You don't need an ice cream maker to enjoy a batch of homemade ice cream. Your kids will love helping you whip up this cold treat in just five minutes in a zipper storage bag. Plus, they'll pick up some great learning benefits – like developing their skills in math and science, enhancing motor skills, and increasing their ability to focus and concentrate -- by measuring the ingredients and following these directions.
Ingredients & Materials
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon flavor extract (such as vanilla, mint, orange, almond, maple, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- Ice cubes
- 1 pint-sized zipper storage bag
- 1 gallon-sized zipper storage bag
- Winter gloves or a towel (optional)
Step 1: Mix up the ice cream
- Pour 1 cup of heavy cream into a large measuring cup.
- Stir in the extract until blended thoroughly.
- Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
- Pour the cream mixture into the pint-sized ziplock bag and seal it tightly.
Step 2: Prepare the ice and salt mixture
- Fill the gallon-sized ziplock bag about half way with ice cubes.
- Pour 1/2 cup of kosher salt onto the ice cubes.
Step 3: Shake up some ice cream
- Place the smaller bag into the larger bag filled with ice and salt.
- Zip up the larger bag and immediately start to shake, shake, shake!
- The bag will be cold to hold for a long period, so you may want to put on winter gloves so your hands are protected, or hold it with a towel. Or play a game of hot potato, passing it back and forth!
Step 4: Enjoy!
- After shaking for 5 minutes, check on your ice cream. The liquid should have solidified and now have a creamy texture.
- Grab a spoon and enjoy your creation right out of the bag, or scoop it into a bowl. If you want add-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts or fruit, you can add them now.
Enjoy your ice cream!