The KitchenAid 5KSMICM Ice Cream Maker Attachment is a useful addition for anyone looking to make ice cream and get the most out of their existing KitchenAid Stand Mixer without having to clutter their kitchen with additional appliances. Although you may need to plan ahead to freeze the bowl, and it may temporarily dominate your freezer space, it also has a fairly generous capacity and will freeze frozen dessert batters efficiently and evenly thanks to the capabilities of blender churning. You also have to consider the defrosting time of the bowl for cleaning, but the dasher and training set are easily dishwasher safe.
- Fits most KitchenAid stand mixers
- Good capacity
- Quick and easy churning
- 16 hours of freezing
- Requires a KitchenAid mixer
bowl sizeThe large 1.9 L bowl makes plenty of ice cream.
CompatibilityFits most KitchenAid mixers.
KitchenAid 5KMICM Ice Cream Maker Accessory is an update to the previous KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment (5KICA0WH), with a bowl that “stays colder, longer”, according to the brand. It is compatible with most of the brand’s tilt-head and bowl-lift stand mixers, in addition to KitchenAid Mini 3.3L and Heavy Duty 5K models, such as 5KPM5, 5KPM50 and 5K5.
This attachment is more expensive than KitchenAid’s previous iteration and some of the budget stand-alone ice cream makers, while also requiring you to already own a KitchenAid stand mixer. However, it’s easy to use and delivers quick, delicious results with great texture – once you’ve passed the 16 hour bowl freezing time.
Design and features
- Although the bowl takes up space in the freezer, it is also roomy
- Dasher and drive assembly accessories are dishwasher safe
- The bowl can only be cleaned by hand and once thawed
The 5KSMICM ice cream maker accessory consists of a double-walled ridged white bowl containing a freezable liquid; a dasher – a plastic churning paddle; and a drive assembly, which attaches the dasher to the stand mixer.
To start using the ice cream maker, the bowl should be placed in the freezer for at least 16 hours (the optimal time will depend on your freezer settings). As the bowl has roughly similar dimensions to a KitchenAid 4.8L (190 x 260 x 220mm) stand mixer bowl, this means you will need a fairly large/empty freezer drawer .
Yet the freezable bowl also has a good capacity – holding up to 1.4L of ice cream batter, which can then rise up to 1.9L of ice cream during the churning process.
The bowl attaches to the bowl clamp plate of a tilt-head mixer. The drive assembly is easy enough to attach here, although its connection to the device never seems completely attached. But it will be held firmly in place when lowered onto the dasher, which simply needs to be placed in the empty bowl.
For bowl lift mixers, the bowl lift handle must be in the down position and the bowl with the dasher in place before attaching the drive assembly to the dasher.
While the dasher and drive assembly can be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher, the bowl can only be hand washed. The bowl isn’t difficult to clean, but washing it is only recommended after it’s completely thawed, which adds a little waiting time to cleaning.
- Ice cream reaches soft quality in 15 minutes of churning or less
- Pouring batter into a moving mixer can be messy
- Sorbet comes out ready to eat after 15 minutes
Unfortunately, there is only one ice cream recipe included in the thick manual in 19 languages. My first test was making this one, which – although a fairly neutral option – involved heating a mixture of milk and eggs and then letting it cool for several hours. Still, this delicious vanilla ice cream was definitely worth it.
After 14 minutes, the mixture began to form a mass in the middle, achieving a smooth serving quality in the center of the bowl, with the edges that were in contact with the mixer being naturally harder. After two hours in my -18C freezer, it had a texture somewhere between soft serve ice cream and regular ice cream, then hardened while retaining some delicacy overnight.
I had similar results with a strawberry ice cream, although after a few hours in the freezer the texture got a bit more brittle here due to the amount of water in the berries. Since I had made too much ice cream batter, I also used the bowl for two consecutive batches, so the last batch took about 20 minutes instead of the usual 15 minutes as the bowl gradually defrosted. The batter remained a bit runnier, but was still visibly thickened.
Then I turned my attention to a sorbet recipe made with mango puree and sugar water. The mixture began to thicken visibly 5 minutes after churning and achieved a slightly melted sorbet texture after another 5 minutes. In 15 minutes in total, the sorbet had a texture suitable for immediate service.
As the bowl is extremely cold, the manual advises to pour the batter into it only after the mixer is running to prevent it from freezing prematurely. Although speed is kept to a minimum here anyway, avoiding any splashes will take some practice to avoid doing damage.
Should I buy it?
You have/want a KitchenAid stand mixer that can also make ice cream. This attachment is a great accessory for someone who already owns a KitchenAid stand mixer or is looking to invest in a versatile high-end stand mixer.
You don’t have a KitchenAid mixer and all you need is an ice cream maker. There are specialty ice cream parlors for every budget.
While there are different ice cream makers available to suit all budgets, the KitchenAid 5KMICM Ice Cream Maker Attachment is a convenient solution for those who already own one of the brand’s compatible stand mixers, or for those who offer both a premium stand mixer and an ice cream maker in one device.
While the large but roomy bowl takes up some space and time in the freezer, it also allows the stand mixer to whip up beautifully textured frozen desserts quickly and easily.
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No, it requires a KitchenAid mixer – most models are compatible.
It must be in place for 16 hours before making ice cream.
KitchenAid 5KMICM Ice Cream Maker Accessory
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