Tuesday, October 18, 2011

And So Ends Project Ass-pansion 2011

Ice cream season is officially over for me. I attempted one last flavor, Apple Pie Ice Cream, which came out so mediocre I forgot to even photograph it. But it wasn't that mini-failure that ended it for me; it was the death of another ice cream maker.

After its final use I washed and rinsed the ice cream maker, then inverted it on a dish towel on the counter to dry - something I've done plenty of times before. I came back a few hours later to put it away, and the coolant was leaking out all over the place. This is my second KitchenAid ice cream maker to suffer death by leakage, and the third one that's passed through my hands in four months (the second one arrived damaged and unusable thanks to shoddy packaging and shipping by the manufacturer). Based on what I've read on the web, these coolant leaks aren't exactly uncommon, and it seems fairly ridiculous to me for it to happen repeatedly after only half a dozen uses each time. So I'm throwing in the towel on ice cream making. For now, anyway (if anyone wants to gift me a stand-alone Cuisanart ice cream maker, on the other hand... well, I wouldn't turn it down).

This is especially sad for me because I was really excited for my next flavor: Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream. A friend had been nagging me to come up with "a really good fall flavor" (Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ice Cream wasn't good enough for you?), and I thought that might be it. Alas, the world will never know.


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