KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker – Full Review
The KitchenAid mixer is one of the most useful appliances available, thanks to several different types of attachments that let you make everything from fresh pasta to ice cream! The innovative KitchenAid 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker attachment is designed to work with all models of KitchenAid stand mixers. It makes delectable treats – gelato, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and of course ice cream are all yours in about 25 minutes.
What makes this ice cream maker attachment work so well? KitchenAid came up with a unique attachment that’s similar to the inner chambers on some automatic ice cream makers: A freeze bowl with a layer of liquid nestled between two stout layers of insulating material. When your ingredients come into contact with the freeze bowl and are agitated by the dasher, the freezing process begins.
The freeze bowl attachment must be stored inside your freezer for about 15 hours prior to the time when you plan to make ice cream. In addition, the ice cream mix (store-bought or homemade, your choice) really should be refrigerated for several hours to ensure that it is cold before the process begins. This extra little bit of effort will lead to better results in the long run, and it’s entirely possible that the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment will finish the job in a significantly shorter amount of time than it would if the ingredients were at room temperature.
Your KitchenAid’s motor is more powerful than the ones on standalone ice cream makers, allowing you to get as much freezing power out of the bowl as you can and often resulting in a firmer finished product that’s a little bit stiffer than soft serve ice cream. If you prefer very hard ice cream, you’ll simply need to transfer the mixture into an airtight container and allow it to ripen in the freezer for at least two hours before serving it.
The KitchenAid ice cream maker stand attachment lets you make about 2 quarts of frozen goodness per cycle, which is about the equivalent to the half-gallon containers sold at supermarkets. If you’ve got a group of 8 people or so, you’ll be able to give them a very generous portion. A larger group will enjoy this ice cream too, but expect disappointment when there are no seconds to be had! If you’re planning a party for several people, consider taking a few days to make multiple batches of ice cream to store in the freezer. Most of the time will be spent waiting for the bowl to re-freeze between uses!
Setup is easy. If you are already familiar with your KitchenAid mixer, then you’ll find that the stand mixer ice cream maker attachment is very easy to use. If you’re still getting to know your KitchenAid, you will soon understand why it’s one of the most popular appliances anywhere.
You won’t need to pay much attention to the ice cream making process in the beginning stages, although I have to admit that it’s fun to watch. Later, as the ice cream firms up, keep a careful eye on your mixer so that it doesn’t “walk” off the counter in the same way that can happen when you’re using the dough hook to make bread.
These are just a few highlights. Read on for more details about the pros and cons that come with owning the KitchenAid KICA0WH 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment.
Innovative, Intuitive Design
You can trust the people at KitchenAid to do a fantastic job, which they once again did with this awesome attachment. When you first look at the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, you might be a bit puzzled by all the supports protruding from the bowl adapter’s sides. The reason this attachment is oddly shaped is that it fits all KitchenAid stand mixers. You may need to take a look at the instructions to see how to attach it to your own mixer model, or like me, you might see the resemblance to the mixer bowl that came with your machine and just pop it right into place.
The mixer ice cream attachment comes with a drive assembly and dasher that fit in the spot where your beater, dough hook or paddle normally go. The dasher rotates throughout the ice cream making process, incorporating a bit of air as it spreads, scrapes, and mixes the dessert.
Easy to Use
The KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment is super-easy to use. Start by getting your chilled ice cream mix out of the refrigerator and attaching the drive assembly to the head of your mixer. The next step is to put the bowl in place. You may or may not need to use the adapter ring that goes under the bowl. Next, you’ll set the dasher into the freeze bowl, lower the drive assembly, and lock it into place. That’s it! You’re ready to make ice cream.
You’ll begin by turning your KitchenAid to its lowest speed and slowly pouring the ingredients over the rotating dasher. Ice cream will start to form in the middle of the bowl. The ice cream will be the consistency of very thin soft-serve in about 20 minutes, depending on variables such as how cold your mixture is when you add it to the freezer bowl and the temperature inside your kitchen. Add mix-ins during this stage. It really helps if they’re frozen! Warm or room temperature mix-ins such as cookies, berries, chocolate chips, or chunks of cake will cause your ice cream to thaw slightly and could cause ice particles to form later. Give the mixer another 5 minutes or so to do its job, and then serve the ice cream or put it into an airtight container to ripen in the freezer for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
While you have to do minimal work to enjoy ice cream from this attachment, you do need to prepare in advance. It helps to just store the bowl in the freezer, ensuring it remains upright so your ice cream will freeze evenly when you find you feel like making it.
