Introduction: Homemade Ice Cream: Quick, Easy, & on the Cheap!

Want to make some good ol' fashioned ice cream? Don't feel like spending $20 and surrendering some kitchen space to an ice cream maker? DO YOU SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM?!?! If so, read on...

'Tis true, my friend; you can bring this playground favorite right to your own home, crafted from your own hands, using only a handful of common ingredients.

For all intents and purposes, I'll show you two ways to make your own ice cream: the Ziploc method, and the jar method.

AND GUESS WHAT!!! For all you allergy folks out there, great-tasting ice cream is now possible! You can substitute your favorite "milk" for this recipe!

Step 1: The Ziploc Method

The Ziploc method is my preferred method. It takes less time, and the ice cream usually ends up having a better texture. However, you'll need rock salt - an ingredient which is not a common household item, yet not hard to find in your local supermarket.

Ingredients
1. Milk - 1 cup or 240 mL - I used Rice Milk; just make sure that if your milk is sweetened, you use less sugar
2. Sugar - 2 tbsp or 30mL - use less if you are using a sweetened milk substitute
3. Vanilla - 1/2 tsp or 2mL
4. Ice - 2 cups or 475 mL
5. Rock Salt - 1/4 cup or 60 mL - this ingredient can also be referred to as ice cream salt
6. A 1-Qt (.94 L) Ziploc bag
7. A 1-Gal (3.78 L) Ziploc bag

Step 1
Pour milk, sugar, and vanilla into quart-sized (.94 L) Ziploc bag; shake.

Step 2
Pour ice and rock salt in gallon-sized (3.78 L) Ziploc back; shake.

Step 3
Put small Ziploc into larger Ziploc. Slosh the bag back and fourth across your countertop until the ice cream becomes nice and thick.

Step 4
This is Ziploc ice cream; grab a spoon and just eat it right out of the bag! ;]

Step 2: The Jar Method

The jar method does take longer than the Ziploc method, but you have less chances of a mess, and you don't need rock salt.

Ingredients:
1. Milk - 1 cup or 240mL - I used Rice Milk; just make sure that if your milk is sweetened, you use less sugar
2. Sugar - 2 tbsp or 30mL - use less if you are using a sweetened milk substitute
3. Vanilla - 1/2 tsp or 2mL
4. Jar
5. Freezer

Step 1
Measure out and pour all ingredients into jar; shake.

Step 2
Place your jar in the freezer. Placing it in between other items will help speed up the process. You'll need to keep it in the freezer at least 3 1/2 hours, taking it out and shaking it at 30-minute intervals.

Step 3
When you take out your ice cream to shake and hear little or no "sloshing", it is ready. Run it under some cool water to loosen up the top.

Step 4
Pour, serve, and consume. =D

Step 3: Notes

A few notes on this Instructable...

On rock salt... Rock salt varies by brand. At school we used 1/4 cup of rock salt for every 2 cups of ice. However, at home I used a different brand of rock salt and discovered that I needed a lot more - a whole cup of the stuff!

Also - the ice cream mixture is not necessarily directly proportional to the rock salt mixture; that is, if you were to halve the ingredients in the ice cream mixture, you could still use the same amount of rock salt and ice.

Additional notes may be added at later times, so keep checking back!

Good luck, and have fun!
~Labot2001

Oh! And I'd like to give a round of applause to Eric and everyone at Instructables HQ who helped design the new Editor! I absolutely LOVVEEE it! ;]

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lucasp120 made it!(author)2017-07-04

OH MY GOD SO GOOD

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AshleyP116 made it!(author)2017-03-15

So I tried it with mint extract and green food coloring!! Gonna see how it tastes in a couple minutes. Might wtf some sprinkles for fun because I don't have any chocolate chips!!! Perfect for a hot day thanks a bunch!!

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Heaven7202 made it!(author)2016-09-05

Is there anyway to make this coffee/ espresso flavored?

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Tika+CymoneW made it!(author)2017-01-07

I would say YES as i used chocolate milk but didnt add sugar or vanilla so whatever flavor youre going for tweak the sugar next im going to try frozen fruit to see if the fruit inside the mixture and the ice and salt outside the mixture if it may be thicker. I used 1 cup of chocolate and an additional cup of strawberry banana

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ryantt.santos made it!(author)2016-12-19

can you take it out the bag???

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Tika+CymoneW made it!(author)2017-01-07

If you do take it out i would put in freezer so it will be firmer and easier to get out or just cut the bag open once you figure its hard enough

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Tika+CymoneW made it!(author)2017-01-07

I just made it instead of vanilla i used Double Chocolate milk and Strawberry Banana milk (Neslie Quik) nothing else i shook until the mixture got firm u fortunately your only going to get a little thicker than Dairy Cream Ice Cream. DA LI SHUSH YO MOUTH!
Ps. I used gloves for the cold, more ice and salt i believe the thicker it gets.

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marytaylor2016 made it!(author)2016-12-06

I made it like this and its the easier way of making it. Its really Fun and it tastes so good!

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Yoooooow made it!(author)2016-11-06

I just used milk sugar vinilla essence in a ziplock bag shakes it all together and then put it in the freezer because the ice/rocksalt shake method didn'tb work, my method did but it took a little longer

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Jillxz made it!(author)2016-09-01

I make that all the time in a jar and it does not taste anything like ice cream. It is good , but definitely not ice cream

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firefliie made it!(author)2009-05-24

ok i accidently got a little bit of rock salt in my ice cream...then i ate it anyway...then i looked on the package of salt and it said if eaten then call hospital immediately...should i be concerned low?

