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KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Review

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KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for the Stand Mixer

© Kimberly Kunaniec

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a common tool in many kitchens. KitchenAid sells a wide variety of attachments that work with the mixer to do everything from rolling pasta dough to grinding meat. They also sell an ice cream maker attachment that allows you to make frozen desserts at home.

Keep reading to find out the pros and cons of the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, plus a review and tips for owners to help make the most of their ice cream freezer.

Pros

  • The bowl has plenty of space to churn five cups of ice cream base without diminishing the quality of the ice cream. This is more than many other home ice cream freezers.
  • Storage space is relatively small compared to other home ice cream freezers. The bowl is the size of a standard KitchenAid mixer bowl, and the churn and other parts can be stored right inside it.
  • The mixer is easy to clean. The dasher is dishwasher safe, so you will only need to wash the bowl by hand.

Cons

Homemade Orange Sorbet

Orange sorbet in a home ice cream freezer.

Image © Kimberly Kunaniec
  • The bowl needs to be frozen for at least 15 hours before use, so you can't make ice cream at the spur of the moment.
  • A thin layer of ice cream may freeze to the side of the bowl and not be churned into the center of the mixture. To combat this, when your ice cream is finished, scrape down the sides of the bowl and allow it to churn for one more minute to evenly incorporate everything.
  • The KitchenAid mixer can be quite loud, depending on what you are churning.

Review

If you check out some of my ice cream and sorbet recipes, you will notice that some of them include pictures of the frozen dessert in a KitchenAid ice cream maker. This is the ice cream maker that I own and use on a regular basis. Although it isn't perfect, as you can see from the list of cons above, it is a simple device that is easy to use.

One thing I love about the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment is how easy it is to clean. The bowl has smooth surfaces that can be wiped down easily. The dasher (churn) part can actually be washed in the dishwasher, saving you time and getting things really clean.

Tips

Since this is the freezer I use regularly, I have put together a few tips to help users make the most out of their KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment.

  • If you have the freezer space and make ice cream on a regular basis, just keep the bowl stored in the freezer. I make ice cream on a regular basis, so having my ice cream freezer ready at all times is a great help.
  • Refrigerate your ice cream mixture before churning it. This is one of my top tips for making ice cream, and it applies to nearly any home ice cream freezer. It will churn faster and more completely than if you add warm liquid to the machine.
  • Turn your mixer on to the lowest speed while you pour in the ice cream base. Once it is all in, turn up the speed to two or three while you are churning.
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