Easy to Clean
Cleanup is easy. After serving the ice cream or transferring it to an airtight storage container for ripening, simply wash, rinse, and dry all the pieces. Every part of this attachment but the freezer bowl itself is machine washable, however the dasher, drive assembly and adapter ring are quick and easy to wash by hand. Be careful – if your bowl is still frozen, your towel might stick to it, leaving lint behind. A good soak in hot water will help eliminate this issue.
Makes all Kinds of Frozen Treats
Whether you’re mostly interested in ice cream or want something different such as sorbet, gelato, or frozen custard, you’ll find that the KitchenAid stand mixer ice cream attachment does the trick! You can also use this handy attachment to make frozen drinks such as daiquiris and margaritas, or non-alcoholic slushies for kids and designated drivers.
There are several delicious recipes included in the Use and Care Guide that comes with the attachment, so try a few of those as you familiarize yourself with the process of using your KitchenAid mixer to make ice cream. Once you’re ready to try new things, you’ll find that there are plenty of wonderful books filled with ice cream recipes, plus lots of great recipes online for whatever it is you’re craving.
Most ice cream recipes call for a rich combination of heavy cream, milk, sugar, and maybe even eggs. The fat content in the ingredients contributes to the finished product’s creaminess. If you use low-fat ingredients, your finished product will have an icier texture. You might find this odd in comparison with some of the commercial products available, but keep in mind that lots of low-fat and non-fat ice creams, frozen yogurts, and sorbets have fillers in them to give them a creamy texture. Unless you’re into additives, it’s best to embrace the interesting textures lower fat treats have hen made with all natural ingredients!
The cost of the KitchenAid ice cream maker stand mixer attachment is on par with the price of other KitchenAid mixer attachments. Well under the $100 mark, it lets you take advantage of your KitchenAid’s powerful motor, prevents you from having to buy yet another appliance, and makes it easy to make a vast array of chilly treats to share with friends and family.
“How long does the bowl need to stay in the freezer before making ice cream?”
According to KitchenAid, the bowl needs to remain in the freezer for about 15 hours to reach its coldest point. Putting your freezer on its lowest setting can help speed things up and so can keeping the bowl in the back where the temperature is coldest.
“Can you use a packaged ice cream mix with this or do you have to make your own recipes from scratch?”
Yes, you can use a packaged mix and get great results. Whatever you do, be sure that everything is ice cold at the time you begin the process of making your dessert.
“Is there a lid to cover the bowl of ice cream during storage in the freezer?”
It would be nice if there were a lid, but there’s none available. The best course of action is to transfer the ice cream into a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and pop it into the freezer. There are special ice cream containers on the market, but even the inexpensive disposable kind will work just fine.
“Does this attachment fit stand mixers not made by KitchenAid? I have an Essenso Professeur stand mixer.”
No, it only fits KitchenAid stand mixers.
“Is there a lid for storing the canister inside the freezer?”
No, you’ll need to transfer your dessert to an airtight container for storage inside the refrigerator. It would be nice if containers were included, but they’re sold separately.
“Are there any KitchenAid mixers this attachment won’t fit?”
Yes. Although it fits all the contemporary KitchenAid stand mixers sold in the US, there are some models sold overseas that aren’t compatible, in which case the similar KAICA model may be the one to look for. It fits some of the older KitchenAids, but not all of them. You can check the manufacturer’s site to see whether the KitchenAid KICA0WH is compatible with your mixer.
“Are all the parts dishwasher safe?”
No. The plastic dasher and the adapter ring can be washed in the dishwasher and technically so can the drive assembly, but the bowl cannot be put into the dishwasher. It needs to be brought to room temperature and washed by hand. Don’t try to wash it while it’s still frozen or you’ll end up with an icy mess, complete with bits of lint, sponge, or paper towel stuck to the inside of the bowl.
“Does the KitchenAid stop on its own when the cycle is finished?”
No, but you’ll hear the motor start to take some strain as the ice cream begins to get harder and thicker inside the bowl. This is your cue to stop the motor and quickly serve the ice cream or transfer it to a container to finish hardening inside the freezer.
The KitchenAid KICA0WH 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment lets you use your KitchenAid to make fantastic frozen treats without any ice or salt. It’s super easy to set up and clean, and it makes enough ice cream, sorbet, or gelato to please a small crowd. The finished product is delightful, far better than anything you’ll find in a store, and of course you are in complete control of the ingredients! If you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer and aren’t interested in adding more appliances to your cupboards and countertops, then this is well worth considering. While the process does take some time and forethought, the results are well worth the wait!
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