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Using Your Ice Cream Maker – How Long Does It Take?

I’ve noticed a few people have been coming to the site trying to find out how long their ice cream maker should take to freeze their ice cream. So, since I’ve tested out most the common ice cream makers available on the market, I thought I’d write this quick article to answer that question!

First, though, I just want to point out that there’s no one simple answer to this question. Just how long it takes depends a lot of different factors, such as the temperature of your ingredients, and the temperature of your freezer.

It also depends on the exact recipe you’re following. For example, some chocolate ice cream recipes call for salt, which lowers the freezing temperature of the mixture and means that you’ll need to wait for longer.

However, I’ll list here the how long each ice cream maker took when I tested them, personally. (You should assume that I had chilled my mixture for a few hours before use).

In all of my tests, I found that the Cuisinart Duo ICE40BCU machine was the fastest frozen-bowl type machine, turning out a creamy bowl of ice cream in just 20 minutes. It generally produced the thickest ice cream too.

The fastest machine with a built-in freezer was the excellent Gaggia Gelatiera, which can turn out small amounts in 10 to 15 minutes flat!

Frozen-bowl Type Ice Cream Makers

Kenwood IM200: 20 – 25 minutes

Andrew James 1.45 Litre: 25 – 30 minutes

Cuisinart ICE30: 25 – 30 minutes

Cuisinart ICE40BCU: 20 – 25 minutes

Built-In Freezer Type Ice Cream Makers

Cuisinart ICE50BCU: 30 – 40 minutes

Andrew James Professional Fully Automatic: 50 minutes

Gaggia Gelateria:


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