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Make It: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

You don't need an ice cream maker to enjoy a batch of homemade ice cream.
on November 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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In the Learning Toolkit blog, get quick and easy tips on how to support your child’s learning at home. From arts and crafts activities to conducting science experiments, we offer simple and fun ways to support your learner’s development at every age and stage.

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