- Makes 1 quart of ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, frozen drinks
- No salt or ice needed; freezer bowl and paddle do the work
- Aluminum freezer bowl cleans easily
- 9-1/2-inches high, 8-Inch in diameter
- Recipes included
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The ice cream maker needs only a few cranks every couple minutes while the ice cream freezes. Its easy enough to use, clean, and store. So far we've been leaving the liner in the freezer so there's no waiting. The entire process is about 30 mins from start to finish. Glad I didn't buy an electric one.
The Ben & Jerry's ice cream book has a recipe for a no cook egg/sugar/cream base which is easy to make and tastes great. Haven't yet been concerned enough about the raw eggs to try a recipe that needs cooking (but I did go to the store to buy fresh eggs). So far the batches we made were only loosely based on recipes on the book - we mostly just threw in ingredients we had laying around the house. But the book gives enough background so one has an idea what will and won't work.
The Donvier lets you create the fresh flavors you want, when you want them. So, I get my chocolate chip with rich veins of beautiful Ghiradelli's milk chocolate chips and just a few semi-sweet for the heck of it. My wife's favorite is fresh peach and that's what she gets. You know what - in season, it tastes very much like a beautifully ripe peach! Only better.
Freeze the container overnight. Dump in the ingredients. Pop the lid on. Stir. Wait a bit. Stir some more. Repeat for ... minutes or so. Yesterday, I made a quart of ice cream while I was in the midst of preparing dinner for six - it was just no problem. The ice cream got such rave reviews from our guests that I was troubled at how easy it was to make.
Chocolate chip TIP: Wait until it's partly frozen up before you dump in the chips - they don't all settle down to the bottom that way.
We've had our Donvier for almost ten years and have never had a problem. Hey, what could go wrong? it's a metal bowl with a plastic handle that you turn inside it. I suppose you could break the handle with an excess of joie de vivre, but they're pretty cheap to replace. Ah, you ask, but is it easy to use? Well, turning a crank in a bowl is a fundamental human activity - *anybody* can do it!
No more need you buy Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip peanut turbot ice cream at 3 bucks a pint or so. The Donvier makes it just too easy to make incredibly good, fresh ice cream yourself.
Buy one. Now. You won't regret it.