Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anyone Know How to Break a Curse?

Someone, somewhere hates me so much they put a curse on me. A real, honest-to-goodness curse. It seems they don't want me to have homemade ice cream ever again.

As soon as I started churning my Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream a couple weekends ago, I noticed something odd - blue liquid was leaking from the side of the churn. It had never happened before, and as the churn came closer to room temperature, the leaking increased. I'm pretty sure that leak is the coolant that puts the "ice" in "ice cream." 

This was a week or so after the leaking started, when it had already leaked pretty much all it could.
I called KitchenAid and they went ahead and sent me a new ice cream maker. No need to send the old one back - it would leak in the mail - just dispose of it "properly." Seven to ten days until my new ice cream maker arrived, they said. In the meantime, I collected some new ice cream recipes and plotted my course. Yesterday, my new ice cream maker arrived.

I was a little surprised to see that it shipped in the store packaging. No bigger box around it, not even any tape on the lid to keep someone from opening it. And then I saw this:

This did not bode well.
Then I opened the box, and saw a small dent on the outside. No leaking though - perhaps it wouldn't be a problem. And then I looked inside the churn, and saw this:

The dent pushed through to the inside. It was big enough to keep the dasher from spinning freely, and would probably lead to a leak sooner or later. So I got back on the phone with KitchenAid customer service - which has been wonderful, even though their shipping operations leave a bit to be desired - and now they're sending me another new ice cream maker. No need to send this one back either, just dispose of it properly (again). So now I have two broken ice cream makers sitting on my kitchen counter, and I'm googling "proper ice cream maker disposal." 

I'm a little bummed, since I'd wanted to try making another batch of ice cream this weekend. Now it'll probably be late next week before I get my (new) new ice cream maker. On the bright side, a conversation with a new friend last night inspired me to hunt down a recipe for Maple Walnut Ice Cream, which might just be my next batch...


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