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

somervilleoldtimer Aug 11, 2010 06:36 PM

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?

  1. BiscuitBoy Aug 13, 2010 06:26 AM

    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
      ferret Aug 13, 2010 08:40 AM

      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.

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      ricepad Aug 13, 2010 02:51 PM

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

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        redbeanbun Aug 13, 2010 07:10 PM

        rig it onto a treadmill!!

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          Harry Niletti Aug 27, 2010 09:35 AM

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

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

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            dscheidt Aug 27, 2010 12:20 PM

            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.

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