Aug 20, 2012 - Gadgets, Ice Cream, Review    No Comments

Kitchen Gadgets Review: Ice Cream Maker Attachment by KitchenAid

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker

We love ice cream and eat it a lot. The only down side, I haven’t found a flavour which tastes amazing and isn’t overloaded with sugar, fat, artificial additives and preservatives. I decided it was time to start making my own. As I absolutely LOVE my KitchenAid stand mixer, I was delighted to discover the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment. It consists of a bowl, paddle/dasher and drive assembly, all at a reasonable cost of £70/$100.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Parts

Assembly
It is very quickly and easily put together. Just screw in the bowl, slide the drive assembly onto the motor head and place the dasher into the bowl. The ice cream gets churned while the dasher rotates inside the freeze bowl, spreading, scraping and mixing the ice cream.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Drive Assembly

What I think?

Genius. I absolutely love it as it works perfectly. I can finally freeze my favourite flavours starting with raspberry-vanilla-greek-yogurt followed by coconut-lime-greek-yogurt, the choice is unlimited.

Another bonus, the ice cream maker attachment saved me from having to buy another gadget for my already over crowded kitchen surface.

Guidelines
There are several rules which must be followed to achieve top results:

  • Freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours. I prefer to keep mine permanently in the freezer, dedicating a whole drawer for my ice cream addiction.
  • Ensure the ice cream batter is properly chilled before pouring it into the bowl as otherwise it will only reach a slushy consistency.
  • Turn the mixer on BEFORE you start pouring in the batter. It will freeze the second it touches the bowl and it might get tricky to get the dasher moving.
  • The mixing needs to happen at the lowest speed possible, stopping from beating in too much air and having to call in the decorators.
  • Add fruit and other chunky bits just before the ice cream has reached its final consistency which takes between 15-30 minutes.
  • When the mixer starts making a clicking noise and the plastic disc starts slipping, it’s done.
  • Do not exceed the recommended measures as the ice cream wont freeze enough and it will get messy.
  • Let the bowl defrost before cleaning it with COLD water.
  • Do not use metal objects to scratch out any content as it will damage the bowl walls.

What else?
The ice cream will have the consistency of a soft serve. I you prefer it firmer, place it in the freezer for a few more hours.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Dasher

At a glance

Pros:
No additives, no preservatives.
The world of flavours is your oyster.
You decide what goes in your tummy (and hips).
No additional storage space needed (apart from the freeze bowl).
Ideal for allergy sufferers.

Cons:
Requires pre-planning.
Bowl might be too big for you freezer.

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