Thursday, April 13, 2006

Look what the UPS man brought for me!

Do you like how I made that sound like it was a complete surprise? As if I have a secret admirer out there who knows my desire for an ice cream maker and bought it for me?
I wasn't aware that KitchenAid had an ice cream attachment until Sam sent me a link about it. He claims it was just a joke but he knows me well enough to know that I wouldn't pass this up. Of course, it's not my dream machine. There are some things that are spoiled for you after working in a restaurant kitchen, like the fact that someone else does all the dishes. I once worked at a place where they had a $5000 ice cream machine that could crank out 4 qts. in 12 minutes. That is a little excessive for home use but if I had the money I'd surely buy a Musso.
The thing is, I did my research and even though I haven't used my new toy yet, (it needs to freeze for 15 hours first so I'll be up at 6 AM tomorrow making the first batch) I am happy with my choice. Stephen Metcalf from Slate recommends the KitchenAid over other gel-type makers and only gives higher ratings to significantly more expensive ice cream makers (including the Musso).
Amazon was kind enough to give me $30 off for signing up for their credit card (which I will never use again) so the attachment was only $50. The other night we went out for ice cream and it cost $8. How could I NOT buy my own ice cream maker? It's going to save me money in the long run.
Actually, the real reason I've held out so long is that I don't need to eat any more ice cream than I already do, even though it really isn't that much. However, I think I'll be just as happy with homemade low-cal lemon verbena sorbet as I would with ice cream so I may end up saving some calories too. Ha! You can only fool yourself for so long...


At 8:23 AM, Anonymous lindy said...

Ack. I didn't know about this when I bought a little cuisinart ice cream maker last year, or I would have gone with this, for sure.
Why am I using a smaller, lower quality motor to perform this task when the Kitchenaid one is available? ah well. I think my main problem with ice cream making is that I just can't get the gel to freeze hard enough in my freezer compartment of my wimpy apartment fridge.
I need to see about getting permission to have a small chest freezer, and saving up for one. I will be looking forward to seeing how you like this one. Do you have a good freezer that really freezes well?

At 9:33 AM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Yum! I'm coming over this summer for lemon verbena sorbet :) Just try and stop me.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Tea said...

I am so jealous! I don't even have my long lusted after KitchenAid yet. But Mrs. B at Eating Suburbia said I could borrow her ice cream maker and give it a whirl. I see Meyer lemon sorbet in my future...

Have fun with yours--and we'll be wanting a full report. I am sure you won't let us down:-)

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Ivonne said...

Congratulations, Lee!

I'm in the market for an ice cream maker so I can't wait to hear how you like yours and how it works. I have a KA mixer and have been considering buying the ice cream maker attachment.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger shuna fish lydon said...

A little trade secret--

With the home ice cream machines ice cream bases with lower butterfat contents actually work better! So there you go, you could make creamy goodness with little to no cream or egg yolks.

Ice cream is my favorite thing to make. I love all the flavour combinations. I mean, my god, have you seen this one?!!

At 12:13 PM, Blogger lee said...

lindy- Yeah, I'm glad I held out for the KitchenAid. We live in an apartment but luckily my boyfriend is the resident manager so we have permission to have an enormous chest freezer in the basement. I wouldn't have a gel ice cream maker otherwise because my freezer space is valuable and they only make sense if you have enough room to keep it in the freezer all the time.

allison- You are officially invited!

tea- The KitchenAid was a gift from my parents 8 yrs. ago when I decided to go to cooking school. I ended up changing my mind and travelled instead but have never felt guilty about getting the KitchenAid!

Ivonne- Get the attachment!

Shuna- Good to know! I love ice cream too. I could never get bored with all the possibilities. I've mostly made french custard style in the past so I'm excited to try out Philadelphia style, gelatos and sorbets. Woohooo! I have seen Keiko's ice cream. It was one of the one's that pushed me over the edge. Now if someone could hook me up with some mastic...

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