Application to test: Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker--Amanda Tikkanen
- APPLICATION TO TEST: Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker
Please accept my application to test the Play and Freeze Ice Cream
Maker. I have read the Backpack Gear Tester Survival Guide v. 1202,
in particular chapter 5, and agree to follow . My signed tester
agreement is currently on file.
Name: Amanda Tikkanen
Height: 5'4" (1.6 m)
Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
Email address: uberpest at uberpest dot com
Personal website: http://www.uberpest.com
City, State, Country: LaGrange, Indiana USA
I have been backpacking and hiking since the spring of 2000
throughout Michigan and Indiana, covering several hundred miles,
always with a dog by my side. Beau has been happily carrying a pack
since 2002. Before Beau I hiked with Lucy, who is now retired.
My style of backpacking is moving from overnights to long distance
hiking, including multi-day trips. While I don't favor ultralight
equipment, I do like to go as light as possible while still being
Some of my favorite summertime childhood memories center around the
old wooden hand crank ice cream maker my mom had. I remember many
nights sitting in the back yard making ice cream. Later on in life
I found a way to make single servings of my favorite treatthe
plastic baggie method of ice creamery. This method places a small
zipper seal plastic baggie filled with ice cream ingredients inside
a larger bag that is filled with ice and salt. It's messy and
drippy and sometimes the salt gets into the ice cream. NOT ideal
for a confessed ice cream junkie like me. How to solve the
problem? The Play and Freeze Ice Cream maker looks like it fits the
If selected for this test I would test the Play and Freeze Ice Cream
in Northern Indiana and parts of Michigan. My nieces and nephews
are over on an almost weekly basis and can help me with the "play"
factor, as well as seeing how easily children can use the Play and
Freeze. I would also take this on the family reunion camping trip
in July since there will be at least 15 children at the reunion, not
to mention adults who, like me, love gadgets and shiny things.
Car/base camping along with picnics would be my primary outdoor use,
but I will attempt to use it on a backpack trip if I can figure out
how to get ice in the Midwest in summer! I have a 9-10 day trip
planned for later in the summer, but there will also be many day and
overnight hikes before then to get me ready for that many days away
Things I will be paying close attention to:
Ease of Use:
How easy to follow are the instructions?
How easy is it to fill with ice, salt, and ingredients?
How easy do they come back out?
How easily does it clean up?
Can children easily use this item?
Since my primary helpers in this test will be children (come on, how
can you have ice cream AND a cool toy around kids and not let them
help? That's just mean), I will be seeing if the Play and Freeze
gets scuffed up or broken while in use by my nieces, nephews, and
cousins. Age ranges on this will be the youngest at 3 up to the
oldest at 17.
Do the kids actually want to play with the ice cream maker, or is it
either uncool or boring?
Is it useful as a distraction while making/cleaning up dinner,
setting up camp, etc?
Is it easy to clean?
How packable is the ice cream maker?
Is it too big, bulky, or fragile to easily transport?
How tasty is the ice cream (or frozen yogurt)?
How is the texture? Too hard? Too runny?
Is one pint enough? (Remember, the serving size *shouldn't* be when
the spoon hits the bottom of the bowl!)
How long does it take to make ice cream using the instructions and
recipes provided by the manufacturer?
How long does the ice cream last after it's made? Is that long
enough to get it to excited small children (or, an ice cream junkie
with a bad jones)?
How do added ingredients affect any of the above (i.e., the coffee
flavored recipe listed on the manufacturer's site state to use a
small amount of warm water for the coffee)?
Does salt get inside the ice cream like it does when using plastic
How easily does it clean up? At home? In the field?
How much does outside weather and temperature affect the ability of
the Play and Freeze to get me my fix when Ben and Jerry are nowhere
to be found?
Is the ice cream maker practical for anything other than car/base
camp use or for fun at home for those of us where any real amount of
snow is rare this time of year?
The manufacturer also states the Play and Freeze can be used to make
mixed drinks such as margaritas. I will be enlisting adult friends
and relatives for this part of the test since it should come in
handy on very hot summer days.
Other: any other issues that may come up during the testing period.
If selected for this test I have no color preference.
My previous reports can be found at:
Tests in Progress:
Outdoor Products Vert Gloves (in Long Term Testing phase)
Therm-a-Rest Women's ProLite 3 (Long Term Testing completed,
currently getting HTML fixed for upload)
Pending Applications: None
Granite Gear Nimbus Latitude Ki Women's Pack
Currently Test Monitor for the Jetboil GCS stove.
Nesco/American Harvest FD-70 Food Dehydrator
Wolf Packs Reflector Dog Pack
Granite Gear Absorber Dog Leash
Ruff Wear Approach II Dog Pack
Esbit Folding Pocket Stove