, and half is chocolate which will have cookie dough bits added into it.

I started off with CandidCam and Bassetmom's recipe from the polydextrose recipes thread. (Note, if you're looking for it, there's a mistake the first time the recipe is posted; the correct one is here.)

I used a slightly different sweetener mix, a pinch of this and a dab of that, but it adds up to about the same thing, I guess. I plonked in four squares of (Scott, avert your eyes) Baker's chocolate and a quarter cup of cocoa while it was all on the double boiler, and whisked it all together nice nice. Then I mixed half of it up with a quarter cup of instant coffee to make mocha. The other half will get the chocolate chip cookie dough.

Can't wait until tomorrow when it'll be ready to turn into ice cream!
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Old 05-10-2005, 09:49 PM   #12
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In case anybody is playing along at home, the ice cream was darn good. Scoopable, even right out of the freezer, and a huge hit with a group of very impressed non-low-carbers.

The only change I'll make next time is to use just a skosh less xanthan gum; it came out a little gummier than I'd prefer. But it's only noticeable at one stage of meltedness--this is a very minor quibble.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:22 PM   #13
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If money is no object, I would definitely get a machine with a compresser. Since we only have a top-mount freezer and nowhere to keep a chest freezer, I didn't want a machine with a big bowl taking up precious space for bulk meats, frozen veggies, and other LC items.

I have a $200 Lello Gelato Jr. machine (I believe the model # is 4070...but I might be wrong). Got it for Christmas from my DH. It weighs about 40lbs., but Amazon's free shipping can't be beat.

And the really awesome thing is that there is no wait time between 1qt. batches, since it automatically chills each batch in about 30 minutes, so a person can make batch, after batch, after batch...YUM!



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