Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Bella Hyman
Cuisinart makes another model, the Flavor Duo, with two 1-quart freezer bowls, which enables you to make two different kinds of ice cream simultaneously. These countertop units are very affordable (both well under $100) and produce excellent ice cream and a variety of other frozen desserts. By the way, the difference in these units and the Italian gelato makers costing $600-$700 is the mechanism involved. These more expensive makers do not require pre-frozen freezer bowls, but contain little compressors that actually chill and eventually freeze the ice cream - a much more complex piece of equipment.
You put the bowl in the ice cream maker, set the little plastic mixing arm into place, pour the ice cream mix in the bowl, and turn on the unit for 20 to 30 minutes. That's about all there is to it. The top of the unit is open to allow for the addition of goodies like nuts and chocolate chips without interrupting the freezing cycle. The only thing that the unit's small motor does is turn the bowl so that the cream mixture is churned during the freezing process. The churning incorporates air into the mixture and ensures a creamy result.