The record heat in these parts may have you screaming — nay, panting — for ice cream, and thinking about finally investing in a machine for ice cream on demand. We've reviewed many models over the years, but we always come back to this inexpensive Cuisinart model: it's a great deal.
I've personally tried out many ice cream makers, from the hand-cranked to the motorized to the swanky compressor models. Take a look at a few of the more common types we've reviewed here:
This Cuisinart maker is still my favorite, however. I think it falls into the sweet spot between more laborious methods that may require hand-cranking, adding rock salt, or getting your kids to kick a ball around the backyard when all they want is ice cream. As fun as those methods can be, they're not always what you want, when you want ice cream. This machine is super fast and easy, with a bowl that, once frozen, can whip up fully frozen treats in about 20 minutes.
But the price is also good — considerably less than the compressor models that can churn out batch after batch. That's just not necessary for most home cooks (and just too tempting).
If you watch for deals, too, you'll often find this ice cream maker on sale for far less than its current price, now at the height of ice cream season. I think I bought mine for about $35.
Do you have this ice cream maker? Do you love it? What was the last kind of ice cream you made in it?