Lello 4070 Gelato Junior
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- Makes frozen treats one quart at a time in about 30 minutes
- Built-in compressor freezer for continuous use; auto safety shut-off
- Electronic timer; removable bowl, transparent lid, slim ingredient window
- Recipe book and ice cream scoop included
- Measures 11 by 14 by 12-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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|Item Dimensions||14 x 11 x 12.25 in||12 x 16.73 x 9.33 in||11 x 15 x 13 in||18 x 12 x 11 in||12.1 x 13.5 x 19.4 in||12.5 x 10.75 x 14.25 in|
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With a minimum freezing temperature of -4 degrees F, the Simac Gelato Junior takes only about 30 minutes to satisfy your craving for a frozen confection. Plus, the built-in compressor freezer operates continuously, so you can turn out multiple flavors of ice cream while your guests finish their dinner. A 60-minute electronic timer frees you up for other activities, and an automatic safety mechanism sounds a warning beep if the integrated spatula blade gets stuck. A removable 1-quart bowl, transparent lid, and slim ingredient window all simplify operation, and the unit is also useful for crafting frozen drinks and chilled soups. Though not lightweight at 31 pounds, the Gelato Junior is fairly sleek for its class, measuring 11 by 14 by 12-1/4 inches. Simac includes a booklet of tasty ice cream, sorbet, and dessert sauce recipes, as well as an ice cream scoop. Comes with Mini Tool Box. Great for storing any miscellaneous items or your spare change. Overall dimensions: 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2 3/4". The Mini Tool Box is shipped from a separate warehouse and will arrive within a few days of your order.
With a minimum freezing temperature of 4 degrees F, the Simac Gelato Junior takes only about 30 minutes to satisfy your craving for a frozen confection. Plus, the built-in compressor freezer operates continuously, so you can turn out multiple flavors of ice cream while your guests finish their dinner. A 60-minute electronic timer frees you up for other activities, and an automatic safety mechanism sounds a warning beep if the integrated spatula blade gets stuck. A removable 1-quart bowl, transparent lid, and slim ingredient window all simplify operation, and the unit is also useful for crafting frozen drinks and chilled soups. Though not lightweight at 31 pounds, the Gelato Junior is fairly sleek for its class, measuring 11 by 14 by 12-1/4 inches. Simac includes a booklet of tasty ice cream, sorbet, and dessert sauce recipes, as well as an ice cream scoop. --Emily Bedard
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- It's preset for 24 minutes, at which time it beeps but keeps running; it's possible to change the time downward, but not upward as far as I can figure out; if I stop it to check the doneness, it restarts at 24 minutes. Best to use an external timer in most cases.
- It maxes out at about 2-1/2 cups of ingredients. I can see why--it's as much as the compressor can deal with, evidently--and it's okay to keep running it for a second batch, just know you can't throw more in as I did the first time.
- It's a counter hog, big time. Be sure you have the room for it and want to use the space that way.
On the plus side:
- I don't have to make freezer space for a 24-hour bucket freeze. (I never had the space so I seldom used my previous ice cream maker.)
- It's easy to improvise--I always have some milk or cream (any kind--I usually use almond or coconut milk), fruit, sweet stuff, spices, etc.--on hand, so the "Wish" scenario above is completely realistic. Right now, I'm making mango/durian sorbet. Good way to use up stuff that's languishing in the fridge!
Finally, just out of curiosity, I have to wonder why it's called "The Gelato," since all of the recipes are for ice cream.
All in all, I recommend the Gelato Junior. I just can't like the current price.
The Lello Gelato Junior makes one quart at a time and comes with an instruction booklet that contains several recipes for ice cream and desserts. The Maple Walnut is excellent, but the others are mostly custard style and several are odd or unusual flavors. There are plenty of other sources for recipes for the one quart capacity machines, so finding new ones to try hasn't been a problem.
A replacement or additional one quart bucket is available, but not additional paddles. This means you could have another batch of ice cream mix ready to go as soon as the first is finished, but you'd need to thoroughly clean the paddle between batches. I hope that Lello will make extra paddles for the machine available at some point as it would make processing a second batch immediately much easier.
One tip on processing times: the ambient temperature of your kitchen can affect how long it takes to get the ice cream to the right consistency. The warmer the kitchen, the more time you'll need, so take the times listed in the recipes as a suggestion rather than hard facts. I've found I need more like 45 minutes processing time per batch in warmer weather instead of the 25-30 stated in the recipe.
Is this machine perfect? Almost, but the one improvement I'd like to make would be to the timer setting method to make it quicker and simpler. The timer can be set from 0 to 60 minutes by pressing a membrane-type button on the top of the machine. To reset the time, you must press the button once for each minute decremented. When first used, the default setting is 60 minutes. To reset it to 30 minutes, you must press the button 30 times. The next time it's turned on, it will default to the last setting, in this case 30 minutes. But what if you'd like to process this batch of ice cream for 45 minutes? You'd then have to press the button 30 times to get it to zero, then press another 15 times to get it to recycle to 60 minutes and back down to 45. 45 button presses! A better solution would be to replace the button with a dial of some sort, such as a circular thumb dial, so the amount of time could be easily and more quickly set without wearing out the button or your finger. I hope Lello designers are reading this and take the suggestion to the drawing board.
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