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Old 28.06.2015, 16:34
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Ice cream maker at Aldi

I saw an ice cream maker at Aldi for CHF29. Has anyone bought one and used? Any comments or reviews? Is it a good price for entry level ice cream making?

I've never used an ice cream maker before, and would like to dabble with flavours not usually found.
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Old 28.06.2015, 19:30
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

I have 3 different ice cream makers - a Phillips, a Donvier and a Krups - not all in same place! The one that is easiest to use, takes the least space in the freezer, makes the least noise and most consistent product is the Philips, purchased with my Boots points back in 1999. The ice cream maker is still going strong (and I thanks to what it produces, just downed a batch of raspberyy frozen yogurt).

I haven't seen the Aldi machine (will look to see if it is visible on their site after I post this) but it doesn't need to be very high-tec, just an on/off switch. I have no proof, but I think a more shallow freezing bowl allows more of the mixture to come into contact with the cold surface as it churns. A removable bowl takes up a lot less space than some models where the whole bottom part goes in the freezer. I keep my bowl in the freezer 24/7, 365 days/yr and then the fefreezing time before next batch is shorter.

I have eyed the more fancy models with a compressor, but think I would eat far too much frozen goodness.
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Old 28.06.2015, 19:36
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

I've just looked at the Aldi maker and would say, yes it is a good price, but for a bit more you can probably find something more convenient for storing in your freezer. The machine pictured has the freezing bowl integrated into the plastic base, and unless you have a roomy freezer could be a bit of a nuisance.
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Old 28.06.2015, 19:54
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

We have a similar one, which I'm sure my wife paid more for.

As far as I saw, the Aldi one functions in the same way as the one we have.

The bottom bowl part needs to go in the freezer for a few hours prior to making ice cream (as far as I can see - and guess - the bowl is double skinned, with what I assume could be some liquid coolant between the 'skins').

Then the ingredients are added and the lid with stirring attachment is put on and started.

This should continue for about 20 - 30 mins, but only gives something of the consistency of partly melted ice cream. The bowl, with contents, needs to be returned to the freezer for a couple more hours, or so (or contents transferred into another container for freezing).

But it works - it just needs time and freezer space - and seems good for the money.

It will be probably come with a small recipe book/list, but is basically cream plus flavour ingredient - but, effectively, you can try what you want.
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Old 28.06.2015, 19:57
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

Hi, I bought a similar cheap one at CASA once.

It works well but as previous poster said, you need space in the freezer as the full container needs to go in for a good 12 hours before you make your ice cream.

Also, on mine there is no "on" switch that stays on without me having to leave my finger on it. It was be very boring for 20 minutes....

All that being said, I've made decent frozen yogurt with it
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

I have had a cheap Phillips one for a long time- still going strong. It has an inner container with a double wall with the inside filled with some sort of gel that freezes well. You put container in the freezer overnight- then use it outside the freezer, with a lid and paddle that goes round, aerating and smoothing the ice-cream for about 40 mins (a bit longer if you make ice-cream with booze- I often make ice-cream with absinthe, surprise, surprise- it is a - ma - zing).
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Old 28.06.2015, 21:48
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

Yes, I can see why size and form factor is key, now that you mention it. I see this one from Aldi is only 9cm high. That sounds like a couple of scoops at the most. It might work for experimenting. But it seems like I would need a bigger machine to serve up a small dinner party.

I previously bought a Kitchen Aid ice cream maker adapter, but I never really got anything good out of it. Twice some very cold and runny cream. Maybe I was suppose to refreeze it like TiMow says. It was such a hassle just to own. I don't even know what I've done with it. I may have tossed it during spring cleaning.

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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldis

"I often make ice-cream with absinthe"

You spent too long in the East Midlands
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Yes, I can see why size and form factor is key, now that you mention it. I see this one from Aldi is only 9cm high. That sounds like a couple of scoops at the most. It might work for experimenting. But it seems like I would need a bigger machine to serve up a small dinner party.

I previously bought a Kitchen Aid ice cream maker adapter, but I never really got anything good out of it. Twice some very cold and runny cream. Maybe I was suppose to refreeze it like TiMow says. It was such a hassle just to own. I don't even know what I've done with it. I may have tossed it during spring cleaning.

Thanks for the feedback
With most of these ice cream machines (1lt capacity generally) you will get a better and faster result if you freeze smaller batches, so for a dinner party start a few days in advance and store what you have produced. If you return the stainless steel freezing bowl to the freezer immediately it is usually good to go again in ~12hrs. If you are making a mixture heavy on full-fat cream and egg yolks it will not get overly hard (icy) but perfect for serving.

I tend to make low-fat minimum sugar mixtures (w/yogurt) that get harder if put in the freezer, but the advantage is the rest of the family stays clear - waiting for when I make the real stuff.
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Re: Ice cream maker at Aldi

Buy one with integrated freezer, nothing to put in the freezer, and you can make as much as you like.

I gave my 20+ year old Simac to my daughter, as my wife bought a new one.

So, CHF 200 or so new, that's less than 10/year.

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Buy one with integrated freezer, nothing to put in the freezer, and you can make as much as you like.

I gave my 20+ year old Simac to my daughter, as my wife bought a new one.

So, CHF 200 or so new, that's less than 10/year.

Tom
I thought about that, and wife said "No! We don't want yet another appliance we rarely use to clutter the kitchen." And I thought one of these cheaper makers would be kind of harmless. But I agree with you that to do it right, you would have an integrated freezer. I think I'll look around and see if I can spot one.
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Buy one with integrated freezer, nothing to put in the freezer, and you can make as much as you like.

I gave my 20+ year old Simac to my daughter, as my wife bought a new one.

So, CHF 200 or so new, that's less than 10/year.

Tom
Nothing to put in the freezer but, something to not put in the freezer and clutter up the space between the Jura coffee machine and the Kitchenmaid.
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Nothing to put in the freezer but, something to not put in the freezer and clutter up the space between the Jura coffee machine and the Kitchenmaid.
Or put away in a cupboard.

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