Ice Cream Makers

Joined Oct 6, 2001
Making my Christmas list and I really want an ice cream maker: anybody have any good or bad experiences they'd like to share?

I'd appreciate any ideas--

from a Carolina blue sky in sunny Texas...

Joined Apr 30, 2001
I have a small, 1 cup, Donvier that I like very well. I have one of the electric ones that work on the same principle - you freeze the container and then pour in the ingredients and the machine cranks itself. I don't like it because it won't take the ice cream past the soft stage, then you freeze it to make it hard and it is never quite right.

I would rather have the old hand crank rock salt using machine or if I had lots of $$$ the electric freezer type. I just don't think that the freeze the maker type stay frozen long enough to make good ice cream.
Joined Mar 13, 2001
You have a good point. I have an electric model (freeze canister type) and the canister does not stay frozen long enough to make good ice cream! :rolleyes:
Joined Aug 4, 2000
The feedback that I've read on the Donvier MANUAL unit all agree: stir one or two revolutions every 3 minutes. I forget the URL for the feedback website. Go to GOOGLE.COM to verify.


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Joined Jun 11, 2001
I normally just stand outside in the winter and churn it by hand. One of the perks about living in Minnesota, plenty cold out there :) Actually, I just have a plain old Rival ice cream machine. You put the ice and salt in and plug it in. Ice cream is ready to in about 20 mins. It might get a little messy sometimes but I've had good results. Cost me about $14 when I bought it.


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