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Today we’re going to be looking a little more closely at the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker.
There are a lot of ice cream makers out there and a lot of Cuisinart ice cream makers too so it makes it difficult to know what to look for. There are so many benefits to making your own ice cream, you can choose what to put into it, what flavours you want and how healthy you want to make it. The choices are limitless and the kids love to be involved too.
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Cuisinart Ice-21 Overview
The casing is in white but there are other color options available if you want to match it to other appliances. There aren’t many parts, the base which houses the motor which turns the bowl. The bowl is double walled with a freezable liquid between and that sits into the base. The paddle is made of durable plastic and sits into the bowl and is secured by the transparent plastic lid which twists into a locked position on the base and has a large hole in the centre to pour in your mixture.
You can make ice cream with the simplest of recipes, frozen yogurt or sorbet. You can make a simple high protein frozen yoghurt by mixing a pot of greek yoghurt with some stewed fruit of your choice added to it. Mix together and add to the frozen bowl. It’s low calorie, no additives and very little preparation. This is my favourite and tastes just like ice cream to me. Check out our pros and cons below.
The 1.5 quart capacity bowl
The Cuisinart Ice-21 has a 1.5 quart capacity bowl which means you can make enough ice cream for the family. When you’re making ice cream you want enough to feel satisfied and this gives enough to do that. It’s easy enough to freeze for 24 hours before use and you can always keep it stored in the freezer to have it available whenever you want to make ice cream. There are also spare bowls available to buy so if you have the space you can store 2 bowls ready and make 2 batches of ice cream in different flavours.
Mixing paddle can make ice cream in 20 minutes
The difference with this ice cream maker to others is that the paddle doesn’t turn to churn the ice cream, the bowl turns and the lid holds the paddle still. The design of the paddle allows the air to get into the ice cream as it moves over the parts of the paddle giving it volume as it freezes. The benefit of this design is that it manages to get the ice cream freezing quicker so that you can have a batch ready in 20 minutes. It’s also sturdily made so that you won’t have a problem with it snapping off as others do.
The process of making ice cream with the Ice-21 or frozen yogurt couldn’t be easier. Mix up your ice cream batter, there are recipes included in the manual to try and hundreds on Pinterest to give you different ideas. Make sure the bowl has been frozen for 24 hours and place it in the housing. Add your paddle and the lid and switch on. Cool your ice cream mix before using as it helps with the freezing process and pour through the lid, as it thickens add any extras you wish. It won’t get super hard, more soft serve but you can eat it or freeze it for a while before eating. Voila!
Freezer bowl takes too much space in the freezer
Some people don’t like the fact that they have to freeze the bowl for 24 hours and that it takes up too much space in the freezer. I can understand that but that is the nature of a frozen bowl type machine. Your other options are a compressor ice cream maker which need no preparation but is more expensive or a salt and ice machine which you will need to buy or make enough ice to make your ice cream which some people feel is more of a pain than freezing a bowl.
Motor strength issues
Some people have had issues with the motor which has broken down after a few uses. They feel it isn’t strong enough to cope with the job. If this happens within the month then you have the option to return it to Amazon.com if you purchase it there. After that you do have the warranty if you think it’s worth it. To put this into context there are 89% of 4000 reviews are 5 or 4 stars and don’t have this problem.
Warranty not worth it
When you buy a product you usually check for the warranty so that you have at least a year of cover for reasonable use. If you’re Cuisinart Ice-21 machine breaks down and you want to have it repaired or replaced under warranty they will expect you to pay for shipping it to them and the cost of the return shipment back to yourself which can be quite expensive and you would have to decide if you were prepared to pay that or cut your losses.
If you want a budget ice cream maker which is simple to use then the Cuisinart Ice-21 is a good choice to make. You do have to pre-freeze the bowl but after that pour the mixture in and watch the magic happen. It’s easy enough to let your kids help you and they will love deciding what to add into it while you will have the peace of mind to know exactly what the ice cream has in it.