I have to say that the ice cream maker was one KitchenAid mixer attachment that I was pretty excited about getting. I have always wanted to make my own ice cream but in the past I have only ever purchased those cheap versions that just never seem to work properly. For some inexplicable reason, I could never get the mixture to actually turn into ice cream. So when the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment arrived I wanted to try it out right away.
Unfortunately however it wasn’t quite that simple, as you have to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours prior to use. So we immediately popped it into the freezer and waited until the next day to try it out.
This wasn’t such a bad thing really as it gave us time to check out the recipes in the instruction manual that comes with the attachment. And once we decided which recipe we wanted to try we headed out to buy the ingredients we needed.
Now, let’s get one thing clear straight up, if you are looking for healthy ice cream recipes then forget the recipes in this book. They are full of sugar and cream and other yummy ingredients and are absolutely divine and great tasting but more on that later.
What’s in the Box
This attachment will convert your KitchenAid stand mixer into an ice cream maker. How cool is that!?…(no pun intended). It comes with a freeze bowl which is pretty much the same size as your regular mixer bowl, a dasher which is the mixer blade and a drive assembly which allows you to attach the dasher to the mixer.
Will it Work With My Mixer?
This works with any KitchenAid stand mixer built after 1990. We use it on a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. You can create up to 1.9 litres of ice cream in this attachment. But not only that you can also make yogurt, gelato, sorbet and other frozen desserts. It’s important to note that if you have an Australian model KitchenAid mixer then the US version of this attachment will not work for you. I’m not sure about other countries but I know that the Australian model requires a different drive assembly so ensure you purchase the Australian version of the ice cream attachment. You can buy it online from Peters of Kensington.
We have the Australian version because we have an Australian KitchenAid Stand mixer and we are not happy with the drive assembly which is completely different to the US version. Twice when we have been making ice cream the drive assembly has come loose while the mixing process is in progress. We are yet to see anyone complain about the US version of the drive assembly so we can only assume that it works without any problems so it appears to only be a problem with the Australian version as far as we can tell.
Our First Test
As we’ve already mentioned, to use the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment you need to first place the freeze bowl in the freezer. It’s actually easier just to store it in the freezer so you never have to wait. We left it for at least 24 hours and I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that they needed to leave it longer than the 15 hours KitchenAid recommends as the ice cream didn’t turn out as well. So to be safe it might be worth freezing for at least 24 hours particularly if your freezer is on a low setting or you live in a hot climate.
The next step was making the ice cream mixture. We decided on the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream and I’m so glad we did. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this turned out to be the best chocolate ice cream I have ever tasted. My mouth is watering now as I even think about it but I digress.
Now I suggest that when making ice cream for this KitchenAid mixer attachment that you give yourself plenty of time because not only do you have to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours but you also have to chill the ice cream mixture for 8 hours. We should have read the recipe in full before even starting but it wasn’t until we made it and got to the end that we saw that we had to chill the mixture for 8 hours before churning. So really, what we should have done when we first received the ice cream attachment was to pop it in the freezer and then immediately make the ice cream mixture so that both could have been ready to go by the next day. Well you live and learn!
Once frozen you assemble the freeze bowl to the stand mixer and add the ice cream mix. Then set the mixer to ‘Stir’ and let it mix for 20 to 30 minutes or until your desired consistency. You can also add other ingredients like nuts, candy, chocolate chips etc. We tried adding chocolate chips during the churning time but that wasn’t the best move. The dasher hit a chocolate chip and proceeded to come loose from the drive assembly. Again this might have something to do with the Australian drive assembly as it just doesn’t sit in place properly so the slightest problem like hitting a chocolate chip causes it to disengage. In future we will simply hand stir in the chocolate chips before freezing.
This ice cream attachment makes soft consistency ice cream. However, if you prefer a firmer consistency you simply transfer the mixed ice cream to an air tight container and store in the freezer for up to 4 hours. Whatever you do, don’t store ice cream in the actual freeze bowl attachment in the freezer. What will happen is the ice cream will firm up and when you try to remove it with metal ice cream scoops or spoons you could easily damage the surface of the freezer bowl.
Our Final Word
We really like this KitchenAid attachment and even with it’s dodgy drive assembly fitting it is one we would recommend because it does actually make really good ice cream. The trick is to not leave it to mix on its own. If you watch as it churns you will be able to see if the drive assembly is about to come lose and turn off the machine to readjust it.
Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid Ice Cream Mixer Attachment?
We’ve bought most of our KitchenAid attachments from Amazon but unfortunately you cannot buy a US version of this attachment for an Australian mixer because they differ. We bought the Australian version from Peters of Kensington.
US readers can purchase the Ice cream maker attachment from Amazon
Photos of how we made the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream recipe that comes with the manual: