Make It: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

You don&t need an ice cream maker to enjoy a batch of homemade ice cream.
By Amy DiPlacido
Nov 27, 2013



Nov 27, 2013

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!

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