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    katie in the UP
    Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:16 am Groupie
    DH bought me a KA ice cream attachment....last year. I hated it!!
    I finally got up the nerve to tell him (a year later) so now we are in the market....
    Does anyone have the Cuisinart one?

    I want one strong enough for ice creams...but I really like sorbets also...and I think it's a little rougher on the machines.....
    Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:19 pm
    Forum Host
    If its a well made machine (and hopefully doesn't have plastic gears/motor parts), it should be fine whether you are making ice creams or sorbets.
    Is it the type where you have to freeze the bowl separately? If so, make sure you freeze the bowl for 24 to 48 hours in a freezer that is at least 0°F or less. (The colder the better). Also, make sure your ice cream or sorbet base/mixture is very well chilled/cold before processing it in the machine.
    Most ice creams will come out a "soft serve" consistency, and will have to "ripen" (put into a container, place in freezer, and let it harden for a few hours).
    katie in the UP
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:16 am Groupie
    Yes, I think the bowl is separate for freezing.
    The KA also had to be frozen...that's not a problem the chest freezer worked well for that part.
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:35 pm
    Forum Host
    I have the Cuisinart, it works well, but I've not tried sorbets.
    Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:49 am Groupie
    It's not easy telling them that we hate a new gadget. icon_sad.gif
    But now, you've helped two of us! I thought I'd someday try the KA attachment, instead of replacing the big, old fashioned maker I gave away years ago.
    I don't have any feedback for you on a new machine, but the reviews would make me try it. Sounds like making sure the bowl is frozen before use is the trick.
    What didn't you like about the KA?
    katie in the UP
    Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:23 am Groupie
    KA~~ When placing the ingredients into the frozen bowl....naturally it freezes on the bottom immediately....(I make a lot of sorbets) The paddle doesn't go to the bottom of the bowl....that leaves a layer of icey goodness....most all the recipes filled the bowl so made a mess...ended up having to take part of the ingredients out of the bowl.
    When putting the paddle's not just sits it's difficult to get's hard to explain (and start).
    the bowl rocks when turned on...spilling...they say it skips when the ice cream is done...but it starts skipping much sooner. In the videos it shows ice cream being made in smaller KA models...
    I'm just really disappointed.
    It might make a tiny bit of difference if you have a KA that lifts...mine is levered up and down...I honestly don't see where it would make a huge difference...I have the 6qt one...maybe it would work better with the smaller models...I don't know

    Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:30 am Groupie
    Wow. Okay. Well, that was totally enough for me to know that I don't want it. I don't think my Artisan would stand up to it. When I make dinner rolls I have to stop half-way through kneading the dough to hammer the pin back in on the tilting head. When I retire this (I think my 4th) Artisan, I'll be buying the Pro instead.

    So anyway, you got me curious about how it works. I started watching videos. Most of them are two seconds long and no one is actually demo-ing anything, but one thing I did notice in the sorbet ones, and then particularly in the link below, was that all the ingredients are poured into the frozen bowl, while it's running empty. Then this chef comments (in response to a question below the video) that sorbet is a two day process because of having to chill everything before making it. First she tells us to reduce the fruit to its sugar state, add the sugar, and then refrigerate that mixture overnight before pouring into the frozen bowl with the paddles turning.

    Is this something you've tried yet?
    KA making sorbet
    katie in the UP
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:43 am Groupie
    Yes, It is a 2 day process icon_sad.gif

    I do start it before adding the chilled liquid...the bottom still hardens very quickly. There are a couple of videos on You Tube...I watched wondering if I was doing something wrong....I still think it's the design icon_rolleyes.gif
    OK They sell sooo many of makes me is me rotfl.gif
    It's just not for me.

    But ... they are using the KA's where they can screw on the bowl...mine has to be hooked on each side...I wonder if that has something to do with the stability of the bowl...and the paddle (dasher) keeps coming un-done??
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:28 am Groupie
    Okay, the paddle coming undone does concern me.
    Which model number do you have? There are two ice cream makers. The first one fits all but two models. The second attachment only fits those two models. The KSM6573C and most of the KSM7 models are the pro models, as opposed to the Artisan tilt-head models. I'm guessing you just have the wrong ice cream attachment.
    Of course, there is the problem with the mixture freezing when it hits the bottom of the bowl. That's annoying.

    This link has the model numbers for each attachment:
    KA Ice Cream Attachments
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