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Cuisinart ICE-30BC Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BC

The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence is a single solution to all frozen cravings; apart from the ice cream, it creates commercial quality frozen yogurt, sorbet and slushy-s. An integrated motor housed underneath the double-insulated freezer bowl and driving an automatic mixing paddle gets every batch ready within thirty minutes, at the max.

The scarcity of multiple parts makes this ice cream maker a breeze to maintain and clean: the base housing the motor and the controls, the freezer-bowl, the automatic mixing paddle and a transparent lid. That also makes setting up a simple thing. The lid and the paddle can be cleaned in a dishwasher but the freezer bowl requires human handling. As for the rest, there’s nothing that wiping with a damp cloth won’t do.

The above descriptions are what the manufacturer claims; it’s time to see how much of that holds true.

Operating the Cuisinart ICE-30BC intuitively leads to a lot of problem, unless the user has an exceptionally high level of it. However, that’s not to say to follow the instructions blindly; especially the freezing part advocating a 2-hour chill. We want ice creams; for chilled smoothies, $80 is too much a price.

So, the freezing! The rest of the ice cream makers take anything between 8 and 24 hours for the freezing mix between the bowl’s insulated walls to chill considerably; here, it is a flat 22 hours to obtain the optimum! Else, tell people you make wonderful slushy-s and not sorbets and chilled smoothies, not ice creams.

Grapefruits gave that result; however, with mixed varieties of berries, the frozen yogurt took a softer texture, between dense consistency desserts and typical soft-serves. The problem was solved when the bowl (in a sealed container) came out from the freezer after a couple of hours; this time, it was solidly frozen. However, such recipes need being tempered before going into the ICE 30 BC ice cream maker; in this case, the bitterness in the berries didn’t get camouflaged with the plain and low-fat yogurt.

But ice creams are not only about milk and cream and fruits and nuts and chocolates; there are unusual recipes as well. For example, the pumpkin ice cream; dump all ingredients at once into the freezer bowl and things are sure to land up in a soup.

The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence™ is no good than others in this regard; the ingredients need being mixed separately (a hand mixer is recommended) before pouring.

The only good thing is: thicker mixes (like this one) don’t need spending extensive hours inside the freezer if it’s a soft serve on the agenda; the freezing bowl retains enough chill to almost completely solidify the concoction. However, a post-chill session (two to three hours) is important if a dense and hard-packed result is needed.

Determining the freezing periods (both pre and post chill sessions) is something a person should do well if he or she doesn’t want to hate the Cuisinart ICE-30BC. Using the bowl before freezing for adequate time and with the mix afterwards takes some patience, a scarcely found commodity in the modern times.

The motor of the ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence™ gives out a fairly audible hum, which is good in a way, because it tells if the automatic safety shut down features is functioning properly.

All that might make a lot of people think about investing on a lower-cost appliance such as Deni 5200, but the $80 goes for the quality of the overall ice cream machine and not only on the time it takes to freeze a mix. It also got very good reviews at Sweet Ice Cream Love.

Of course, others shall also take an equivalent amount of time, but the motion of the paddle, it’s uniformity and the quality of the chill-mechanisms – everything counts. While not extraordinary in convenience, but it’s durable and that opens up several ways for fun.

Product Features

  • 2-quart sized double insulated freezer bowl.
  • Brushed metal housing.
  • Fully automatic, Heavy-duty motor.
  • Large ingredient spout allows easy adding of mix-ins.

Pros

  • 2-quarts batch; more than any other home ice cream maker in its class.
  • Easy to Use: Being fully automatic and electric driven with timer.
  • Double-walls in freezer bowl ensure to hold back the chill for longer periods.
  • Removable parts turn easy the cleaning procedures.
  • Large spout allows for adding mix-ins with ease.
  • Makes ice creams in less than 30 minutes.

Cons

  • Makes only one batch at a time.
  • Requires being frozen for 24 hours at a stretch for best results.
  • Freezer bowl can’t be stored permanently in freezer.