Somehow I got it stuck in my mind that it would be fun to make ice cream for everyone. The ice cream that Jay made for my book release party was a huge hit, so I thought, "why not?". We have two ice cream makers, so of course I thought it would be a breeze. Our Cuisinart is amazing, and while I had never used the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, I assumed it would be amazing as well.
Once I settled on gourmet ice cream for everyone for Christmas, I started looking for containers to put them in. Sweet Bliss Containers had what I was looking for and more! I happened to run across a sorbet recipe that I *had* to make. So instead of one gourmet flavor, we were now up to two that we were going to make for everyone. I made the list of people who were going to receive the ice cream and came up with ten families/couples. Not bad. Essentially twenty quarts of ice cream that Jay and I were going to have to crank out.
However, we're procrastinators who were really enjoying being off of work and we didn't get around to starting the ice cream until Monday evening about six o'clock. No problem. We had twenty-three, well, make that twenty-two hours before we actually needed the ice cream. We were ahead of the game. Right? It only takes twenty minutes in the Cuisinart to make a batch of ice cream, so I assumed the KitchenAid would be about the same.
We started with our bases. We thought we could made a base, set it to cool, start a second base, then put the first batch in the ice cream makers while the second batch cooled, and start our third batch. It worked out perfectly. In my mind. In reality, it didn't work at all.
|Cream cheese vanilla ice cream and Chocolate Aztec sorbet base|
First batch in my beloved KitchenAid. I was very, very disappointed to say the least. The KitchenAid ice cream maker sucks. I'd be really pissed about it if I'd spent any money on it, but it came as part of our rebate when we bought our mixer (which I love and can't believe I lived without it for so long). If all we had was the KitchenAid one and I had never used the Cuisinart, I might like it. But we have the Cuisinart and it's worth every penny.
|Save your money. Buy a Cuisinart instead.|
Jay's batch went into the Cuisinart, which worked like a champ. For the first batch. After that, we were just asking too much from it.
|I love this ice cream maker.|
|Our outdoor cooling area.|
After spending hours trying to get our first batch cooled and packed, we gave up and spooned all of the base into the ice cream containers. After all, the machine is not necessary for making ice cream; it just helps to cool everything to the right consistency. With the decision made to not use the ice cream makers, we cranked out the rest of our bases and put them in the containers, then packed them into the freezer and crossed our fingers.
The worst part of my "let's make cool stuff for Christmas" ideas, by far, are the dishes. Gah! I hate doing dishes.
|Man, I hate doing dishes.|
We got lucky and managed to eek out our first four sets just in time for Christmas Eve.