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The Lakeland Traditional Ice Cream Scoop is a fantastic scoop.
I like the look of the scoop as it is silver and shiny and really does look traditional.
The scoop is made from stainless steel and is very strong. This is important as ice cream is usually hard (it has come from the freezer though!) Most times I struggle to get the scoop into the ice cream as it's more like a block of ice than ice cream but the scoop never feels as if it will break. We have other scoops that feel ready to break when it goes in the ice cream so I use this one when I can.
To get the ice cream out of the scoop you can squeeze the handle and the ice cream will pop into the bowl. This is easy to do and has never been a problem. The only issue is that I can never manage to get a round scoop in the first place.
If I was (by miracle) able to make a scoop they would be an average size ice cream scoop and fits well into ice cream cones. Unfortunately I usually end up with ice cream scrapings, still tastes as good though.
The scoop is £5.99 from Lakeland. I think this is a good price as it will last a long time.
Lakeland is a great quality brand and this ice cream scoop is no exception. Works well with ice cream even if I cannot scoop it.
My mum has used one of the traditional ice cream scoops for as long as I can remember. We always had ice cream scooped out with one of these, and strangely enough we also had mashed potato scooped out with the ice cream scoop too! She would always ask how many scoops of mash we wanted with dinner!
Anyway, I too use a traditional ice cream scoop, but I use mine for different purposes. I use it primarily for baking; I use it for cupcakes and muffin batters, I use it for cookie doughs, and I also use it for American style pancake and Scotch pancake batters. I do occasionally use it for ice cream as well.
I've had a few of the traditional ice cream scoops over the years, the one that I currently have is this one from Lakeland. I've had it for about 4 years now, and it's still going strong. They currently cost £5.99 in Lakeland, I'm sure that I paid more than this - maybe they've actually come down in price?
It's made from stainless steel and it's superb quality - in fact it's the longest lasting traditional ice cream scoop that I've owned. I use this most days as I'm always baking cakes or cookies, and so it gets an awful lot of use in our house, and it's still in absolutely perfect condition. It's dishwasher safe, mine goes in the dishwasher probably daily and I've had no problems whatsoever, it hasn't warped or rusted at all and of the moving parts still function perfectly.
I find that this is the perfect size for portioning out cupcakes, one scoop of cupcake batter in this will fill the cupcake cases to around a third full - which is where you want to fill them upto to allow for the cupcakes to rise. This also allows you to very easily make all your cupcakes the same size so that they cook evenly and they look uniform ready for frosting.
I also use this to make larger sized cookies, I scoop up the cookie dough and then level it off, I then depress the chunk of cookie dough out onto the baking sheet and squish it flat. Again this makes all my cookies a uniform size so that they cook evenly and look uniform. Using the ice cream scoop also creates much less mess than forming all of the cookie balls by hand.
Again using this for pancakes ensures that they look uniform and that they cook evenly, they are all ready for turning or flipping at the same time - making weekend breakfast cooking that little bit quicker and easier.
This is quick and easy to use, you just scoop up your cupcake batter, cookie dough, pancake batter, ice cream etc and then flip the scoop over and squeeze the handles together. This will move the little metal lever inside the scoop with will push your batter etc out of the scoop. Obviously with 'solid' items such as cookie dough or ice cream (or even mashed potato!) then you will end up with a perfectly formed little scoop on your plate. With 'liquid' items such as cupcake batter or pancake batter then it's really more to do with getting equal scoops out very quickly and easily.
I use this all the time, and wouldn't be without it. If it did decide to break on me then I'd be off down to Lakeland to purchase another quick smart! It's quick and easy to use, and it can be used for all sorts of things not just its traditional use - ice cream.