Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NewAir AIC-210 Ice Cream Maker Review

I love sweets. I could live off of chocolate alone. A sweet treat that my entire family enjoys is ice cream. We don't indulge too often, but usually the kids will have a few scoops of ice cream after dinner on Saturday's when Grammy is here. Watching the brain freeze faces my two year old makes is quite comical. When shopping for ice cream, I have found that finding one that is not loaded with artificial flavors and ingredients or high fructose corn syrup is quite the challenge. Like anything else, the best way to make sure that the ingredients are all natural is to make it yourself.

Air & Water offers a variety of ice cream makers ranging from small, personal sized to large commercial size. There is even one that makes soft-serve ice cream and has a cone holder under it so you can make the perfect ice cream cone. I jumped at the chance to review the NewAir AIC-210 Ice Cream Maker, literally. The idea of being able to make my  own ice cream using organic ingredients thrilled me! I could not wait for it to arrive and try it out.

This ice cream maker is fully automatic with a built-in freezer and compressor that mixes and freezes ice cream for you with no pre-chilling required. That means all you have to do is turn it on, add your ingredients, set the timer and voila - you are on your way to homemade ice cream! And it only takes 60 minutes for it to be finished. You are not limited to ice cream either. You can also make sorbet, frozen yogurt and gelato.

I will say that this ice cream maker is rather large, so you will need to have either a good amount of counter space or a lot of cabinet storage. I have neither, which means my ice cream maker is residing in the office in between uses. Just to give you a size comparison, I placed it next to our Keurig Mini Brewer.

Inside you will find a metal bowl, with handle for easy removal, as well as the plastic mixer. Both are easy to take out and clean.

The instruction manual for the NewAir AIC-210 Ice Cream Maker includes several recipes for you to get started making your frozen treats. I decided to start with their basic vanilla ice cream recipe and add some crushed cookies to make it Cookies n Cream. I started with organic whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, Fair Trade vanilla extract, and organic Newman-o cookies. I discovered on my shopping trip that no grocery store carry organic heavy cream. I wonder if it is even made at all?

I mixed together the ice cream ingredients, minus the cookies and then poured them into the ice cream maker.

Next you place the lid and then the black motor back on top. You will see there is a little door on the clear lid, this is for adding ingredients like cookies, candy, etc. These typically are added near the end.

Once you start the machine the display will show you the time remaining as well as the current temperature inside where it is making the ice cream.

Now comes the only hard part - waiting. It will take 60 minutes for your ice cream to be ready, which really isn't all that bad. While I waited, I pounded the cookies into crumbles and kept watching the ice cream maker do its work. As the the ice cream starts to form and gets thicker, you will notice the churner moves more and more slowly. With ten minutes left to go, I noticed it stopped churning but the compressor was still going. This is the NewAir AIC-210's automatic shut-off feature that protects the motor by stopping the unit if the mixture becomes too thick. But the cooling was still going until the time was finished. Since the cookies needed to be added to the last 5 minutes of the process, I ended up having to mix those in by hand. I suggest wearing oven mits when you remove the bucket because it is COLD.

I transferred the ice cream to a plastic container to store in my freezer. I let it sit in there for a few minutes while I cleaned up and put my ice cream maker away. Then I scooped some into a bowl to give my first attempt at homemade ice cream a taste.

Best. Ice cream. Ever. Seriously, I am not kidding. This is so delicious and fresh and free from artificial yuckiness to boot. I absolutely love this machine and I can't wait to experiment with other recipes and flavors. I am most excited to try to make some gelato. When I was in Montecatini Alto, Italy some years ago, I had some Tirumisu gelato and it was by far the best frozen treat I had ever eaten. I wonder if I will be able to duplicate it?

Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product and/or company. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. I received free product to review.


  1. I've been searching for a new ice cream maker for the past few months. My current ice cream maker's motor burned out, so I'm thinking that this unit may be a better fit for me since it has a that shut off feature to protect the motor. Better add it to my Christmas list!

    PS. The ice cream you made looks amazing!

  2. Looks yummy, I've been debating about getting an ice cream maker but I've been trying to simplify too and get rid of unnecessary items - don't know if we'd use an ice cream maker enough to justify the space it might take. But I keep a look out at the thrift stores just in case.

  3. We do not own an ice cream maker, bur my mom always has. This one looks large, but compared to the ones I've always saw used, it's actually smaller. The ice cream you made looks delicious and the auto shut off feature is great. Thanks for the review!

  4. Have you used your machine since the review? How is it holding up? Thanks for your review!

  5. Is there a way to change the display on these NewAir models to Fahrenheit? It's not a big thing, but I prefer to see the display in the numbers I'm used to. The manual makes no mention (I do have the newer 1.5 quart stainless steel model, though). I don't know why the little add door is so small, though. You can't stop the cycle and add through the whole lid without stopping the machine and removing the motor, which means a 3-5 minute wait to restart. It'd be nice if it were a little larger. I'm making my first batch of low-carb ice cream right now (coconut milk and heavy cream, eggs, splenda and vanilla). Hopefully, I won't be too disappointed. I read low-carb ice cream freezes HARD as a rock, so I guess I'll have to eat it all in soft-serve as soon as it's done. ;)


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