In this ice cream maker, Nostalgia has combine old fashioned ingenuity and good looks with the benefits of the modern manufacturing process. The vintage charm of this ice cream maker is highly appealing at under $80. Many ice cream makers that look similar cost at least twice as much.
6-Quart Ice Cream Maker
This model of Nostalgia ice cream maker makes up to 6 quarts of your favorite frozen dessert. The high grade aluminum canister is lightweight and will not rust. Many people store leftover ice cream in the container but for long term storage it is best to transfer ice cream to another food grade container with a tight fitting lid.
While the Nostalgia ICMP600WD does have a real wooden slat bucket, it is lined with high quality plastic to prevent spills, drips, and eliminate any rust issues that have been known to be a problem in wooden bucket ice cream makers. If you want a machine that looks old fashioned this is a good machine to consider.
Kids will love that this maker has a clear lid so they can see the ice cream being made. Plus, you can check on how thick the ice cream is getting by just looking so you don’t have to mess with the machine until the ice cream is actually ready.
If you want to make a large batch and create different flavors you can just make a base flavor and add topping and flavors in different containers. Many people just keep a lot of toppings on hand so that people can customize their ice cream experience each and every time.
The motor is definitely plastic rather than metal but it is very quiet when running according to many customers. Ice cream making times of 30-35 minutes for fully firm ice cream are quite common. Times can vary a bit though depending on the recipe you are using. Thicker creams will become firm quicker than thinner recipes.
One of the biggest disadvantages is that plastic motors simply don’t last as long as those made with metal. At the same time those machines usually cost double what the Nostalgia costs. If you just want to make ice cream once in a while, then the Nostalgia will perform well for quite a few years.
Some users have reported that the paddle doesn’t reach out far enough to mix the ice cream well while others have said the machine is wonderful and they have experience no problems at all with years of use.
Who Is It For?
Experimenting with different recipes and ratio of ingredients may be a good option for those that are having trouble getting ice cream to be firm. Patience is another key part to making ice cream. The machine will need a proper amount of time to freeze the ice cream regardless of what type of machine you have.
At this price point there are not a lot of replacement parts available however if you have a problem, Nostalgia does have good customer service that will work with you to make sure you can get back to making ice cream with no fuss.