YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker
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- Make ice cream anywhere--great for camping trips, picnics, and barbecues
- Just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other end
- Then shake it, pass it, or roll it around for 10 to 15 minutes
- Constructed of durable, advanced materials
- Backed by 1 year warranty; includes recipe booklet
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With the unique Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker, you can make ice cream while on camping trips, at picnics, barbecues, and many other places. You don't need electricity to make great tasting ice cream, but rather just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other end. Then, have a ball as you shake it, pass it, or roll it around for 10 to 15 minutes. The ice cream mix can be as simple as cream, sugar, and vanilla or you can try a more adventurous flavor from the included recipe list or make up your own concoction. Made of durable advanced materials, the Ice Cream Ball is lightweight, portable, and easy to clean.
Step 1, fill with ice.
Step 2, mix up ingredients.
Step 3, shake it up.
Step 4, enjoy.
- Fill the ice end with as much ice as possible, then add 1/2 cup of rock salt to the pint size or 3/4 cup to the Mega size. The lid should be hand tightened--do not use the wrench.
- Mix up your ice cream ingredients in a container, then pour the mix into the end with the metal cylinder, leaving about one inch for expansion at the top. Hand tighten the lid.
- Have a ball! Shake, roll, and pass it around as you mix and freeze the ingredients. It's not necessary to shake the ball...just motion will do it.
- After about 10 minutes for the pint size and 15 minutes for the Mega ball, open the ice cream end using the included plastic wrench. Scrape the sides of the cylinder to mix up the ice cream using a plastic or wooden spoon (don't use a metal spoon as it will scratch the cylinder). Then check the ice end. Pour out the excess water and add more ice and up to 1/3 cup more rock salt to enhance the freezing ability. Close the lids securely and continue having a ball for approximately 5 to 10 more minutes (15 for the Mega).
- You will then have about a pint (or quart for the Mega ball) of delicious soft-serve ice cream. The consistency will vary based on the ice, your mix, the outside temperature, shaking frequency, etc. Once the ice cream is to the consistency of your liking, gently scoop it out and enjoy!
Important tips for using your Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker:
- Directions and recipes are inside the Ball.
- Use cream instead of half and half for richer tasting ice cream.
- Leave about an inch of space for expansion when you fill up the can with the ice cream mix.
- After 10 minutes (15 for Mega ball) of mixing (shaking, rolling, and passing), it is important to stir the ice cream mix (it freezes more around the can). Also, drain the water and refill with ice and additional rock salt. Have fun for another 10 to 15 minutes and you're done.
- Use the provided plastic wrench to open the ball, but not to close it.
Pint Size Details:
- Weight When Empty: 2 pounds
- Weight When Full: 7 pounds
- Ice Cream Capacity: 1 Pint/16 fl. oz.
- Approximate Prep Time: 20 minutes
Mega Size Details:
- Weight When Empty: 3 pounds
- Weight When Full: 9 to 10 pounds
- Ice Cream Capacity: 1 Quart/32 fl. oz.
- Approximate Prep Time: 30 minutes with cream, 35 minutes with half and half
What's in the Box?
Ice Cream Ball, recipe booklet
One-year warranty on manufacturing defects
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in 4 days we made 1 gal of ice cream ( we shared and made some for family). We made mint chocolate chip, chocolate, strawberry, and keylime pie ( all very good). The strawberry and key lime pie, we made back to back and had no issues and used a total of 1/2 of the ice makers tray. The kids had a great time, when they took a break from playing, my husband just rocked it with one hand, and on the 2nd one I just rocked it with my foot after it was rocked by my husband, by now the kids where off and into something new. I find no need to drain the water and add more salt, but I do add ice when I think it needs it ( and that has been once each time I make a batch). average time using the above mix about 40mins, oh, the strawberry had about 1 cup whole milk, 2 cups 1/2 and 1/2, and 1 cup heavy cream ( and it came very close to a hard ice cream) ( do not know why, but maybe we had more salt rocks, for I just let the kids have fun adding the salt without measuring it). I also save what ever salt is left in the ice bath, and reuse it for the next batch. I really like that u can make a batch up and have no leftovers calling your name in the middle of the night ;) , the strawberry was eaten by 5 kids,6,5,4,3,2, and 2 adults ( small servings, but it took care of the sweet tooth). I might add, it melts very fast, so we put ours in cups, works much better then blows for drinking the melted portion of the ice cream.
con: make sure little ones use the palm of their hands and bottom of their feet when rolling the ball ( for the ball has areas that a finger can get catch in and bend them ( it happened to me and my 6 yr old), and have them keep their hands off the floor, for the ball is hard plastic and will hurt, if their fingers get rolled over ( it happened to me and 2 of my girls). But this has not stopped them ( us) from playing and making ice cream, we just have learned what not to do....
That combined with the fact that scraping the ice cream down in the middle of the process is extremely messy makes me give this only 2 stars. You can do better with a small coffee can for the ingredients inside a larger coffee can for the ice/salt.
I wasn't sure if I'd actually use it, if it would make enough ice cream, or what the deal was. The instructions are pretty straightforward, so I got to mixing my ingredients, dumping in the ice and salt and was ready to party. I didn't think it would be a good idea to physically throw the ball around, since it was heavy and I didn't want someone to drop and break it. Instead, I rolled it around on the living room floor while watching tv. Pretty wonderful lazy way to make ice cream! My only complaint was at the end, it was nearly impossible to get the lid ends off. I ended up using a small hammer to get the thing open.
Other than that, it's a pretty cool gadget. Added bonus - it looks like a hamster wheel, but instead of little pellets of hamster poo inside, you have delicious ice cream.
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