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Cuisinart ICE-45 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker Reviews

Cuisinart ICE-45 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker

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My boys and I LOVE the Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream maker!!!

Mar 2, 2007 (Updated Mar 2, 2007)
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Pros:Easy to clean, easy to use, durable, quality construction.

Cons:Price

The Bottom Line: This is a fantastic ice cream maker that is easy to use, easy to clean and makes delicious affordable treats.


First off I would like to say I'm am the kitchen gadget queen. My husband knowing this went out and bought the Cuisinart Soft Serve ice cream maker. Not only do I enjoy making delicious ice cream in it but so do my 3 little boys.
The ice cream maker was very easy to set up. First we washed the 1 1/2 qt. double insulated bowl in a bag to prevent freezer burn and stuck it in the freezer over night. It needs about 12 hours to freeze completely.

The next day we set the rest of the machine which was super easy. We pushed the 3 condiment containers into place on the top left of the machine and filled them with 3 different kinds of sprinkles (sold separately). Next we put the dispenser bracket mechanism on which just clicks into the front of the machine. A drip tray then slides in along side it on the left. Next we pushed the mixing arm into a hole on the bottom of the lid, inserted the freezer bowl into the top of the machine (it drops right into place), clicked the lid on and it was all set.

The lid is awesome in that it has a window so you can watch the mixing arm do it work as the ice cream gets thicker.

To make the ice cream Cuisinart includes a recipe book with all different types of ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurts to make. The first time we decided to make their basic chocolate ice cream and it was fantastic. We have tried only a few of the basic recipes and they've all tasted wonderful.

To make the ice cream we mixed all the ingredients in a separate bowl. We then took the lid off, poured the ingredient in the mixing bowl, turned it on and let it work its magic. You can pour through the window on top I find it to be very messy doing it that way. (FYI-Make sure that the lever is up before you turn the machine on. We learned the hard way the first time and had chocolate liquid all over the counter because we didn't realize it was open until 1/2 the liquid dripped out.)

In about 20 minutes the ice cream was ready to dispense. You have to watch the thickness of the ice cream when you're waiting. Every once and awhile I take a plastic spoon and scoop a little out to check the consistency. If you let it go too long, it will be too hard and not able to be pushed through the dispenser nor will the mixing arm move. If it does get too thick you can just remove the bowl and scoop out of it though instead of dispensing it. I've never had a problem though.

So once it's ready to dispense you just pull down on the level in front and it starts to come out, when you're done you just push the lever back up and it stops. To add in the mix-ins from the condiment dispenser (i.e. sprinkles), you just pull the levers located underneath the dispensers and it will come out underneath where the ice cream is dispensed. I find this to be a mess though when using a cone. I end up having sprinkles bounce all over my counter. They work perfectly however in a bowl of ice cream because it can contain it. The machine has a convenient spot on the bottom to hold ice cream cones while you're making the desserts.

The bottom of the machine has a plastic removable drip tray that catches any drippings, sprinkles etc. and can be easily washed in the sink.
If there is still ice cream in the bowl, transfer it into another bowl so it lasts. Putting the freezer bowl as it is in the freezer will not keep the ice cream nicely. We never had to worry about this, with 4 boys, the ice cream is always GONE.

Washing the rest of the machine is a breeze. As easy as all the part go on, they go off the same way. Once done with the ice cream, remove the bowl, the mixing mechanism, drip tray and dispensing bracket with handle and hand wash in the sink. The rest of the machine can easily be wiped down with a wet cloth. Dry the bowl off completely, wrap it in a plastic back and stick it back into your freezer.

I honestly can't say anything bad about this machine, I LOVE it. It's so much fun and with the price of tubs of ice cream now it saves us money. I guess if I HAD to say anything bad about it, it would be the price because there are really cheap ones out there but I really think this is the best.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 100.00

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