We finally decided to get an ice cream maker because of a combination of our favorite Breyers turning into un-natural ice cream and the high cost of premium all-natural ice cream brands. We now make our own ice cream exactly the way we want it and know each and every single ingredient that goes into it. No more carrageenan, guar gum, polysorbate-80, diglycerides, benzyl acetate etc..
We decided to get the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker because it has a lot of positive reviews and is lower-priced compared to some other fancy ice cream makers. Years ago I had a hand-crank ice cream maker and this time I wanted to try an automatic one. I liked the idea of manual labor and burning calories when making ice cream, but I think I like automation even better. 🙂
Features we like about the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker:
- Simple to use – Just press the button to “On” and pour your ice cream base into the freezer bowl.
- Fast – You can have soft-serve ice cream in just 15-20 minutes.
- Easy clean up – The bowl, paddle and lid are all easy to clean.
- Versatile – You can make ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt or sorbets and even comes with a recipe booklet to get you started
Any Drawbacks to Making Your Own Ice Cream?
These don’t really bother me so much because I still think the benefits far outweigh any “cons” of making your own ice cream:
- Instant Gratification – Personally, I see this more of a health benefit than anything else. It goes along with our philosophy that if we want to indulge, we have to make it from scratch. If you don’t have either the ingredients to make ice cream and/or the freezer bowl frozen and ready to go, you can’t have ice cream right now. But good ice cream comes to those who wait, my friend.
- Hard Ice Cream Fans – If you absolutely don’t like soft serve, then you will have to wait a couple of hours for the ice cream to get hard in the freezer. Really it’s not that bad. You can do it.
- Carrageenan Lovers – If you like that unnatural foamy-like texture of ice cream thickeners, emulsifiers, fillers, etc.. then perhaps you won’t like homemade ice cream. Like I said on our post before, when the cats won’t lick it, that should tell you something.
Using the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker
We Haven’t Been Disappointed
We have used the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker to make many flavors of ice cream, custard-style ice cream made with egg yolks, frozen yogurt and sorbets. We haven’t been disappointed yet with any of our creations, not even one where I made ice milk because we didn’t have any cream in the house. Really, the only thing that can mess up or make bad ice cream is the government and/or greedy corporations.
I’ll admit, every now and then if one of the better all-natural ice cream brands are on sale and I’m at the store with a undeniable ice cream craving that needs to be taken care of immediately, then yes, I will buy some but this is a rare occasion. But we are absolutely happy we made the switch to making our own homemade ice cream and really do enjoy it so much more than store-bought.
In the next post, we have shared some of our favorite homemade ice cream recipes we have made using the Cuisinart, including frozen Greek yogurt and strawberry lemon-basil sorbet.
Have you made the switch yet to making your own ice cream?