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Not the Cream of the Crop
Like many others during lockdown, I turned to the kitchen and cooking to keep myself busy. This took on a whole new perspective when I began cooking dinner for friends who lived locally and had lost their jobs because of the restrictions. It involved preparing a main course and either an entrée or dessert every day of the week.
Although I had a wide range of cooking appliances, the one thing I did not have was an ice cream maker. So, when the Kogan ice cream maker was reduced from $179 to $72.99, I purchased one immediately.
When it comes to...ice cream makers there are basically 2 types. Available from about $350+ are the all-in-one machines with a built-in compressor to freeze/refrigerate the mixture as it turns. The cheaper alternative like Kogan rely on a mixing bowl you must pre-freeze before use. To make ice cream or sorbet requires the mixture, freezing temperature and a paddle. With the less expensive machines (those without a compressor) like the one I purchased from Kogan - it is the bowl that turns, while the paddle remains fixed; forcing the mixture to blend as it freezes. However, with the Kogan machine - as the mixture began to freeze and thicken, the paddle would dislodge and turn with the bowl. Closer inspection revealed what I believe to be a design fault. With no way to lock the paddle in place, there was nothing to prevent this problem form reoccurring every time the machine was used. The only solution was to stand there and use your fingers to hold the paddle in place while the bowl turned.
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