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Panasonic BH-941P Ice Cream Maker
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- Battery-operated ice cream maker for use in the freezer
- Cordless for easy use; includes step-by-step instructions and recipes
- Dual-fin paddle for thorough and continuous mixing
- Makes 1.5 pints (about 3 cups) of ice cream or sorbet
- Measures 5-1/4 inches high and 6-1/2 inches in diameter
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|Color||White||White||Cream||Red||Ice Cream Maker without Countdown Timer||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||7.6 x 7.8 x 6 in||10.8 x 10.8 x 15.8 in||12.5 x 15.3 x 11.1 in||10 x 10 x 14.13 in||12.12 x 10.38 x 17 in||7.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 in|
|Item Weight||—||10 lbs||7.45 lbs||7.5 lbs||—||5.2 lbs|
|Material Type||—||man-made-material||Metal||Nonstick||Plastic||Stainless Steel|
Panasonic BH-941P, battery operated, 1.5 pint capacity. Makes delicious ice cream in 3 easy steps. Works automatically in the freezer.
Tidy, cordless, and easy to put into action, this Panasonic ice cream maker is a refreshing alternative to its hulking all-in-one countertop cousins. Though it requires more steps than the models where you throw in ingredients and go, this little maker is both smart and efficient, making up to 3 cups of ice cream or sorbet in a few hours. Combining a stainless steel bowl and a battery-powered mixing unit, the appliance features a dual-fin stirring spatula to thoroughly mix ingredients during freezing. A microprocessor gauges the consistency of the dessert as it hardens, so no monitoring is necessary. The battery pack is compact and removable, and the other components feel sturdy and well designed.
Included with the ice cream maker is a clear step-by-step instruction guide and a colorful booklet of recipes to get you started. Most of these require mixing or beating of ingredients before placement in the freezer bowl, but the labor is far from intensive. Once ingredients are ready, simply turn on the power, put the bowl in the freezer, and come back in 3 to 5 hours. Impressively compact for easy storage, the ice cream maker measures just 5-1/4 inches high and 6-1/2 inches in diameter. Panasonic includes a one-year warranty. --Emily BedardSee all Product description
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OK, so the question is: Is this one any better?
And the answer is: Resoundingly YES! This ice cream maker does not require any advanced planning. All you do is drop the ingredients in the (room temperature is fine) bowl, snap it together, and put it in your freezer. That's it. A few hours later: Ice cream. And it's GOOD ice cream that's ready to eat! One of the problems with the Donvier-type makers (pre-freeze the bowl type) is that they aren't cold enough to make real ice cream. They make ice pudding. To get that pudding to freeze to the right consistency, you have to put the pudding back in the freezer after you've made it and let it harden for a few hours. With this Panasonic ice cream maker, when the job is done, it's DONE. The ice cream is ready to eat.
OK, as for the brass tacks:
Pros: Easy to use; don't have to plan ahead; requires no user intervention--just set and forget and come back to ready-to-eat ice cream; The physical dimensions of the ice cream maker are small, so you should be able to find room in your freezer for it (a major consideration!); The ice cream it makes is really good (well, depending on what you put into it, of course!)
Cons: Uses two lithium CR123A batteries to power ice cream maker. You should get 20 or more cycles out of a fresh set of batteries, but you will need to eventually buy more batteries (a set is included with the ice cream maker). Expect to pay between $1.50 and $5.00 each ($3 - $10 a set) for the replacement batteries (shop around on the net and eBay and you should be able to find batteries at the lower end of this price range). Assuming you get the batteries at a good price, that works out to about $3 per 20 uses or $0.15 per use; The small size, although a plus because it makes it easier to find space in your freezer, also means you won't be making huge amounts of ice cream. It will make about 1.5 pints, which is enough to dainty desert portions for a family or small dinner party, not enough for a big party of any type, but surely enough to push Dr. Atkins to roll over in his grave if you eat it all yourself :-)
At the current blow out price, I'd say this is a no brainer.
When I first got this ice cream machine I thought to myself, "Wow, this thing is tiny, it isn't gonna make anything." However, the single batch (you can double or triple the batches) is more than enough for 2-3 servings, provided that you believe that 2 scoops is one serving. If you are going by a normal ice cream scoop each batch will make 4-5 scoops. Not humungo scoops, but nice sized ones. Multiply the batches and multiply the scoops. A triple batch will amount to a bit over the size of a pint of ice cream (think a Ben and Jerry's pint.)
Next thing that appears to bother people is the batteries. I think that overall they work pretty well at 0 degrees with a lot of pull on them. No, they don't last forever, but it'll make you quite a few batches of ice cream! The instructions are correct in the amount of batches you will get from each set of batteries. Don't go to the supermarket or specialty store for batteries, go to the Batteries Plus or an Interstate Batteries and you'll get much cheaper ones, about 10 bucks for a pair. Or go online and you can get 'em a LOT cheaper.
Next, the recipes. Again, follow the instructions. Make a few batches (single batches) of vanilla and get the process down RIGHT before you move onto other things or you'll get frustrated and upset that it isn't turning out the way you want it. It took me 2 batches before I got the consistancy of ice cream I wanted and when I whipped the cream I made it so it had STIFF peaks. Also, make sure you cool down your liquids before you add in the whipped cream. Don't add too much flavoring or it will end up tasting odd (I'm one of those that LOVE vanilla, but I should have kept to the recipe.)
It's not the fastest machine, but it makes "real" ice cream. Same consistancy, same melty on tongue, same feel. Easy to clean up and easy to make... kids could do this with no problem. However, if you are looking for tubs of ice cream or something that will give you a product in an hour, then look elsewhere. Total cost of products (not including vanilla) that will produce about 9 batches of ice cream = 7 bucks. Cost of batteries that will be dead after those 9 batches = 10-12 bucks. So, you're paying around 15-20 bucks per 9 batches of ice cream which is about 3-4 pints. Up to you if you like it homemade or whatnot.
It's a cheap and easy device that I have had fun with for a few weeks and will shortly be regulated in the back of a cupboard next to my bread machine.
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