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This ice cream maker, the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 qt. model, is an automatic countertop ice cream maker. It comes with an aluminum canister (which you can see in the picture above) that you keep in your freezer. The frozen canister works to freeze the ice cream while the machine churns – no rock salt and ice required! We’ve had our ice cream maker for quite awhile now and it still works great!
A few notes about ice cream making:
- Always turn the machine on to start churning before pouring the ice cream mixture into the machine. If you don’t, the ice cream will instantly start freezing to the sides of the ice cream maker and the blades won’t be able to churn.
- I add a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to all my ice cream recipes for several reasons: 1) it helps provide a creamy texture, 2) it keeps the ice cream from sticking to the sides of the frozen canister so much, and 3) when leftovers (smirk) are frozen then thawed to an eatable state (3 hours in the fridge to let it thaw slowly works great), the vegetable glycerin makes it scoop-able instead of icy. I buy my vegetable glycerin here on Amazon, but you can find it at Whole Foods and some other stores in the skincare/healthcare section. I know that NOW brand is food grade.
Just as I have become known for my Trim Healthy Mama-friendly ice cream recipes, I have also become known for my facial expressions (especially over in the THM Blogger Test Kitchen (Unofficial) Facebook group…), so I thought I would grace this post with a few in celebration of 15K LIKES! Woohoo!
Pardon the strange color cast in these photos. The day my mom decided to paint the kitchen red…
Speaking of ice cream, you can click here to see my ice cream recipe picture index! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, there are some single-serve recipe options that can be made with a blender, and most of the ice cream recipes have suggestions in their Notes sections about how to make them without an ice cream maker (although an ice cream maker does give a better texture).
You can click here to see the ice cream maker model that I am giving away. Entries must be made through the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below. Follow the instructions to earn entries. If you have trouble entering on mobile, try a computer (Rafflecopter can be finicky with mobile sometimes). The giveaway will end Monday, May 30th, 2016, at midnight EST. The winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim prize. I will have Amazon ship the ice cream maker directly to you. If you live outside the USA and shipping costs are outrageous, I will just email you a $50 Amazon gift card. Thanks for participating!