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Aug 11, 2010 06:36 PM

Rolling plastic ice-cream-making ball -- any tips?

I'm about to make my first ice-cream using the plastic ball-thingy that someone gave me. I have rock salt, and just need to gather the other ingredients. Any tips that I should have before I try this? Any wonderful recipes?

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  1. I've seen that thing in catalogs...Didn't know of anyone who actually bought one. I can't imagine cranking a for real old fashioned machine, let alone that ridiculous ball. Hope you have some kids around to assist. Curious to know if it works.

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    1. re: BiscuitBoy

      The reviews I've read say it makes an okay product provided you keep it in motion for about 30 minutes (easier said than done, it weighs about as much as a bowling ball when you fill it). Because most reviews revolved around making ice cream while camping I don't know if they were positive because it was a very good result or merely a good result under the circumstances. Certainly makes more sense to use an electric model if you're using it at home.

    2. While it may look approximately like a soccer ball, don't kick it. If you do, you'll be sorry.

      1. rig it onto a treadmill!!

        1. "Any tips that I should have before I try this?"

          Yes, Ben & Jerry's is better than Häagen-Dazs.

          1. A quart of ice-cream to be in a two gallon zip lock in an ice/salt bath works better and is much, much less work.