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How to Make Ice Cream In a Bag

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How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag Hip2Save

Did you know you can make creamy homemade ice cream in a bag at home with just a few simple ingredients? This recipe makes a perfect project for the kiddos to help with – great for a summer break activity!

Homemade Ice cream in a Bag

(Recipe found via HubPages.com)
Makes single servings

Ingredients:

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

For chocolate ice cream: 2 teaspoons cocoa powder + 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Making homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker Hip2SaveDirections: In a larger gallon-size freezer bag, mix salt and ice. In the sandwich-size freezer bag, mix together half & half, vanilla, and sugar (and cocoa powder if making chocolate ice cream). Seal sandwich-size bag tightly and place inside the gallon bag. Seal gallon-size bag tightly, and shake for about 5-10 minutes until mixture is frozen. This is the perfect opportunity for a kid helper but consider using gloves or a kitchen towel because the mixture will be cold. Be gentle enough not to break the bag.

Eat right from the bag or scoop in a bowl or cone. Yum! 😀

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 16

  1. Mommy81

    Yummy! Perfect for summer days 🌞

  2. V

    I remember making this in my high school chemistry class back in the day. It was simple, fun and a nice quick treat!!! Thanks for the wonderful memories Mrs. Olson!

  3. ohiogirl

    I’ve never purchased rock salt before. Where could I buy some? TIA.
    Thanks for sharing. This will be great to do with my little guy over the summer!

    • Emulvey2001

      In Walmart/Target type stores, check around where they sell the ice cream makers. A lot of stores carry it now. I’ve even seen it seasonally at hardware stores!

      • Karen

        It’s at the hardware stores for melting ice on walkways and such

    • JY

      Can I use regular table salt?

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        In short no. The salt used in making homemade ice cream is rock salt. It is a coarse salt and can be found in grocery stores and big box stores 😀

    • Melissa

      Harris Teeter carries it next to the regular salt

  4. Adina

    is this the rock salt used for snow? i would assume that it is highly toxic. I know the salt wont be eaten but in such close proximity to food makes me nervous.

    • Rae

      No there is rock salt sold specifically for making ICS cream. Also snow melt salt, unless noted that it has additives in it, is just salt.

  5. Melissa

    We made this last year and my girls loved it. Good memory.

  6. Lauren

    This is an awesome activity to teach kids about energy transfer between systems and surroundings and how that relates to phase changes. Gotta start ’em young! 😉

  7. Wendy

    I’ve done this with my classroom for years. It gets messy so I recommend doing it outside!

  8. Naomi

    Just a tip: you really need to your freezer bags (not regular sandwich or gallon siZed bags). The cheap and thin ones break open extremely easily. Also, kids typically get tired of shaking it pretty quickly so be prepared to take turns. Also. Wear gloves. It’s cold.

    I worked at a Boys & Girls Club for 9 years and gave done this about a million times.

  9. Moni B.

    This is just too awesome to be true! 😉 Thank u for sharing….definitely going to try this out this summer! :9

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It works! Have fun 😀

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