This ice cream maker is very easy to use. All you need to do is freeze the chilling bowl overnight in the freezer. In my case it did not freeze overnight. I had to wait two days before it froze. I purchased another bowl to have available to make a large volume of ice cream at once. You can only make one batch of ice cream at a time in the same bowl. The solution in the bowl will defrost and not freeze another batch of ice cream. You must place the bowl into freezer again over night. Do not under any circumstance stop turning the hand crank until the product is ready. For some reason the paddle will become stuck inside the mixture and it could snap. It does take a while to become ice cream. But it is well worth the wait. The ice cream in silky smooth. Just make sure to not over fill the bowl. The mixture will expand and then it's a mess. I enjoyed using this product. The bowl will take up a lot of space in the freezer.