Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Exciting Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker!

Pix and Dan gave us this unique ice cream maker for Christmas. It is a plastic orb with openings (and caps) on both ends. Our good friend, Diana Frank, stayed last evening and we decided to try out this new invention. The ad for this device says - "Have a ball! Shake, roll, and pass it around as you mix and freeze the ingredients. You do not need electricity, just have a ball."

We decided it give ice cream making a try. Diana reads carefully the instructions.

The recipe was easy. For vanilla ice cream, the first ingredient was 1 pint of half and half. Judy had no problem with this.

Adding 1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla,

it was time to pour the mixture into the end of the ball that has the ice cream compartment and seal with the lid.

At the other end, the girls opened the ice compartment and filled the space with frozen aqua. (ICE!)

Time now to complete the process by adding 3/4 of a cup of kosher salt.

The serious and innovative fun process was now to begin. How do we keep this critter in motion for twenty minutes? (Actually after 10 minutes we rest. At that time you need to open the icream end and scrap the newly formed ice cream from the sides. One also checks the ice end and adds more ice and up to 1/4 cup of salt to enhance freezing.)

So we started out with the Latin shake. Here I am wishing I could dance to Carlos Santana's "Smooth".

OK, do you think Diana is smart? Who would think to get their gloves for this part of the ice cream making process?

We were getting tired of shaking so sports came into mind. We played a wonderful game of ice cream soccer in the kitchen and living room.

Belle was not impressed with this sport event!

Judy came up with the best method. We do not have a video camera, but I needed to document this method, so I used our cell phone's video option. Quality is not real good, but you can get the idea. Enjoy!

Ice cream was finished in twenty five minutes. (We gave it an extra 5 minutes- the fun was so intense that we did not want to stop)

YUMMY! SUCCESS!! Dan and Pix- we certainly enjoy your gift. Grandma says, "Boy, Flora will love to make ice cream with this critter." What fun!


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