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Old 21-05-2009, 12:33 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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Default Total Chef FT02-G-2X Double Treat Ice cream Maker

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I've used this unit 3 times now with unsatisfactory results each time. Long before the 4-5 hours specified in the manual were up, the motor -- which is only driven by 4 AA batteriess after all -- stopped having enough oomph to stir the thickening liquid. And if you patiently wait for the alotted time to expire like I did at first, trusting that it was sitting in your freezer working as it should, you end up with a very solid, very un-ice-cream-like lump of frozen crystalized cream. I had slightly better results by checking on it after a few hours and manually stirring a bit to break up the biggest clumps and get the blades going again, but it still wasn't what I would call a good experience. I regret purchasing this thing, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
It's inexpensive, doesn't have to be plugged in and doesn't need ice or salt--three things plenty of folks are looking for in an ice-cream maker!The ice cream turns out pretty good (if you use a good recipe!), and it is just the right amount of ice cream for 2-4 people after dinner--just start it about 4 hours before! Also, since it's such a small amount of ice cream, you don't have to worry about hard-to-find additives that will make it still "scoopable" the next day--it will be eaten by then!It cleans up easily, as long as you don't overfill the cups and rubberband the top on so it doesn't slip.IT'S STILL CHEAP, THOUGH. I use mine a couple of times a week, and it definitely shows some wear (gears slip occaisionally). In my case, having this machine for a few months has convinced me that I WILL make ice cream often, and therefore a heavy-duty machine will be cost-effective for me. But for people who will only use the machine a few times a month and are on a budget, this ice-cream maker is ideal!
This ice cream maker takes AA batteries and your refrigerator's freezer to work. It takes 4-5 hours for it to complete the ice cream. The results? Two scoops of creamy tasty ice cream. If you are willing to wait so long for so little reward, this ice cream maker is well worth it.
Finally! A convenient way to make delicious Homemade Ice Cream. With the Double Treat Ice Creame Maker you can make two different recipes at the same time. Just add your favorite ingredients and place into your freezer, then a thermal sensor will activate the unit to mix the ingredients for you automatically.


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