10 Brilliant Tricks for Using an Ice Cream Scoop to Make Your Life Better

That kitchen tool isn’t limited to doling out frozen treats.

Use an ice cream scoop to decorate sweets

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If you’re the type of person who eats cake just for the frosting, use an ice cream scoop when icing your cupcakes. You’ll get a huge mound of frosting, and it will create pretty round tops that are much easier make that the swirls that come from piping. This is what your favorite cupcake says about your personality.

Use an ice cream scoop on Italian night

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The process of rolling and browning meatballs can be a turnoff from making your spaghetti toppers from scratch. Scooping each ball out with an ice cream scoop and then browning them in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes is so much easier than rolling and browning them in batches. Your meatballs will be flat on one side, but that’s a small price to pay for the time you’ll save. These are more hacks to get dinner on the table faster.

Use an ice cream scoop at breakfast

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Using an ice cream scoop to put batter on the griddle will make sure the pancakes in your stack will be uniform in size. If you own two sizes of scoops, you can play around with the sizes to make fun shapes like Mickey Mouse ears. Check out these upgrades to make your pancakes even more delicious.

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Use your ice cream scoop in the garden

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Sub out a spade in favor of an ice cream scoop when digging in your garden. Using a scooper will make sure your holes are all the same depth while you’re planting seeds. Check out these gardening hacks that gardening centers won't tell you.

Use an ice cream scoop for entertaining

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For a lovely presentation, serve your bread with round scoops of butter. A regular ice cream scoop will make a generous serving for the table to share, while a smaller scooper or a melon baller can create individual portions.

Use an ice cream scoop for baking

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To ensure all your cookies are the same shape and size, dole out the dough with an ice cream scoop. You’ll end up with big, perfectly round cookies that compete with the ones at your favorite bakery.

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Use an ice cream scoop to serve fruit

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Love the idea of perfectly shaped melon pieces, but hate the idea of buying a tool just for that purpose? Melon ballers are essentially just mini ice cream scoopers, and there’s no rule saying melon spheres have to be so small. Spoon out your watermelon or cantaloupe with an ice cream scooper instead. Check out these spectacular watermelon carving ideas.

Use an ice cream scoop to give you a green thumb

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Transferring a houseplant into a new pot can leave you with a huge mess. Spoon out dirt with an ice cream scoop when you’re putting in potting mix to avoid scattering dirt all over the floor. Check out these tips for growing healthy houseplants.

Use an ice cream scoop at the beach

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Ice cream is refreshing on a hot beach day, but save the scooping for the ice cream parlor. Pack a scooper in your beach bag and let your kids use it when they’re building sandcastles. The round shape will make cool round shapes in the sand. While you're at it, your whole family can play these creative beach games.

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Use an ice cream scoop to preportion treats for kids

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If your kids need help serving themselves ice cream, make it easy by pre-portioning frozen treats before they ask. Line a baking tray with waxed paper, then place scoops of ice cream on it, leaving space between each dollop. Put the tray back in the freezer until the ice cream hardens again, then take the scoops off the paper and pop them into a plastic zip-top bag. Your kids can help themselves the next time an ice cream craving hits. Sources: 99-Cent Solutions, Extraordinary Uses for Everyday Things, thekitchn.com, delish.com

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