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|40 min||19 x 14 x 13"||6 qt.||5-year limited|
The White Mountain F64306-X is a mid-range ice cream maker that costs between $200 and $300. Fairly affordable and boasting a vintage-like design, this appliance consists of a wooden bucket with a stainless steel interior. The wooden design will undoubtedly add a shabby chic look to just about any kitchen. Weighing 16.7 pounds and measuring 19.2 x 13.9 x 13.2 inches, it is quite lightweight and can easily fit on your counter. The triple-action dasher is also corrosion resistant.
Although it’s not the most popular model on the market, the F64306-X did receive a plethora of positive reviews. However, some users also pointed out some issues, especially when it comes to the overall design. For example, most customers found that the New England white pine bucket was prone to swelling, especially when exposed to water and humidity for an extended period of time. Another downside associated with this machine is that it requires a treatment of rock salt and ice, something that can be time-consuming if you want to make continuous batches.
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With this appliance, you will be able to make up to 6 quarts of ice cream in a mere matter of minutes. While it is possible to try and cram as much ice cream as you can into the machine, it is advisable to stick to the recommended capacity, hence giving the mixture enough space to properly aerate. This will ensure that your ice cream becomes thick and fluffy. Most people have found that over-filling the canister resulted in a watery and harder consistency reminiscent of sherbets. Sticking to the 6 quarts consistency will also make it far easier to churn the ice cream, especially if you’re using the hand crank.
You will need around 30 to 45 minutes to churn your mixture into soft-serve ice cream. The stainless-steel lined canister is designed to maintain your ice cream to optimal temperature and combined with the traditional mixture of rock salt and ice, your ice cream should come out quite creamy. However, if you prefer a firmer texture, it’s recommended to allow your ice cream to chill for around half an hour in the freezer afterwards. It should be noted that you don’t need to pre-freeze the canister before use, which will help you save up on time.
Extra Features: 4/5
The White Mountain F64306-X is a manual machine, which means it comes with a hand-crank system to help you churn the mixture. It should be noted that the crank provides an easy grip with practically no risk of slippage. Along with regular ice cream, it can also be used to make frozen yogurt. Some people have also managed to make gelato with this model, but you may not always enjoy the creamy texture that is commonly associated with this Italian-type ice cream since the mixture is being churned by hand.
During the churning process, you should also be sure to fill the canister with the classic mixture of rock salt and ice, hence ensuring that the ingredients do not melt while you’re mixing them together. While not compulsory, it is recommended to freeze the canister for a few minutes before use. The three-gear drive hand crank can be adjusted to fit your requirements: if you want softer-serve ice cream for example, it is best to vigorously churn it for a long time. Both the dasher and the freezer can are dishwasher safe, which makes it easier for you to clean up afterwards. As far as the wooden exterior is concerned, it is best to give it a quick wipe-down to stop the wood from swelling. It is also extremely important to properly wipe down and dry the inner bucket, otherwise the salt water may cause the inner lining to rust.
Overall Rating: 4/5
If you want to enjoy the old-fashioned charm of churning your own ice cream by hand, it’s certainly advisable to give the White Mountain F64306-X a try. Still, do bear in mind that there are other less expensive models out there and these might be more suited to busy individuals who want to be able to make continuous batches- something which is not entirely possible with this particular model. Still, at the end of the day, it gets the job done and can easily be operated by kids.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice cream and Frozen Yogurt
- Churning Time: 40 min
- Dimensions: 23 x 13 x 18″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 17 lbs
- Capacity: 6 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Warranty: 5-year Limited