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Saturday 23 August 2014

Save money this summer by making your own ice cream

Sarah Stack

Published 13/07/2014 | 00:00

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From left, icream made using the Magimix Le Glacier 1.1 11047, the Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe, the Kenwood IM200

Sales of ice creams is soaring this summer as we swelter in the sunshine. With temperatures hitting record levels, one maker expects to sell an ice cream every two seconds. But could you save money, and keep the kids occupied, by dishing up your own frozen dessert?

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Magimix Le Glacier 1.1 11047

€99

This machine makes good quality ice cream and is compact, but it's not quite as easy to use as some on the market. It's a bit tricky to assemble parts of it, and to clean them.

Its freezer bowl must be in the freezer for 12 to 24 hours before use, and it takes about 30 minutes to mix and freeze a pre-chilled mixture.

Unfortunately, some of it may be wasted because it freezes too hard. A recipe booklet is included that features lots of ideas, albeit for a larger 1.5 litre machine.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe

€87.50

The ICE30 model will give you excellent ice cream. It might be slower than other makers on the market, but the end result is worth the wait and any extra ingredients even spread out.

It is very easy to set up and use, and operates with a simple an on/off switch. It differs from other models in that the bowl rotates and not the paddle. Instructions also include a great range of recipes.

But on the down side it is a lot noisier than others and ice cream can be a little difficult to remove from the bowl.

Kenwood IM200

€41.50

Cheaper than other models, but is it as good? This machine is simple to operate and the controls are well-marked. It comes with a handful of recipes and the end product also tastes good.

However, the machine itself is not quite as easy to use or clean than some others.

Adding ingredients to the mixture requires some skill. The mix can also get too hard to churn if the bowl, which must be frozen for 24 hours before use, has over-frozen and the paddle has to be put in reverse.

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