Admittedly, an ice cream maker is another kitchen appliance that will crowd limited cabinet space, but in our opinion, it’s worth it. When it’s time for a special treat, it’s hard to beat homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet. With automatic ice cream makers like the one pictured here, from Cuisinart ($49.95), there is no need to add salt and ice—just fill the frozen bowl with your favorite creamy mixture, turn on the motor and in about 30 minutes, you’ll have a custom-made frozen treat ready to enjoy. It’s worth noting that models like these tend to be a little noisy when in use and only make about 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream at a time—perfect for exercising portion control. Plus, the freezing bowl needs to be completely frozen before preparing a recipe. It’s a good idea to make room in the freezer for storing the bowl so it’s always ready to use. Find this model and others at amazon.com.