11-2009 : Fall is here and the Cuisinart Ice-30BC Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream Maker is flying out of Amazon’s store on clearance! Price is just 55$ with FREE SHIPPING, though it will go up higher towards the 150$ list price if you wait. (December 2009 Update – sure enough, this sale has ended and it is back to 79$ shipped. This is still a good deal and the price won’t be lower for a good while).
The Cuisinart Ice30bc Icecream Maker has amassed over 200 five star ratings at Amazon, underlining everything mentioned below about efficiency and taste. Give yourself a starting point with Ice cream making recipes as you buy “Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Recipe Cookbook” which comes on sale if you purchase it with the Cuisinart ice 30 bc ice cream maker.
The weather is getting nicer and soon winter will be gone here in Minnesota! I can also tell because more ice cream makers are being purchased on Kitchenproductdeals.com. It is a novel and efficient method to simply make your own ice cream. On Amazon you can buy the 2 quart Cuisinart ICE-30BC for 46% off (79$ total). For an extra few bucks you can get Ben and Jerry’s homemade ice cream book which I definitely suggest!
In general you add sugar, milk, eggs, and other ingredients like cream, fruit, cookies, whatever topical ingredients are in your recipe or custom made concoction. A recipe book comes with the Cuisinart but the ben and jerry’s recipe book for homemade ice cream will prove much more useful to you. Anyway, you mix the items (generally adding the cookies / fruit / toppings near the end of the cycle) and then throw the base in for custard or ice cream if you add cream. 30 minutes later you have ice cream and it is easy to clean up. Best yet it is a fun reward / activity for young ones.
Cuisinart Ice systems like Ice-30BC are relatively quiet and when using the bowl you will want to freeze it for an extended period of time and pull it out when it is ready to go (for best results). If it is taking too long to produce ice cream you know the bowl wasn’t frozen enough (try a day or so). Having to the power to make professional ice cream on your countertop is a wonderful feeling in the summer!