My son was about six-years-old when I first learned about making ice cream in a bag. It was the show-and-tell project for a child who was in the homeschool group we attended once a week. We have one of these, but sometimes it’s fun to take a shortcut for homemade ice cream in under ten minutes.
Who knew you could make ice cream so quickly and easily, and with ingredients you’re likely to have on hand?
7-minute Homemade Ice Cream
Here’s what you need:
- 1 Gallon-sized freezer bag (Ziploc-type bag)
- 2 Quart-sized freezer bags (regular storage bags will do, but the stronger, the better they’ll hold up)
- 1/2 Cup heavy cream, OR half and half, OR whole milk (The results will obviously be better with a cream or half and half, but whole milk will also do pretty well. You can try 2%, but I’ve found that it comes out more like melty snow cream than ice cream.)
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla (I use my own Homemade Vanilla Extract, but you can try other flavored extracts if you’re not a big fan of vanilla.)
- 4 Tbsp. salt (Kosher or rock salt, preferably, but table salt will do.)
- 4 Cups of crushed ice
Pour cream or milk into Quart-sized freezer bag, followed by 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring. Let as much air out of the bag as possible, then seal it closed. Put that bag inside of the other Quart-sized bag. Again, let out the air and then seal it up.
Finally, put the double-bagged ice cream mixture inside the Gallon-sized freezer bag. Pour in crushed ice and salt, then let out excess air and seal the bag.
Using a kitchen towel, work the icy bag with your hands. You’ll want to use a towel, or something like that, because otherwise you will freeze your hands!
In about five to seven minutes, you’ll have a creamy frozen treat. Scrape it out into a small dish, or eat it right out of the bag!
Don’t expect it to be like store-bought ice cream — it will definitely be softer and creamier, but it’s very yummy, and fun to make on a hot summer day. You can also try adding in other ingredients, such as frozen blueberries or chopped, frozen strawberries.
If you want to make it an education experience, visit this link for a bit on the science behind why this works.
Budget Tip: If you choose all organic ingredients, making ice cream at home is a great way to enjoy non-GMO, organic frozen treats without breaking the bank!