Nothing 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 a shaded patio 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 a refreshing watermelon gelato, or some tangy lemon sorbet. With your own ice cream equipment, you can make healthy, natural ice cream AND satisfy your taste buds in one fell swoop!
KICA0WH KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment
The KICA0WH ice cream bowl has the largest capacity in the industry, capable of holding up to two quarts of ice cream, sorbet, gelato and other delicious frozen desserts. Its open design makes it easier to add ingredients. Both KICA0WH and KAICA models share the same dimensions (7”H x 1”W x 8.5”D) and weigh 6 pounds.
The KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment 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 which spreads, scrapes and mixes the batter as it rotates inside the freezer bowl. Click here for the KICA0WH.
The KICA0WH fits all stand mixers except models KSM6573C and KSM7. For these, KitchenAid created the KitchenAid KAICA Ice Cream Maker Attachment. Click here for the KAICA.
Ice Cream Mixing Tips
If you are unfamiliar with the process, here are a few clarifying tips that should help you decide whether making your own 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. But first, it’s important to understand that the ice cream making process consists of two steps: conversion, i.e. mixing batter into ice cream to produce soft ice cream, and ripening, i.e. storing soft ice cream into your freezer for 2 to 4 hours to harden consistency.
* 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.
* Allow for the fact that freezing reduces sweetness.
* The type of cream you use will dictate the texture of your ice cream based on 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 two quarts of ice cream, your initial batter volume should not exceed 46 ounces!
* 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.
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Steps
Still scratching your head wondering how do ice cream makers work? That’s simple: just follow the KitchenAid ice cream maker instructions included with purchase. Here are a few of the recommended steps, just to give you an idea of the process involved:
*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;
* have all your ingredients mixed before you even take it out of the freezer: it will not work well if allowed to thaw at all;
*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 a storage container; never store ice cream in the Freeze Bowl.
KitchenAid Mixer Ice Cream Maker Reviews
The great majority of users love their KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment; they find it easy to assemble, use and clean and claim it makes a popular gift. In fact, many brag about using it every weekend. Some even boast of having owned their KICA0WH for years – even TEN YEARS using it at least twice a month – or getting a second one to make more flavors at once!!!
However, there have been recurring complaints which seem to stem from people not realizing that they need to treat this KitchenAid attachment with a lot of respect. Here are some tips shared by reviewers:
* long-time owners are convinced that they never had leakage or breakage issues because they store it in their freezer away from harm’s way and always ready for duty;
* do not pour your mixture in before turning on your mixer to avoid instant freeze;
* let thaw completely before washing to avoid blue liquid leaking;
* allow the attachment to completely dry before freezing it again in order to avoid cracking.
On a sizzling hot summer day, what better way to end a meal than with an ‘adult’ ice cream – your guarantee of an ever growing fan club which you are equally guaranteed not to find at the supermarket…! Or how about a simple affogato at the end a scrumptious meal – it is sure to impress your guests and have them begging to return soon!!!
And what better than a KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment to get the job done? Decadent double chocolate ice cream, tangy lemon sorbet, fresh strawberry ice cream… this little wizard can whip up any frozen dessert your heart desires in a matter of minutes – with 100% natural ingredients and no preservatives involved!
Whenever you are ready for a cold, refreshing dessert, simply whip your KitchenAid stand mixer ice cream attachment out of the freezer. Ice cream mixing has never been easier, and you can get as creative as you like: Bourbon Pecan, Pear Ginger ice cream – or how about an Olive Oil gelato?
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