Here we have the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart model, an automatic ice-cream machine that does require you to work a bit on your favorite desert but it is also very practical, as it can turn out numerous batches in succession, unlike the models for which you need to pre-freeze the bowl. However, this machine requires ice and rock salt to chill the container in order to produce ice-cream.
It is a great machine for those who do not make a lot of ice-cream, and do not make it often. Its output is around one gallon, perfectly sufficient to treat yourself and the family to a nice batch of homemade deliciousness. It weights around 7 pounds and is 11 inches high, so it is not difficult to transport or store, it will fit in to any kitchen cabinet.
When buying this machine you will get an aluminum outer casing, the bucket you might call it. Be careful with it, it is rather thin and dents easily. Then you will get an inner bowl made of durable, heavy-duty plastic that can store a gallon of ingredients. The lid, the paddle and the motor are separate.
What you have to do is pack the bowl with ingredients, place it in the bucket, then firmly secure the lid on top. Easy locking function allows you to fasten the lid so there is no slippage of ice-cream once the process of churning starts. Turn the machine on and start packing the outer casing in layer, first ice then rock salt. Two inches of ice and salt, and then repeat. Make sure that the machine is running at this time, so the process of chilling can start without delay.
The Hamilton Beach 68330N is ideal for families that love to enjoy homemade ice cream once in a while, but do not feel comfortable given large amounts of money for more expensive models. This will fit their needs perfectly as it produces nice quality ice-cream at the fraction of the price when you compare it to those expensive models with built-in compressors.