I finally broke down and bought a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and I’ve got to tell you, I’m glad I did. I have a family of 10 and being able to make two quarts of homemade sherbet, sorbet, and frozen drinks is a real treat.
As I said, I have a family of 10, so we needed a pretty hefty Cuisinart ice cream maker to keep up. We went with the ICE-30BC which I have to say, is pretty well made. It’s rugged, looks killer, and works like a charm.
The only flaw is, you have to freeze the bowl for a good 24 hours in order to get your creation to the proper consistency.
The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker company has another model that I’ve got my eye on. It’s a commercial Cuisinart ice cream maker and it has its own, built-in freezing chamber. That means, no bowl freezing. Just turn it on and 30 minute later, ice cream!
The down side to that is, it’s $300. BUT, I also found a similar maker (another brand) for $700 so I guess it’s not that bad.
Let me tell you a little bit about the history of this frozen confection, I think you’ll find interesting.
The Emperor of Rome (Nero) was credited with having sent his servants into the mountains to collect snow. This was then mixed with nectar, fruit pulp and honey. Sure, it wasn’t as convenient as a Cuisinart ice cream maker, but it must have been a tasty treat!
No one knows for sure the origin of this fantastic frozen delight, but in the 13th century, Marco Polo came back from Asia with recipes for ‘water ice’. Apparently the Asians had been using them for thousands of years.
Italo Machiony had a cute little pushcart where he sold his homemade frozen dessert on Wall Street. He invented a waffle cone to keep people from running of with his glass cups and patented his idea in 1903.
No matter what you call it, or who made it, whether it contains fruit, nuts, chocolate, or peanut butter (my favorite) you really do need to be able to make your own. Not only is it a bit less expensive, but there are NO preservatives and you can put exactly what you want in it.
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