Tonight I finally had the chance to use our 'play and freeze' ice cream ball
I'm sure there are thousands of happy customers out there but I was not one of them. Maybe I was spoiled by the electric ice cream maker at my brother's house last week that constantly moved and stirred and scraped the milk mixture off the sides.
Rolling the ball in the yard is not an easy task with a labrador retriever in the area. It looks too similar to her own balls and she kept bugging me to kick it for her. Second, initially I didn't have the lid on tight enough so sugary cream was leaking out making it even MORE enticing to a labrador retriever.
Next it needs an awful lot of ice cubs and I emptied the bag of ice in our freezer, so I now have to run to the store in the morning for more ice. I think I might buy two or three bags of ice tomorrow and keep them in our deep freeze. Then, the ice cream froze to the size of the container making it very hard to remove. Although I felt this was a problem, someone else in the house just ate it out of the ball and didn't seem slowed down by it at all. I put the remaining ice cream in the freezer and I'll see how that goes, sometimes the ice crystals are downright dangerous!
Since it wasn't a good idea to try and roll it around the yard, I ended up wrapping it in a towel and shook it around. I figured it was a good arm work out. I was surprised how quickly 1/2 hour actually went.
Bottom line, the ice cream was good. I would have liked to return the ice cream ball to the store for a refund but Jp said we couldn't do that, so we might be passing it on to some nephews or other kids we know.
Currently my brother's homemade ice cream that is boiled on the stove is tied with the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler's Nitro Ice Cream which is flash frozen at your table. mmm mmm mmm. I would love to try that at home!