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This review is from: Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
Pros: I was unable to update my previous post "Great for Price" but did want to make mention of something.
I had said you needed higher fat content milk for better ice cream, but I did not mean to imply that you should only use the highest fat content milk on the market. You definitely need good balance.
I seriously recommend watching Alton Brown's ice cream episode (can find it on youtube). He will tell you everything you need to know about how to make every kind of frozen dessert. He explains how the amount of sugar will effect the "scoopability" of the ice cream, and why adding fruit preserves will prevent you ice cream from melting into a watery mess whilst you eat it, and why using "heavy" whipping cream will create residue on your spoon as you eat.
I generally use Alton Brown's recipe as a base and add ingredients to my liking. Currently, I am making a Chai Ice Cream. With his ratios, my batches come out great every time.
Cons: Nothing new has come up in the year of ownership in terms of cons.
Other Thoughts: Also, an important note, I've had my ice cream maker for two summers and it's still running just as perfect as when I first bought it.
AND, before buying this machine I had read it wasn't as good at recipes involving egg yolks. While I've only made two batches with egg yolk in them, they came out just fine.
This review is from: Cuisinart DBM-8 Stainless Steel Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Pros: I bought mine for about $40, which, compared to other reviews, is apparently a high price for this machine. I was actually rather pleased with this price, and still am.
Please NOTE: I use my machine for auto drip and french press only.
For these two grinds, the machine does a fantastic job. I had a Black & Decker blade grinder previously, and the sludge in the bottom of my cup of french press coffee is drastically reduced with this grinder. As for the auto-drip, I can't say there is any substantial difference between this grinder and the blade grinder I had.
Cons: As mentioned in other reviews, some of the grinds will stick to the top of the plastic catcher. I've noticed that these grinds are always VERY VERY fine...significantly finer than the grind I had chosen. So, I generally have to toss these grinds when using french press. It doesn't make so much of a difference in the auto-drip. Sadly, these toss away grinds really add up as it is about a scoop's worth every other day. And when you're buying pricey coffee, you do not want to be throwing any grinds away.
Yes, it is noisy. No, you will not be able to use it first thing in the morning unless the bedrooms are far away in the house or everyone else is already awake. I grind a few days worth and store the grinds in a baggie...slightly annoying, but so is a loud grinder when you're only half awake. It's kind of a give and take situation.
Other Thoughts: I want to note the large container for un-ground beans on top of the machine. While this would seem convenient to dump half your pound of beans in and grind as needed throughout the week, you do not want to do this. Coffee beans need to stay in an airtight environment, which this is not.
Coffee snobs, get over the fact that you'll have to dish out some extra dough for a better grinder.
General enthusiasts, this is perfect for you! You don't have to feel like you're selling an arm and a leg for decent coffee. And yes, while this machine comes with it's cons, it still does its job. And anyone who has tasted a freshly ground cup will tell you...IT IS SO WORTH IT, even if you only ever bother with an auto-drip.