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KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Review

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachmentNothing like a heat wave to make you appreciate the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment

Seriously, can you think of anything better on a sweltering hot day than sitting on the patio (shaded of course) with an ice cream cone or a bowl of gelato?

Now close your eyes and imagine the luscious taste of cappuccino ice cream with chunks of rich, dark chocolate, or maybe a little something lighter like clean, refreshing watermelon gelato, or perhaps lemon sorbet.

Having your own ice cream maker allows you to make healthy, natural ice cream and satisfy your taste buds in one fell swoop…

Main Features

KitchenAid ice cream maker freezer bowlKitchenAid’s ice cream maker attachment bowl features an open design which makes it easier to add ingredients.

The KICA0WH comes with an adapter ring which attaches to the bottom of the bowl so that it will fit tilt-head stand mixers.

The adapter attaches over the beater shaft which fits on top of the dasher. As it rotates inside the freezer bowl, it spreads, scrapes and mixes the batter.

Dimensions

Both KICA0WH and KAICA models share the same dimensions (7”H x 1”W x 8.5”D) and weigh 6 pounds.

Cleaning

Always allow the Freeze Bowl to reach room temperature before washing it by hand in hot water with mild detergent. Thoroughly dry before storing it back in the freezer.

KICA0WH Related Items

The KICA0WH fits all stand mixers except models KSM6573C and KSM7. For these, KitchenAid created the KAICA Ice Cream Maker attachment.

Food for Thought

Tips

Of course, always follow manufacturer recommendations, but if you are unfamiliar with ice cream makers, here are a few tips that touch on the process of making ice cream. These should help clarify whether the churning of frozen desserts has a place in your future, or if you would rather drive to your supermarket/ice cream parlour and buy it ready made.

First, the process of making ice cream consists of two steps:
. Conversion: mixing batter into ice cream will produce soft ice cream;
. Ripening: storing soft ice cream into your freezer for 2-4 hours will harden the consistency.

Start by storing your KitchenAid Freeze Bowl in the back of your freezer where it is the coolest for a minimum of 15 hours or, space permitting, just keep it there permanently so you are always ready to indulge a ‘frozen dessert whim’. 🙂

Prepare your ice cream batter in advance so it has time to chill completely in the refrigerator before you start.

If your recipe requires pre-cooking, allow time for your mixture to cool completely in the refrigerator.

Don’t forget that freezing will reduce sweetness.

We've come a long way since those ice cream parlors...

The type of cream you use will dictate the texture of your ice cream based on its fat content:
.Heavy cream: 36%
.Whipping cream: 30%
.Light cream: 18%
.Half & half: 10%

Keep in mind that your batter volume will increase during the conversion process: to produce 2 quarts of ice cream, your initial batter volume should not exceed 46 ounces!

Set your KitchenAid mixer to ‘Stir’ and pour your batter into the Freezer Bowl. Never turn your stand mixer on after adding your ingredients or they will freeze instantly. Always follow recommended speeds: faster is not better here – it will just take longer for the conversion process to take place.

Allow at least 12-15 minutes for the batter to get stirred before adding any solid ingredients (chocolate chips, fruit, etc.); even better if you wait till the final couple of minutes of the mixing process.

Once the ice cream is ready, immediately transfer it to serving bowls or to a storage container. Never store ice cream in the Freeze Bowl.

For firmer consistency, store your ice cream in an airtight container for 2-4 hours.

Feedback

Many customers brag about using their ice cream maker attachment every weekend, though there has been the occasional complaint about blue cooling get leaking from the bowl.

The best way to prevent this is to realize that the Freezer Bowl should be treated with great respect specially when it is frozen; you might want to let it defrost completely before washing.

Delight your guests with an affogato!Making your own ice cream allows you to get really creative. On a hot summer day, I can’t think of a better way to end a meal than with an ‘adult ice cream’ which you certainly won’t find at the supermarket. And what better than a KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment to get the job done?

Whether you are serving a Bourbon Pecan or a Pear Ginger ice cream, or even a simple affogato to end a scrumptious meal, your guests will be amazed.

Bet you they can’t wait for their next invite!

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