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Today we’ll be looking at the features of this Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker and why it is one of the Best Sellers on Amazon alongside the Cuisinart ICE-21 and features on our Top 10 Best Ice Cream Makers 2017.
This machine is called Pure Indulgence, it has the ability to make 2 quarts which is the largest capacity of any home ice cream maker that is not an ice and salt ice cream maker, it certainly allows for pure indulgence. There are other Cuisinart 2 quart machines and you can read about the differences in our article Cuisinart Ice 30bc vs Ice-70.
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Cuisinart ICE-30BC Review
The first thing you notice about this ice cream maker is that it looks very sleek with it’s brushed stainless steel housing, there is also a choice of brushed metal/red. It looks and feels solidly built.
As in all the ice cream makers from Cuisinart, it is very easy to use, I think the hardest thing about making ice cream in this machine is choosing the recipe for the ice cream you want to use.
The are only 4 parts to the Cuisinart 2 qt ice cream maker, the base, which houses the heavy duty motor. The base also has a little compartment underneath to store the cord, which is great.
There is the 2 quart freezer bowl. This is a double walled bowl with freezing gel/liquid inside the walls, which you can hear sloshing about if you shake it when it’s not frozen and when you have frozen the bowl sufficiently, usually 12 – 24 hours, you know it’s ready when you can’t hear anything when you shake it. The bowl is 7 3/4 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall, check it will fit your freezer before you buy.
There is the dasher/paddle which just sit’s in the bowl unattached and is held in place by the lid. The paddle is made of hard plastic and very durable.
Last but not least is the clear plastic lid. The lid just sits on the top and hold the dasher/paddle in place. There is a large opening in the lid which allows you to add the ice cream batter and any other ingredients you might want to.
There is a 3 year limited warranty with the Cuisinart ICE-30BC and there is a recipe book included to give you a place to start.
When this Cuisinart ice cream maker is switched on, it turns the bowl rather than the paddle which makes it less likely that the paddle will get stuck. The ice cream takes approximately 25 minutes to make and will be to a soft serve consistency, which will harden up if you decant into a plastic container and freeze for 2 hours before you eat it. Impatient people can eat straight away, although it might start to melt a bit. The results are a very creamy and delicious ice cream, making this one of the best ice cream makers.
Verified customers of the Cuisinart ICE-30BC have found that is makes smooth and creamy ice cream and they have found it’s some of the best they have made. They have found it incredibly easy to use and keep clean. Following most of the tips given by reviewers they have been able to make delicious ice cream consistently.
On the negative side people find it a bit noisy as the ice cream gets thicker. One issue they have found is that the dasher doesn’t scrape right to the edge, which can cause a build up of ice cream around the bowl. There is no timer on the machine, which means you have to keep track of how long it’s been running.
There are a lot of positive 5 star reviews on this Cuisinart ICE-30, the majority are about the easiness of making the ice cream, the easiness of the cleanup (don’t put any part in the dishwasher, just hand wash) and how good the ice cream is. This is a home machine, you aren’t going to get a professional result but it seems to be giving a very acceptable result, which you can repeat time and time again.
There are some bad reviews, there are always going to be some problems with any machine. The biggest problem seems to be the ice cream not freezing, whether this is down to a defective bowl or the freezing of it not being cold enough is hard to tell. Problems with the dasher not touching the sides so a build up of ice around the bowl, this is wasteful but it doesn’t affect the quality of the ice cream it does make, just a bit less of it. I did see a review that suggests you can push the dasher to the side of the bowl to scrape it properly but you would need to be watching it for the full time, I’m not sure I could be bothered with that, but it is an option.
All in all I love this machine, I haven’t changed my mind about my top ice cream maker basically because this is a bigger and more expensive machine and might not be affordable for some families, but if that isn’t an issue for you and you want a bigger machine, go for this
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