Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
The remedy for a hot summer day (or night) is cool, creamy ice cream. No need to wait around for the ice cream truck, this is a fun and delicious recipe to help you cool down a hot summer day. It’s part gourmet, homemade treat and part fun activity. Plus, it’s completely customizable for each person. And the best part? It’s ready in 10 minutes.
Wait. Homemade ice cream in 10 minutes? Are those angels singing?
Gather the kids and the ingredients and make some today.
Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
1 quart-size plastic food storage bag
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
Fill the gallon-size bag 3/4 full of ice cubes and sprinkle a handful (about 1/4 cup) rock salt over the ice. In the quart-size bag, add cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Seal the bag, removing excess air, and place inside the larger bag and seal it as well. Shake the bags vigorously (probably outside) for 5-10 minutes, or until the ice cream in the inner bag gets thick and hard. Remove and dry the inner bag to keep the saltwater out of your ice cream. Discard the larger bag. Serve immediately in a bowl or right out of the bag.
For Chocolate Ice Cream: Add 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and reduce the vanilla to 1/4 teaspoon.
For Strawberry Ice Cream: Add 3-4 tablespoons sweetened, pureéd strawberries.
For Mint Ice Cream: Replace vanilla with 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and add 3 drops of green food coloring.