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Cuisinart Commercial Ice Cream Maker

MadMom's picture

Saw this in the newest Sur La Table Catalog...$299.  That sounds like a better deal than the ones I've seen before.  Has anyone bought one of these?  Any comments?  I don't even know why I want it.  I need therapy.



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #1 of 37)

I googled and saw that they sell them at Home depot. The reason I mention this is that the Cuisinart web site did not mention if the container is removable. So a visit to the local HD would be in order. Do NOT get one that does not have a removable container. The cleanup would drive you nuts. The one I have is a DeLonghi with a removable container. All you have to do is pour 2 tbsp alcohol in the fixed cylinder and place the removable cylinder inside the fixed one. I use vodka...you can suck it with a straw later :-)

Having said that mine is quite loud and I place it in another room if I am working in the kitchen.

Hope this helps.

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #2 of 37)

Well, drat.  I drove by Sur La Table to look at the Cuisinart and was not impressed.  I asked them to plug it in, and it was also loud.  I seem to remember that the one we had at the Central Market School was so quiet that they plugged it in and let it run while they were teaching class.  Now, that is what I want!  Of course, that one is probably four times the price of the Cuisinart, which, incidentally is only $249 at the store (as opposed to $299 in the catalog.)  I went by Central Market to find out what the brand was on the one they had there, and they were having a private party in the old classroom, so no one could go in to check for me.  They're supposed to call when the party ends and let me know.  I was hoping yours was quiet, because it certainly makes great ice cream.  I was also a bit surprised at the time on the Cuisinart...30 - 45 min for soft ice cream, and up to an hour for harder stuff...does yours take that long?  My little Cuisinart with the frozen bowls only takes about 20 minutes. 



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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #54689, reply #3 of 37)

I think CookingLight does a line-up of ice cream makers in this month's issue. It's not as detailed as FC's, but it's something.

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #7 of 37)

You don't happen to remember which one they recommended, do you?  Did they say that any were quieter than others?  Or more powerful?



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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #54689, reply #8 of 37)

Does it mean I read too many cooking magazines when I can't remember where I read something? I just flipped through both the current CL and Saveur and it's in neither. That must mean it was in April's Gourmet, which I read from the library LOL.
If no one else here can respond, I'll check out their recommendations tomorrow when we are at the library.
HTH,
Charlotte

PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #4 of 37)

That is a clue for sure. It probably means that the compressor is not quite up to the job. Mine takes about 15-20 minutes if there is no booze in the mixture. The more hooch, the longer it takes. I remember once overdoing it with the Cointreau in a strawberry ice cream custard and the damn thing took forever (I think about 50 minutes). Sure was good though.

Cheers,

Peter

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #6 of 37)

Okay - when I find out which one I really want to buy, you have to promise to share your recipes, right?



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #9 of 37)

Sure.

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #10 of 37)

Peter - I found this one online.  It's the Simac DeLonghi GC4000 - is it similar to yours?



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #17 of 37)

No. I will post a pic later.

 

PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #19 of 37)

Here are two pics of it. It does a fine job, but I really wish it was a LOT more quiet. Its not the compressor but the stir thingie that makes all the racket. Oh well, enough complaining.

 

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MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #20 of 37)

It is a DeLonghi, right?  I'm seriously considering the one I pictured.  The lady swears it's quiet, and a sales person would never lie, right?  HAHA.  Of course, I have the little Cuisinart which you freeze the bowls for, plus I have three bowls...do I really reallyl need to get another one?  Help me.



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(post #54689, reply #28 of 37)

No, No, No,....sorry, Capricorn in me..Pamilyn

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MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #21 of 37)

I think I found it on Amazon...is it the DeLonghi ICK8500?  The one I'm looking at is a bit bigger, but don't know if that means anything. 



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #22 of 37)

Yeah, its the ICK 8500.

Bigger may be relative. Most of these home machines have a 1.5L bowl. And you generally can only fill it about 3/4 way due to expansion of the custard. Again, don't be tempted to buy one that does not have a removable bowl.

Cheers,

Peter

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #23 of 37)

This one has a 1.8 qt bowl, and everything comes apart for cleaning.  Sounds very much like yours, but evidently DeLonghi bought Simac or vice versa, and now they are selling it under the DeLonghi-Simac brand.  Can you really do anything with it that you cannot do with a little frozen bowl one like I have?