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bamb6 made it!(author)2016-08-28

I cant stop laughing

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Jennifer+Bareham made it!(author)2015-08-03

Are you OK now

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Kandid made it!(author)2009-05-24

Not really, but just to ease your mind, try to vomit and after that drink a lot of milk. Next, call 911 (or whatever is the phone for your emergency services) and tell them exactly which brand of rock salt you ate and how much. They will give you any additional info.

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The+Honey+Boy made it!(author)2016-06-05

I tried it and it does not get hard, but it stays runny.

could you help me? I really want to make ice cream!!!

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BrookeH23 made it!(author)2016-06-30

Add more salt and ice. Shake longer.

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JasC5 made it!(author)2016-06-19

can we use regular salt instead of rock salt, and is the ice supposed to be crushed or just regular ice?

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icecraem made it!(author)2015-10-01

could you substitude pureed strawberries for the vannilla ?

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The+Honey+Boy made it!(author)2016-06-05

yes you can!

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OwenZ2 made it!(author)2016-04-16

I believe so!

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AbbyR15 made it!(author)2016-06-01

What if the icecream doesn't freeze at all and it just stays very runny?

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JoeyW5 made it!(author)2015-06-20

This was the worst thing I have ever done, 1/10 don't recommend! Currently I am sitting with a bag of milky ice salt and I hate it.

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HalfChocolateCow made it!(author)2016-05-24

You don't put the ice and salt in the same bag as the other ingredients. You obviously didn't read the directions.

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ShaelynM made it!(author)2015-08-22

Can I make this recipe with my Cusineart Ice cream maker?

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jany made it!(author)2008-11-20

How long does it take for the zip lock bag method of rocking?

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Labot2001 made it!(author)2008-11-20

No more than a few minutes.

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Chicken10 made it!(author)2015-07-10

If i want chocolate ice cream, do i just add cocoa powder and more sugar?

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dodo91 made it!(author)2011-07-25

I added 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder... ganna see how it tastes later!

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ChristyO2 made it!(author)2015-06-24

Howd it taste

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nicelle.tagle made it!(author)2015-05-03

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stephanie%C3%AB1 made it!(author)2014-09-22

Can you make this without the vanilla extract? and is it still going to taste good?

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leannmaestas made it!(author)2014-12-03

I think

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leannmaestas made it!(author)2014-12-03

I think so ?

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Marie.Spraggins made it!(author)2013-01-26

I just made this 5 minutes ago. I didn't have any rock salt, but then I remembered, you could use table salt instead. So, I used a little over a 1/4 cup of regular table salt. The ice cream turned out just fine. It was so good Also, I wrapped the bag in a towel cause the bag gets very cold after a few minutes. Thanks for the Satisfaction of my sweet tooth! :-D

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Misac-kun made it!(author)2011-12-27

Simple yet efective! Nothing more to declare!

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sspidle made it!(author)2011-08-20

can I add a coffee creamer to this recipe? I have single serve coffee creamers that are amertto and it would be delicious!

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Nihilistic made it!(author)2009-05-27

Is the rock salt necessary, or can you substitute regular (table) in its place? Wouldn't the reaction be similar enough temperature to make the ice cream?

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SephysManda made it!(author)2010-10-26

I've used table salt plenty of times since I don't have any rock salt.

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ElvenChild made it!(author)2010-07-10

I just came up with some exotic new flavors; idea 1 add pink lemonade when making idea 2 when ma king put in coke fanta orange or fanta strawberry and mentos shavings for reaction and flavor idea 3 put in gingerale and skittles for reaction and flavor!

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batman96 made it!(author)2010-05-04

 I just tried this, it is AWESOME, and so SIMPLE!
THANKS

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Tempest36 made it!(author)2010-04-04

I just made this 5 minutes ago. I didn't have any rock salt, but then I remembered, when I first did this in high school, you could use table salt instead. So, I used a little over a 1/4 cup of regular table salt. The ice cream turned out just fine. It was so good my fiance had me make him some. Also, I wrapped the bag in a towel cause the bag gets very cold after a few minutes. Thanks for the 'ible. Satisfied my late night sweet tooth! :-D

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portiapwnxyou made it!(author)2010-04-02

Is this more of a sherbet texture or is it still creamy goodness?

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pieman12 made it!(author)2009-08-01

can you use fat free milk/lactose free milk???

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thepelton made it!(author)2010-03-22

I know someone who is lactose intolerant.  They get coconut ice milk.

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minime12358 made it!(author)2009-09-27

Making this right know by putting rock salt + ice in my rock tumbler and then putting a zip lock in with it.

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minime12358 made it!(author)2009-09-27

Btw i heard somewhere to put a little corn starch to thicken it.

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dusty825 made it!(author)2009-09-04

I let the kids do this all the time, it's a good way to keep them busy for a few minutes, and they always appreciate learning new things

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dainegirly made it!(author)2009-05-15

You might want to put the ice cream mixture that's in a bag into another bag. In my experience, this prevents you from having salty ice cream.

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cheesphht made it!(author)2008-11-22

What about the cream?!!!

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PKTraceur made it!(author)2009-03-24

in the milk

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