Sweet Treats, September 28, 2000
After several failed attempts, I began to wonder if I would ever
be able to make creamy dreamy ice cream at home. Finally, I
ordered the right one! This ice cream maker really does work.
The only time it will not work is if your freezer is not set to
the coldest setting. I keep the freezer bowls in the freezer at
all times, that way they are ready to go.
So, set your freezer to the coldest setting two days before
you intend to make the ice cream. I also found the extra freezer
bowl to be indispensable. Instead of waiting for the ice cream
mixture to cool, simply use one of the freezer bowls to cool it
down and then pour it into the second freezer bowl. This
drastically speeds up the process.
I also use the freezer bowl for other items I want to cool
down quickly. I use it to cool down Jello when making a
Raspberry Mousse. I have been known to place the whole
contraption right into the freezer. I guess you are not supposed
to, but I am still alive.
So, once you have everything all frozen, set the machine up
and make sure it is on a nice level surface (in or out of the
freezer). Then, mix up your ice cream recipe. All you do is pour
the liquid into the ice cream maker and with a flick of the
switch the paddle starts to turn and in about 20 to 30 minutes
you will have the ice cream of your dreams.
When washing out the bowl, you will notice that you have to
use hot water or you may find the cold water starts to freeze on
the inside. I recommend placing a piece of plastic wrap over the
top of the bowl when storing it in the freezer so there is no
need to rince the bowl. I also disobey the instructions and let
the ice cream freeze until solid in the ice cream freezer bowl.
I found it just works faster that way. That way your ice cream
is ready in 40 minutes! Yes, it takes 20-30 minutes and then 10
more minutes in the freezer. At least that is how it goes in my
kitchen. It is still well worth the wait. If you start the ice
cream before dinner, you won't even notice the time.
Here is a favorite recipe for a slushy. Yes, you can make
those too and it works quite well.
PINK GRAPEFRUIT SLUSH
Use grapefruit juice found in the cooler section of your
grocery store or use fresh squeezed and strained juice. If you
enjoy sitting outside and want to keep your drinks ice cold,
purchase a few "gel mugs" which you can keep in the
4 cups pink grapefruit juice
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Pour grapefruit juice into a tall jug. Heat honey in the
microwave and stir into juice.
2. Set up ice cream maker. Pour in juice, freeze 10 minutes
or until slushy. Serve in tall glasses with straws.
Makes 4 glasses.
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Kamenstein Natural Hardwood Revolving Spice Rack, with 40 Filled Spice Jars
Spin those spices baby! October 6, 2000
How much do I love this revolving spice rack? Well, I will tell
you! When I am in the middle of making a meal, I am always
looking for a spice or herb. With this wonderful spice rack, I
just spin and choose. This rack sits in the corner next to the
stove and baking center. Now, for the new cook, you will really
save money by buying this specific rack as the jars are all
filled with spices and herbs. How convenient. When I purchased
mine, the bottles were empty and the cost was around $99. So, I
think you are getting a real deal. In the future if you want to
replace some of the spices with some of your favorites, you can
find spice bottles and lid labels very easily in any kitchen
store. I keep mine in alphabetical order so it is easy to find
"Basil" under "B" and then spin to find
Italian seasoning under I, etc. Once you start cooking 40
spice/herb bottles will not seem like a lot. I also have a flat
basket of less used spices sitting on a shelf. The ones I use
the most are right on the counter. You will love it...such
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
73 of 76 people found the following review helpful:
Salad spinners unite :) October 7, 2000
If you want to get a bit fancy with your salad spinning, this is the
one to buy. Not only can you spin the lettuce and remove all the
water, you can use the bowl to serve a salad or store lettuce in the
It is so easy to use. You release the lock mechanism at the top
and press down. The inner basket starts to spin, removing most of
the water from the lettuce. I love the fact that you can rinse the
lettuce in the removable inner basket.
You really win with this one. Wash, spin, store...so much less to
wash and it is never boring. It is quite large so you do need a big
space to store it in the refrigerator, unless you have a big
refrigerator, then it is no problem.
If you have memories of trying to swing lettuce around in a
kitchen towel, or have tried to use paper towels while they are
falling apart all over the lettuce, you must try spinning in this
great salad spinner. Once you have spun the lettuce you can remove
the inner bowl and dump out the water.
Mesh Sink Basket