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54689, reply #24 of 37)

I don't know what you do with your little frozen bowl.

Cheers,

Peter

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #25 of 37)

Smart aleck...I ask for help, and I get smart comments.  Oh well, I did use one of my little frozen bowls to make ice cream last night, and it was quite good.  I am really wondering if I need one of those fancy-pants ice cream makers.



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SondraG's picture

(post #54689, reply #5 of 37)

I don't even know why I want it.  I need therapy.

 BUying cool stuff is cheaper than therapy and more rewarding.  Don't worry, be happy...

Life is good....

 

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(post #54689, reply #11 of 37)

MadMom, You are not going to lose that Sally with THAT in the house...:)   Pamilyn

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MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #12 of 37)

Shhhh - that was not what I wanted to hear. 



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Li's picture

(post #54689, reply #13 of 37)

But it makes sorbet, too. Wouldn't that help with the half-a-Sally loss?

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MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #14 of 37)

Sorbet is good.  Oh, what do I care?  My chances of ever losing half a Sally are getting dimmer and dimmer, but I do really want an ice cream maker.  Why?  I don't know.



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Li's picture

(post #54689, reply #15 of 37)

You might want to wait for FC#74 to appear before you buy. I just now copyedited an ice-cream maker review. ;-)


Edited 5/10/2005 4:42 pm ET by Li

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MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #16 of 37)

Ooooooh - you really expect me to wait four months?



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(post #54689, reply #18 of 37)

I have been lusting after a compressor machine for nigh onto 20 years. Have the donvier which I find to be a pain in the $ss. Actually , I should have used the past tense. I made lovely vanilla ice cream on Sun eve and an angel food cake with the whites and it didn't frreze. So we had cake and custard. Nice, but not what I had in mind. And I still have two cups of very rich custard in the fridge. Trifle anyone?


So, you do the research and then we'll all buy the same one. I think the Lussino is supposed to be the Cadillac and I thought that was what Peter had. It runs $600 USD. Mucho more in Cdn pesos. Mind you, the Simac was the one I wanted 20 years ago and it was $1000 Cdn then so some things have come down in price. 

soccermom's picture

(post #54689, reply #26 of 37)

I hear you can make slushy margueritas and daiquiris in them. So when's the party?

 


 

 

 

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #27 of 37)

You realize that is a consideration, right?  Of course, my VitaMix makes the world's best frozen margaritas, anyway, so don't know if I really should consider that part.  Also, for some reason, I think a summer of eating ice cream and drinking frozen margaritas might not help in my quest to lose half a Sally.



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poodlequeen's picture

(post #54689, reply #29 of 37)

I have had the Simac ice cream maker for seven or eight years. Back then it cost $499. It's excellent. Makes exquisitely smooth ice creams and sorbets. I do mostly sorbets because of the lower fat content (as in buttermilk sorbets). It is noisy(because of the compressor and the turning mechanism), so it is kept and used in the basement. The removable bowl etc is really important.Easy to clean up. Get the best machine you can afford.I really stewed about spending $499, as I make sorbet 4-6 times a year, but I am very glad that I bought it. You have it for a lifetime. The little Donvier/Cuisinart(which I gave away) --no, no --too ditsy.I don't know the chemistry of the churning -- but the Simac really smooths out the texture in a way the Donvier/Cuisinart does not.

A couple yers ago, I bought a new 6 qt Kitchenaid mixer. It was so noisy, I exchanged it. The second one was just as noisy, so I kept it, and it has worked fine. I wonder, what happened to the first one? Probably got sold at 1/2 price as a reconditioned model. If you are looking for a way around the high cost of the compressor style ice cream makers, try a reconditioned on with a guarantee. Hope that helps.

MadMom's picture

(post #54689, reply #30 of 37)

I'm just ill.  I finally convinced myself to buy the darned ice cream maker, which had been $398 with virtually free shipping (I think under two dollars) and I went to the URL I had bookmarked, and it isn't there.  Searched their web site and couldn't find it.  Googled, and the cheapest price I could find was $475, so now I'm going to have to forget it.  Refuse to spend almost $100 more.  Darn.  Oh well, maybe somebody will put them on sale again.  This one was supposed to be on sale until Father's Day, but it isn't there...they must have sold out.



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