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|20 min||10 x 9 x 18"||1.5 qt.||Yes||3-year limited|
A mid-range appliance, the Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In is brimming with features to help you enjoy batches of your favorite ice cream without even stepping out of your front door. More importantly, this particular appliance is entirely designed for ease of use, ensuring that beginners won’t have a hard time with it. Best of all, making your own ice cream will also help you avoid quite a few harmful ingredients that are often present in store-bought frozen treats. By the same token, this appliance will provide dieters and diabetics with greater precision over their ingredients: indeed, you get to decide how much sugar you want in your dessert or if you want to substituted the sugar for healthier ingredients like honey or maple syrup.
Fully automatic, this particular model does provide a great value for money. The Mix It In by Cuisinart is one of the rare ice cream makers that do not require any rock salt and ice cubes treatment before use, which largely shortens the preparation time, allowing you to cater to events in no time at all. Its polished, contemporary design also fits easily in just about kitchen décor. In spite of its budget-friendly price, the machine includes quite a few features that are normally found in higher-end appliances.
Still, this model does hold a couple of downsides to its name. One user, for example, commented on the noise factor and compared this machine to a hairdryer in terms of noise. While the noise factor wasn’t unbearable, these customers commented that the sounds became irritating after a while. One customer claimed to have had a few issues with the dispenser and found it hard to use. A couple of users also complained about the cleaning up. Otherwise, for its price, the machine does provide excellent value for the money and will help you quickly make up your favorite dessert without any of the guilt associated with fattening, sugary store-bought ice cream.
Ths model comes with a capacity of 1.5 quarts of ice cream per batch. This serving is large enough for several people, enabling you to easily cater to parties or other such gatherings. If you need a bigger quantity, you can always prepare it ahead of time and store it in the freezer. This also saves you the time and hassle of continuously having to turn the appliance on and off.
This model requires around fifteen to twenty minutes to complete the churning process. While the mixing bowl does not require any special treatment with chemicals or salt and ice, it does need to be refrigerated overnight, something that can slightly increase the preparation time. Also, while twenty minutes has been shown to provide soft-serve ice cream, you can also freeze your mixture after the churning process for a firmer and denser texture.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
This appliance can be used to make both ice cream and frozen yogurt. A couple of users also successfully managed to prepare other delicacies such as frozen drinks, sherbet, sorbet and the likes. The appliance even includes a dial control, giving you greater precision over the churning process. The fully automatic option allows you to sit back and relax while the machine does all the work for you.
With this machine, users will also be able to make the most out of the double-insulated freezer bowl that has been especially designed to maintain an optimal temperature and largely enhance the overall quality of your ice cream or frozen yogurt.
As far as cleaning up is concerned, this machine includes fully detachable parts that can be cleaned in the dishwasher or under running water. Along with the soft-serve dispenser, this cutting-edge machine also comes with a cone holder as well as a handy built-in condiment holders to easily add chocolate chips, sprinkles, coconut flakes and other such additions to your mixture.
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
Although this model comes with a very nice presentation that is certain to look well on any kitchen, it doesn’t come with as high capacity as the similarly-priced models Cuisinart ICE-30BC and Maxi-Matic Elite. However, all things considered it is certainly worth the purchase. With a BPA-free design for safer use, the Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In is protected by a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 3 years.
- Additional Capabilities: Soft-serve Ice Cream, Yogurt, Sorbet and Sherbet
- Churning Time: 20 min
- Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 11″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 15 lbs
- Capacity: 1.5 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 3-year Limited