The Best Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White
Professional-quality soft serve ice cream, yogurt, sorbet and sherbet is now available right at home, with the Cuisinart Mix It in Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. Not only does it make everyone's favorites, but with three built-in condiment dispensers, it makes them extra delicious! Just a pull of a tab send sprinkles, chips and other mix-ins down the chute to mix right into frozen desserts as cones or bowls are filled. Operation is fully automatic; simply pour in the ingredients and turn the dial!
So I made my first bowl of ice cream 2 days ago. I was using the mint recipe that is included in the manual. I was skeptical of the reviews because others were having issues with the freezing. The the first bowl I made was slush. I had put my bowl in the freezer overnight but I wrapped it in a plastic bag as the manual suggests. I had mixed all the ingredients before taking out the bowl. I put everything in according to directions and after 15 minutes it was still slush; 20 minutes, slush; 30 minutes; slush. Finally after 60 minutes I gave up. I came back here and read over all the reviews again. I saw several people suggest to mix the ingredients and freeze for 20 minutes before starting the ice cream maker. So last night I attempted this again. My bowl had already been in the freezer overnight. This time it was not wrapped in a plastic bag. I wanted to try vanilla this time so I mixed together all of my ingredients. I placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Once the time was up, I pulled the bowl out and put the ice cream maker together and started it. Then I pulled the ingredients out of the freezer and poured them in. 15 minutes later we had ICE CREAM! and the longer we ran it the thicker it got. Today I attempted coffee ice cream and went through the same steps. ICE CREAM AGAIN! So for those of you that are having issues with getting your ice cream to freeze, try mixing your ingredients and freezing them for 20 minutes BEFORE you take your bowl out and start the ice cream maker. It made a big difference for me.
Love our ice cream maker. DO NOT purchase soft serve mixes to use with this maker. It comes with a recipe booklet containing very simple and delicious recipes using minimal ingredients.
This machine is awesome! My girlfriend and I are both 68...no kids, or grandkids, anywhere to be found, but we make ice cream usually twice a week! It works perfectly everytime! Way better than any store bought ice cream. Easy to clean and maintain...would recommend to anyone that likes ice cream!
Love this! I read a great deal of reviews before using this and as many stated to do, I also believe the trick is to have the bowl in the freezer for quite awhile before use. I received my product on a Tuesday and after washing all the detachable items, I put the freezer bowl on one of the the very back shelves of our upright freezer until our first use four days later. After about 25-30 minutes, this maker dispensed soft serve ice cream just as I had hoped. (See picture) I used the classic vanilla recipe that was in the included booklet for our first attempt and we were not disappointed! Cannot wait to try more recipes!!! It is VERY easy to assemble as well as easily taken apart to be cleaned. I would say it took less than 10 minutes to clean everything and put it away and less time to assemble. We were very pleased with the results and my best piece of advice is to freeze that bowl in the back of your freezer for as long as possible before use and don't be so quick to dispense when operating! You can see through the partially open top just how the ice cream is looking so it was easier to judge based on what I could see. It has some noise while operating but nothing that would drive people to run from the room. 😉 It is rather tall so plan on a large enough storage space but it easily fits back into the Cuisinart box it comes in if you're like me and prefer to keep "specialty" appliances boxed in their original packaging for storage. I am so glad I finally decided to purchase this.....lots of fun sugary times ahead for our family!
I have had a variety of ice cream makers over the years, but only made limited use of them because of the hassle of having to cook a custard made with eggs, milk, sugar, and cream; and having to wait for the custard to chill; and then having to deal with the rock salt and melting ice while the ice cream churned. This ice cream maker dramatically changes all if that. This turns ice cream making into a quick, fun family activity with a lot less cleanup.Pros:- No cooking a custard, significantly less prep time. Ice cream is ready in less than 25 minutes from start to finish (churn time is 10-12 minutes)- Handy unit includes the churning bowl, dispenser all in one unit- it also has a 3 compartment dispenser for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or other toppings- very little mess to clean up compared to traditional ice cream churnsCons:- the freezer bucket is a pro and a con. It's a pro because you just take it out of your freezer, pour in your ingredients, and turn it on. No messy ice or rock salt. It's also small compared to a traditional ice cream maker. These features are also one because you have to keep the bucket in your freezer so it's ready, so it does take up freezer space. Because of its small size, it realistically only makes less than a quart of ice cream. Then again, it's easy to just wash the freezer bowl, referees, and make more ice cream (or sorbet) the next day.- The freezer bowl isn't cole enough to really let the ice cream set up quite to the consistency of soft serve ice cream you would buy, and this makes it easy to over churn the ice cream and make it buttery textured. The directions say to check the ice cream at 10-12 minutes. My experience is that 12 minutes is too much and the ice cream turns to a buttery consistency and mouth feel, but is properly set up to dispense into a cone. Likewise, 10 minutes is too short for the ice cream to set up and it's still too soft, but has the right consistency. I have been transferring the ice cream out of the freezer bowl at about 11 minutes and then putting it into the freezer so it sets up like regular ice cream. I'm going to try reducing the amount of cream by 1/3 cup and adding 1/3 cup more whole milk instead.- The dispenser for the sprinkles has a small opening, so you need to use mini chocolate chips or mini M&Ms instead of regular ones.- There is a little mess when you remove the freezer bowl from the unit. It has an opening in the bottom for the ice cream to go into the dispenser, so when you lift the bowl out of the unit, some of the ice cream will drop into the upper part of the unit and into your counter, though it's reasonably easy to clean up.- the price has increased significantly since last summer. It's nearly double the cost now