A simple machine can do the work of more than 100,000 slushy machines in just a few minutes, and it takes less than $100.
How about a home-brewed slushie machine that takes a few hours?
A simple home-made machine can perform a wide range of tasks from cleaning up spills to making ice cream, says Kevin Miller, a former executive vice president of the North American slush business who now runs a consulting company.
“The machine itself has a lot of control,” he says.
“It’s not like you have to do anything to get it to work.”
A basic slush mixer is simple to build, but the ingredients and process needed to make it are much more involved, he says, and the equipment is more expensive.
For the most part, home-style machines use a metal, ceramic or stainless steel bowl and a bowl of water to fill the machine with slush.
The bowl of slush is the most commonly used material, but some home-based slush makers also use a plastic container that can be filled with slop.
“When you add water to the bowl of the machine, it will make a slop pool,” Miller says.
The machine must be kept in a warm, dry place for the slush to grow.
“If you leave it in a room for 24 hours, it can be a little hard to grow it,” he explains.
Once the slurry has been grown, it is mixed in a mixer, which can be as simple as a mixing bowl or a plastic blender.
To make the slusher, the slop is put into a bucket and mixed in with the water.
The slurry is then heated to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit and the machine is ready to work.
This process takes just under an hour, but depending on the type of slurry, it could take a couple of hours to produce the perfect slush mix.
A basic, homemade slushmaker will make one gallon of slop per day for a home.
Miller says he typically uses two gallons of slops, which he mixes into two large containers of water.
To create the best slush, he adds some sugar, a few tablespoons of baking soda and some other ingredients.
“You can have about five to 10 ingredients on the slosh and that’s it,” Miller explains.
Miller uses an electric mixer to make the mixer and to keep it running.
He also uses an automatic sprinkler system to add water as needed to create the sluice.
“To keep it clean, I put a little bit of dish soap on the bowl and use a little toothbrush to wipe down the bowl,” he notes.
If the machine isn’t too hot, he uses a wooden spoon to mix the slops and then adds the water to prevent them from burning.
To keep it from running out of sludge, Miller has two other types of machines that he uses for a variety of tasks, from cleaning to making icing.
A “scraper” machine, which is an old-fashioned machine, uses a scoop to scoop up slop and place it in the machine.
The scoop also serves as a scooping device for mixing and mixing again, he explains, but it is much more expensive than the basic machine.
“They’re kind of heavy,” he adds.
A traditional machine is the machine that is usually used to grind or stir up powdered sugar or a variety a candy bar.
A home-soda machine is used to make sugary drinks, including soda, tea and coffee.
These machines usually have a plastic bucket with a straw in the bottom and a slush bucket at the top.
“I’ve seen people mix a lot and pour a lot into it, but I never get a lot out of it,” says Miller.
He says he is only allowed to mix one-quarter to two-thirds of a gallon per day.
“My machine is good enough to be my primary machine for a couple months of the year,” he continues.
“And then when I’m away, I’ll be looking for something else.”
Miller says that his machines typically have a large metal bucket, which holds up to six gallons of water, as well as a plastic slush container that holds three to six cups of sludgy sludge.
The machines can be easily moved around and modified, he notes, but they need a lot more maintenance to be able to handle the growing sludge and other daily tasks.
“Every little thing is something different,” he observes.
“Some people like to make homemade sluices, but most people like home-type machines.”
The Slush Machine A basic home-built slusher machine, with the help of a plastic bowl, is one of the simplest home-grown sluicing machines, says Miller, who has been making slush for over 30 years.
A simple homemade slusher can do a lot for cleaning up spilled food and other liquids, and a homebuilt