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5.0 out of 5 stars Works GREAT!!!, December 19, 2010
This review is from: Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker (Kitchen)
I picked this unit up for under $30.00 at Penney's last year, after our old wooden bucket unit gave up the ghost. We'd had that one for about 15 yrs. The problem with the wooden buckets, was that the brass bands holding it together, always rusted from the corrosion of salt water that came into contact with it. The plastic bucket on this unit eliminates the rust issue. It has a large capacity; about 5 or 6 qts, which is good for large families or a crowd. The problem with the new units like cuisinart, is that they only hold 1 or 2 pints! Why go through that much work, for such a small amount? Plus, those only work if you think ahead to pre-freeze the interior canister for overnight. That eliminates the possibility of deciding on spur of the moment some summer day, to say "hey, let's make some ice cream! NOW!"
Yeah, yeah, you have to use a cheap box of rock salt and pick up a bag of ice. Using ice and salt, really aren't a big deal though. After making your custard or ice cream base, and place into the canister and putting the whole thing into the plastic bucket, you just add lots of shallow layers of ice and rock salt, till you get to the top. Then turn the thing on, and it's done in about 25 minutes. Perfect! We've used ours for 2 yrs, with absolutely no problems. Ok, well maybe the box it was packaged in, looked tacky, and like it would be kind of cheap. But so what! I don't care about the packaging, we just wanted a great, dependable ice cream maker that didn't cost $100 or $200! This unit works flawlessly, and turns out amazing ice cream! Our family of 8 loves it!
*** Just a side note, to recommend that you purchase some Mexican vanilla online, or find someone going to Mexico, and have them pick some up for you. It makes an enormous difference to vanilla ice cream! You won't believe how incredible it'll make it taste!
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2011 9:28:18 AM PDT
Could you please update your review. How many times have you run freezer and is it still working. My last one did about 6 batches over 3 summers. Thanks

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 8:54:06 AM PDT
Where do you get your Mexican vanilla? No one has been able to get me the right kind and online it's too expensive for so little.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 4:23:06 PM PDT
I actually buy Mexican vanilla in my grocery store, I purchase it in the isle that sells Mexican items. It is super cheap. It is almost as good as the vanilla I purchased while in Mexico

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 11:32:36 AM PDT
Lisa H says:
I bought some mexican vanilla and got was water... : ( recession?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 12:52:16 PM PDT
L. Welch says:
I buy the red rooster vanilla from cental market - it's the EXACT same as what my family previously was able to buy in Mexico.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 2:39:13 PM PDT
pc says:
If you google "Blue Cattle Truck" Mexican vanilla, and order it directly from the company, you'll get a delicious bottle of vanilla. It's the only one that's FDA approved and bottled in the United States, and it's verified as being coumarin free. That's been the one danger in getting Mexican Vanilla, and why it's not been sold in the states. Not all Mexican vanilla contains it, but some do. Even if it says it doesn't. Coumarin is the component used in Coumadin, which is a blood thinner. Using a small amount in a recipe isn't going to be a problem, but if someone was already taking blood thinners and ingested some of this, it might thin their blood too much. So that was the whole hoopla about why it isn't sold here. But there are good brands sold in Mexico without it. I live in East San Jose, Ca. where there are a lot of Mexican Markets, and have not found it sold in any of them! They carry vanillain, which is an artificial vanilla. Not the same. Not what you want.. But you can definitely get the Blue Cattle Truck Mexican vanilla and although a little pricey, it's very good, and you won't have to worry about coumarin, or getting water instead of vanilla in a bottle, like you did before! It really is worth it for whipped cream and ice cream. Not sure it's as noticeable in a baked good. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 3:47:48 PM PDT
Karlene says:
I have made ice cream for years, and if you are like me and don't like the thought of "raw" eggs....I beat the eggs with all ingredients except only about 1/2 the cream and milk. I then cook the mixture just until hot enough to cook the eggs a little bit. I then had the rest of the cream/milk. I see no difference in the taste but I feel much better about "no raw eggs."

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2013 3:49:35 PM PDT
Karlene says:
I buy vanilla in Mexico both on the border and inland and have never had a problem with it not being good. I Normally pay about $15 for a very large bottle.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 8:31:37 AM PDT
Brack says:
You can also make your own vanilla with good vanilla beans and vodka and patience (as it takes a few months, but then lasts for ages and you can start off more in the process while you use up the first batch).

Posted on May 16, 2014 1:41:43 PM PDT
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