Homemade Ice Cream: Quick, Easy, & On the Cheap!

Step 1: The Ziploc Method

Picture of 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.

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! ;]
dusty8256 years ago
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
Nihilistic6 years ago
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?
dainegirly6 years ago
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.
cheesphht6 years ago
What about the cream?!!!
jany6 years ago
How long does it take for the zip lock bag method of rocking?
Labot2001 (author)  jany6 years ago
No more than a few minutes.
Great Recipe! We didn't have any ice cream so i looked and found your recipe. Thanks A Lot :D