Summer Ice Cream Fun: Making Ice Cream in a Bag in 10 Minutes

posted: 08/05/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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On a hot summer day is there anything better than ice cream? When my kids start asking for ice cream after a day of fun in the sun, I have a hard time saying no--because summer is just better with ice cream. But what happens if a craving for ice cream strikes but your freezer isn't stocked? No need to panic, because we've got you covered. You don't need to wait for the ice cream truck to come down your street or an expensive ice cream maker taking up space in your kitchen. All you need is ten minutes, a few ingredients, and hungry kids willing to help.

Here's what you need:

1/2 cup half & half or milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup rock or kosher salt
3 cups of crushed ice
1 gallon size freezer bag
1 sandwich size plastic bag

*For chocolate ice cream, just add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. For strawberry, add 3 tablespoons of pureed strawberries.

Here's what you do:

Start by filling the gallon sized freezer bag with the ice and salt. Then put all of the other ingredients into the sandwich bag and seal. Try to push out as much air as possible as your seal the bag.

Put the sealed sandwich bag into the freezer bag of ice and salt. Make sure the entire sandwich bag is covered with ice and salt. Then tightly seal the freezer bag.

Now here's the fun part. It's time to get moving and grooving to make your ice cream. For the next five to ten minutes, shake the bag around by dancing, jumping, or (gently) tossing the bag with your kids. If the bag gets too cold, let them use a small towel to hold the bag.

When ten minutes have passed, it's time to dig in. Your kids can eat right out of the bag so it's less cleanup for you.