Bought this during last sale. Fun machine but not using it nearly enough at the moment (too busy, not a fault of the machine).
Note that when I bought my machine the “In the box” listing said it came with two pints, but mine arrived with three. There was one pre-installed in the machine and two in a separate holder. I’m not sure if this would be the case for all of them. Otherwise Ninja sells additional pints.
First thing I made was pineapple sorbet, aka Dole Whip. Took a can of pineapple chunks, poured straight into pint container, and froze overnight. Ran it through the Sorbet cycle and ended up with a sweet and smooth pineapple dessert. At the moment I’m experimenting with a pina colada mixture. Haven’t got it quite right yet.
This is basically the scaled down home version of a Pacojet. It takes a pre-frozen mixture and grinds it into the desired consistency. I like that there is alot less mess and setup than a traditional ice cream freezer and it has more abilities than a freezer. On the other hand it takes a bit of planning. You cannot buy ingredients in the morning and have ice cream that evening. Everything has to be pre-frozen a full 24 hours minimum in advance.
That said, with multiple pint containers it doesn’t take much to have a few “base” flavors made ahead of time. Vanilla can be turned into other flavors by adding ingredients during a mix-in cycle.
Excuse me while I go to the grocery store - pineapple sorbet sounds amazing
I bought one of these for a friend when they were on Woot last time - she and her kids love it.
I bought one from Costco and one from Amazon and have not had a chance to use them.
There are tons if recipes and videos online for them
Mine came with three pints too. I like using Arnold Palmer or trader Joe’s half lemonade half iced tea and the sorbet setting in it.
Did you get the 7-function model or the 5? Is it worth it to get the more ‘functional’ one for gelato and whatever “smoothie bowls” are?
If I could give you a helpful badge, I would. But I’m not even a volunteer moderator…
Anyway, thanks for that brilliant breakdown!
The 7 program model. Have not tried all the buttons yet so can’t really say whether or not it’s worth it. I figured for just $10 more I would rather have too many buttons than not enough.
Dole whip sounds soo good. Too late for the store now, but ill be up bright and early for some! And Thanks for the tips!
Works with “chunks” or “tidbits”.