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“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
Home-made ice cream was special when I was growing up. With ice cream in a bag, each child gets to make their own serving of home-made ice cream. They can watch it freeze before their very own eyes! This is a hit for any age, young to the not-so-young!
If you haven’t done this before you are in for a treat, literally! Be sure to make one for yourself.
Your Very Own Ice Cream Freezer
The large gallon sized freezer bag holds the ice and the salt, like the outside drum of the home-made ice cream freezer. The smaller quart sized freezer bag holds the ice cream ingredients and acts like the inner container of the home-made ice cream freezer.
It is helpful to use freezer bags as they are stronger and not as likely to break with a bit of rough handling.
Ice Cream Tips and Tricks
If you want to have some extra fun, you can add some chocolate syrup, strawberries, nuts, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits or any extra ingredients you want to make your own custom flavors.
Be SURE to get the bags well closed. There is nothing more disappointing then having salty ice cream when you are done!
This gets really, really cold during the mixing process so I have some hand towels handy to put around the bags so there’s no summer time frost bite on little fingers!
It may be best to be outside or over a sink as sometimes the bags break if someone gets too rowdy! Salt water on the kitchen floor is not fun to clean up.
Ice Cream in a Bag
You can eat your home-made ice cream right out of the bag or scoop it into a bowl, and be sure to have some fun with extra toppings!
What’s your favorite flavor?
This is actually a great science experiment. Have the grands guess why ice cream freezes, then go online and see what the salt does to the ice water solution to make it so cold.
I love experiments I can eat. Enjoy!
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- 1 Gallon sized Ziplock Freezer Bag
- 1 Quart sized Ziplock Freezer Bag
- 4 cups ice
- ¼ cup salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- Place the ice and salt in the Gallon sized Ziplock Freezer bag. Set this in the sink.
- Pour the milk, vanilla and sugar in the Quart sized Ziplock Freezer Bag and seal the bag. Make sure this bag is well sealed and there is very little air inside.
- Place the quart sized bag into the gallon sized bag with ice and seal the larger bag.
- Shake the bag for 5-10 minutes. You can wrap the bag in a towel if it gets too cold to handle. Don’t open the gallon bag until the process is finished. You can feel the ice cream harden through the bag.
- Open both bags taking care to wipe off the quart bag of ice cream so salt doesn’t get into the ice cream.
- Spoon the ice cream into a cup or bowl or eat it right out of the bag!!