One homemade ice cream.
That’s what it took for me to appreciate the science and magic of making ice cream from scratch.
It’s healthy, delicious and fresh. You will never want to go back satisfying your cold sweet tooth with grocery-bought commercial ice creams ever again.
Let me tell you about our family’s story of making ice creams at home and why we chose the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker.
Specifications: Cuisinart ice cream maker
The Cuisinart ICE-100 is an ice cream machine that comes with a built-in compressor unit. Without the need to freeze the bowl at least 12 hours before use, you can continuously make ice cream batch after batch. One batch of ice cream takes 25-40 minutes. The Cuisinart ICE-100 comes with 2 paddles, one for ice cream making and another for making gelatos.
Specifications of the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker machine:
|Model||Cuisinart ICE-100BCA Ice Cream Maker 1.5 Litre with Compressor – Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||16.5 in (41.9 cm) x 12 in (30.5 cm) x 10 in (25.4 cm)|
|Weight||22 lb (10kg)|
|User interface||LCD display and buttons for power, 60-minute countdown timer, and start/stop.|
|Capacity of bowl||1.5 quart|
|Time it takes to make ice cream||30-40 minutes|
|Noise during freezing||85 decibels|
|Number of paddles||2 paddles:|
-ice cream paddle
|Preuse instructions||Due to its compressor unit, the machine should sit on a level position 24 hours before use.|
|Service||1800 808 971 (Australia)|
|Price||AU$429.00 (Myer) inc GST $39|
Why make ice cream from scratch
The quest to making homemade ice cream started when we left Philippines by moving abroad. And being new in a foreign country, you naturally get homesick. And one of the things we miss is food. For me, what i missed most was ube ice cream.
But it took almost four years to pluck the courage to buy an ice cream maker. First, because of its hefty price tag. Second, do you really need an ice cream maker to make an ice cream? That was the prevalent question.
“It will be worth it”, I kept telling myself then.
Six months and a few ice creams later, yes it really is. And you can make a decent home business out of this ice cream machine because its final output is of really good quality.
As long as you use an ice cream recipe that uses high fat content, your resulting ice cream from Cuisinart ICE-100 can compete with grocery-bought ice creams. Except yours is healthy, homemade, and fresh!
Now what is high fat content in ice creams?
According to the Icecreamscience blog, milk fat contributes to the smooth and creamy texture of ice cream. In addition to that, it helps to make your ice cream more stable and not melt easily. And in terms of flavor, it enriches the flavor experience by slower release, lower intensity, and longer duration of flavor.
So how do we incorporate fat in ice cream? What type of milk or cream to use? DreamScoops recommends the following:
- Whole milk / Regular milk
- Half and half
- Light cream, table cream, coffee cream
- Medium cream
- Whipping cream / Light whipping cream
- Heavy whipping cream
- Manufacturers cream
Here are some high fat-content recipes to try with the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker.
- Jeni Britton Bauer’s ice cream base recipe
- Wanderlust Creamery owner’s ube ice cream recipe
- Cuisinart’s vanilla bean ice cream recipe
- Coconut milk-based recipe
Let me just say this, Jeni Britton Bauer’s ice cream base recipe is a game-changer. I started it too late but never going back again. I’m gonna use it forward with my experiments because it’s definitely a foolproof recipe in making a smooth, creamy ice cream. It is highly recommended!
Electricity costs to make one batch of ice cream
Because the Cuisinart ice cream maker has a built-in compressor unit, I wonder if it’s gonna cost us huge bucks in electricity costs when using it. One batch of ice cream usually takes at least 40 minutes for me. Depending on the recipe, I have to make it a total of 60 minutes.
From where we live here in Australia, specifically the state of Victoria, we are currently paying about 28 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
So for every hour of use with the Cuisinart ice cream maker, I’ve calculated that our electricity cost is:
.5kWh x 28 cents per kWh = 14 cents per hour
Not too bad.
Frequently asked questions about Cuisinart ice cream maker or any brand of ice cream maker in general
What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?
The Cuisinart ICE-100 comes with 2 paddles, one for making ice cream and another for gelato. Now how are they different that you have to use different paddles?
|More cream||Milk in higher proportion than cream|
|Higher fat content||Less fat|
|Airier||Softer, less air|
|Flavor depends on fat content||More flavor|
How long does it take to make ice cream in the Cuisinart ICE-100?
Keep it between 25-40 minutes. More than that increases overrun. Give your mixture a chance to thicken similar to a soft-serve consistency.
Does the Cuisinart ICE-100 make good ice cream?
Yes. In comparing the Cuisinart ICE-100 vs Breville BCI600XL vs Whynter ICM-200LS, the Cusinart came out the recommended product because of the quality of ice cream it produces.
Final thoughts: Why we chose Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker
- No need to prefreeze bowls
- Makes ice cream in less than an hour
- East to clean and assemble
- 3-year warranty
- Noise when churning (85 decibels)
So six months and a few ice cream recipes later, I think it is a good purchase. Only negative side probably is the noise it emits during churning, which is 85 decibels. That might not seem much, but with a baby who is sensitive to noise when sleeping, I choose making ice cream outside naptimes. Quite a hassle as naptimes are my free time to do anything, including a spontaneous ice cream making session.
Other than that, the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker machine gives me few good reasons to not regret buying it.
First, because it is very convenient to use. You don’t have to pre-freeze the bowl because it has a built-in compressor unit. It self-freezes while churning. Without preuse routines, you can make ice cream anytime anyday just because. On top of that, it is easy to make and can be a fun experience for the whole family, especially the kids who want to learn how ice creams are made.
Second, it makes good quality ice cream. Once you go making ice cream from scratch, you never go back. It’s like a whole new world.
Third. Delicious, healthy, and fresh ice cream. I won’t say more.