Thursday, January 26, 2012

Unpaid Review: Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker

I was not paid a dime or given free product for this review. 
So it's going to be truth serum to your ever loving ice cream soul.
Grab a spoon and dig in.

Cuisinart Pistachio Ice Cream
slightly modified recipe

One of the many things I love about my husband,
is that he is a good great listener.

And he will drop a dime on a quality, name brand any day.
So long as he reads up on all the product reviews and see that half the world is satisfied with their get.

So was the case when he bought me a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.

While I'm a sucker for some really great ice cream and was pining away for an old fashioned ice cream maker,
my sorbet-loving better half knew he wouldn't be getting any iced treats anytime soon
if he relied on me to hand crank something out.

So, when December 4th rolled around, I said "no parties, just us."
And he might have mumbled, "Well, and the ice cream maker."

Like many things in this here house,
they get delivered and relegated off to the room of shame.
Sherry, over at Young House Love has a Self-Imposed "Dude, Get On That Already" Challenge going on.
I. Can. So. Relate.

So, finally, just before the power went out, 
I broke out my automatic ice cream maker
for the second time.

The first time, we made Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
with this really simple recipe from the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet.
You can find lots of Cuisinart dessert recipes here.

It was so easy, I of COURSE had to try something a bit more fru fru.
And here is where I commit to the world
that I, Bernadette Merikle
will in deed make a new wonderful flavor of ice cream
for each month of 2012.

Hold me to it.

Before we get to the ice cream though, let's review the machine.

Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

1. It is a pretty sturdy little dude 
(he's white, so all things white in this house are dudes...all things black are gals...just saying).

2. Unfortunately...this dude is not very well endowed in the cord department. 6 inches long.
Okay, slightly longer than that.  But ridiculously short for a counter top appliance.
There's a blurb on nanny-state safety reasons for this.
blah,blah, blah.  Just give me a longer cord alredy.

3. LOVE the double-insulated freezer bowl.  Down with ICE! Just make sure to clear a (small) but dedicated space in your freezer to make sure it sits flat. You'll do this because you're going to want to use it all the time and who likes having to wait for the bowl to freeze? Not. it.

4. The mixing paddle is actually patent pending.  Probably, because it is magic.  
I've never (in two tries, so I'm an expert on this, trust me!), had to wait longer than 18 minutes 
for my ice cream to be ready.

5. Super simple "this goes in here, goes in here" assembly.  
Meaning, even my dog who clearly has no thumbs, can get the ice cream maker going for me.

6. No mess, no fuss super easy lock lid keeps it all tight.
No, I did not try to play football with it.
Yet. Superbowl is almost here.
Come to think of it, ice cream will be the PERFECT Super Bowl treat.

7. One button operation. Click it on, click it off.
I like simple.

Overall, I would say that I love this little workhorse.  For $60, it really cannot be beat.
The cons?  Because, of course there are some.

Aside from the super short cord...

** freezer bowl wait times are patience inducing **
** most recipes take a few (yes, a few) hours to complete **
** no arm twisting workout involved to assuage your guilty ice cream pleasures **
** no stainless steel color scheme; unless you upgrade to the Pure Indulgence version **

Their website is super user friendly
Cuisinart is a quality name.
The price is great.

So far, I'd give this cutie an 8 out of 10.
I'll withhold final judgement until we make some frozen yogurt
and the all too anticipated Raspberry Sorbet.

Here's January's flavor in pictures:

Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

You'll want to open that recipe link above in a new window to follow along for the readers:

Pre #1. Freeze the freezer bowl  overnight. Or you will have sad, sad no ice cream faces.

1. Steep a lot of stuff in a lot of milk.  I actually used non-fat milk.  Whole milk is for babies.
2 & 3. Hours later, reheat stuff you just chilled and add a whole lot of cream.

4. Whip eggs & sugar by hand to kid yourself into burning off the calories you're about to consume.

5. Add Almond extract which, shockingly, tastes just like Pistachio Ice Cream. Just. Saying.
6. Strain out the chunks, but save the pistachios! Those bad boys are EXPENSIVE.

7. Plug in your super short cord, 
turn on the Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.
I had to go there.  The name is just ridiculously long.

8.Slowly pour cream into freezer bowl to be iced (about 20 minutes).
9. With 5 minutes left, add the chunks and pray they don't break your awesome ice cream maker.

Voila.  Pure heaven.  Or hell. Depending on your perspective I suppose.
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Any requests for altered recipes?
Any suggestions for my list of 11 more flavors I need to undertake?
Raspberry Sorbet, Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Caramel, Butter Pecan and Chai are all on the list.
Unless you have better ideas...


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1 comment:

  1. We got an ice cream maker for our wedding 4 years ago and I am yet to use it. Maybe I will give it a try sometime soon. After all my daughter loves ice cream. Let us know how the raspberry sorbet turns out.


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