Kitchen Q&A: Buying an Ice Cream Maker

A few readers and friends have inquired about which ice cream maker I would recommend buying.

I wrote a post on Homemade Ice Cream 101.  I included a bit about my Cuisinart ice cream maker, which I love.  (Update:  I have two now actually!)

I own and adore my 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart. I think any of the Cuisinart ice cream makers would be a reliable way to go.

If you have a KitchenAid and are a die-hard brand loyalist…you may enjoy the ice cream bowl attachment. It costs $79.95, so it’s not cheap! But I’ve heard good things about it from people who went this route. It has a 2 quart capacity.

You can also go with the tried and true, old fashioned ice cream maker from White Mountain. It has a greater capacity than most ice cream makers sold today–4 quarts. You can even still get a manual one, if it suits your fancy.

My picks if money and space were no object….this Cuisinart Supreme. You don’t have to freeze the bowl. It’s all automatic. You could make batch after batch after batch in this baby.

Update:  Breville now has a great (yet, expensive) automatic ice cream maker as well.

And if I had the real Cafe Johnsonia up and running? Probably something along the lines of this Gelato Pro 3000. (I really need to get that cafe up and running, don’t I?)

Note to self: Stop drooling. Start saving money–that thing costs nearly $3,000.

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  1. I would love to check out some of your recommendations. Homemade ice cream is our “thing.” We usually make a batch for holidays or whenever cream is on sale and then think of which neighbor we need to invite for an impromptu ice cream party.

    Due to budget constraints and the fact that 2 quarts does not make enough ice cream for my family, we keep buying the cheap-o 6-quart ice-cream makers at Wal-Mart. We use them until the bucket wears out (which, oddly enough usually happens long before the motor wears out). We also eat it serve out of the bucket. We’re weird like that, but the neighbors don’t seem to mind.

    I need to find a way I can round up some extra bucket, though. I could make enough for the whole neighborhood!

  2. I love this post. I love that old-fashioned ice-cream maker because it looks like my grandpas.. who used to make up flavors for us to try and had a recipe for ice-cream that was so tasty and yet so horrid for you .. it was a stroke in a cone.

    My favorite ice-cream flavor is cinnamon.. which you can never find in a store.. it has to be homemade as far as I know. :)

  3. I am NOT ALLOWED to buy an ice cream machine per Other Half. I haven’t told him that you have one and your house is even smaller than ours.

  4. ok, if you do get your cafe started- can I work for you? I absolutely love your blog and thanks for all the info. p.s. I love Williams- Sonoma too, if only I could get a all-expense paid shopping spree in there, I would be in paradise!

  5. It is a bit of a pain having to freeze the bowl of my ice cream maker as I never have enough room in my freezer for it! I know, I need to make room and eat up some of that food in there!

  6. perfect recipe like always! i really love for blog for tasty recipes and a great variety in “your kitchen”.

  7. i have the little krups machine in storage back in the states..i thought it worked well. now i have the kitchenaid freezer bowl. it’s great! i have some pans like the third pans that i bought at restaurant supply. much cheaper than $35…i should see if they have lids too.

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