How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag





Introduction: How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

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What You'll Need
Ice Cubes
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup Kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint-size ziplock bag
1 gallon-size ziplock bag
Any of your favorite ice cream mixins 

Serves 1

Step 1: Measure Ingredients

Combine the half and half, sugar and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag. Seal the bag tightly, so that none of the liquid will leak out.

Step 2: Prep Ice Bag

Fill the gallon-size ziplock bag halfway with ice cubes. Sprinkle Kosher salt over the ice cubes.

Step 3: Zipping Bags

Insert the pint-size bag filled with ingredients into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon-size ziplock bag. If the bag begins to leak, don't hesitate double bagging it to reduce the mess.

Step 4: Shake It Up!

Shake the bag for 5-10 minutes until the ice cream mixture begins to harden. Feel the small bag to determine the consistency of your ice cream. Once satisfied with the consistency, remove the small bag from the bag of ice.

Step 5: Enjoy

Open the small ziplock bag and add any desired mixins that you want. I added raspberries to mine. Feel free to eat the ice cream right out of the bag or, if you prefer, scoop it into a bowl. 


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I think I was a bit impatient as I only shook for 3 minutes so started eating. It still tasted lush

Thanks for the recipe

Go down the shop and buy your ice cream. Much simpler and no mess.

You can double bag the cream mixture to help make sure it does not open up into the bag with the ice and salt.

12 Questions

I was wanting the kids in my class (preschool) to make it but was wanting to put like 3 kids per bag...would it feed them or would i need to increase the measurements?

what happens if you dont use sugar

Half cream and half milk but it isn't necessary to have it. Just use milk.

are u able to use milk instead of half and half

Datman, obviously 'half and half' isn't a common product outside of where you live as look how many people have asked!

half and half? Is this milk, if so, I would guess full cream or maybe semi skimmed? Sorry, im in the UK and 'half and half' is not a familiar concept.

Please tell me what half and half is? I presume that it is milk you are talking about. Would love to make the Ice Cream as we are experiencing a heat wave down here in South Africa.
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What exactly is "half and half". And will ordinary salt suffice?

I used whole milk and black salt, so I assume any kind of salt would work. But make sure you put a second plastic bag around the ice cream... I got salt in my ice cream.
again, i used black salt, so it tastes like boiled eggs.

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half and half is common product. It is a 1/2 milk and 1/2 cream product you can buy at the grocery store. It will be in the same location as the milk and would say 1/2 and 1/2 on it.

What do I do when the salt gets in my ice cream? It's gross and it ruined most of it.

What is half and half, please? Is it milk & cream? Where can I buy something? Thanks


Half & half is 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 heavy cream (whipping cream)
If it's not carried in your stores, you can simply make it yourself.

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half and half is common product. It is a 1/2 milk and 1/2 cream product you can buy at the grocery store. It will be in the same location as the milk and would say 1/2 and 1/2 on it.


I take it then that light cream is single cream here in Ireland.

Half-and-half, also known as half cream in the United Kingdom, is a simple blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream.


No... ice cream isn't called ice water... use milk if you need to

haha. it's ice water. how bout ice cream candy with that ingredients?


Using water won't work, but as a kid I made "snow ice cream". Forget the recipe, but had to still use some cream, or half and half.

For the one who asked, half and half is half milk and half cream, or close.

Snow Cream: 1 bowl of CLEAN, FRESH snow
a little cream (or milk if you don't have cream or half/n/half
some white sugar sweeten till you like it
a few drops of vanilla extract

Mix it all together and scarf down before the snow melts any more

BTW, if not sweet enough, you can add sugar; if too sweet, just put in more snow and milk.

Can you use "yellow snow" and tell everyone it's lemon ice? LOL

Loved this as a kid, but watch out for the yellow snow....

What a nice thing to do! I'm sure yrralguthrie appreciates you sharing this with her. That's what this discussion group is all about! Nice of you.

Sorry! I had a brain fart and typed water instead of milk

That would make a slushy popsickle, or flaovored slushy ice, not ice CREAM.

Yep! That's why it's called Snow Cream. The slushiness of it is the fun part for kids! Lighten up...

I am not 100% sure, but you might get a "Sorbet" instead of ice cream. However, you might as well directly make crushed ice in a blender and add flavors to it and have it fresh!

SOME people can't have much fat due to many health issues. So ice milk may have to do for them. I personally have to use Lactaid milk, low fat for liver, low sugar for diabetes, etc... I could go on but I'm sure you get the point.

Just seems some of your comments are "snippy" & downgrading & when someone asks a question they deserve a straight, kind answer. These people are not stupid, just curious about adjustments they may 'need' to make. The other people on here are supposed to be here to help each other, not make people feel inferior. Just sayin`..... Be nicer.

Yes, people. Be nicer. Or say nothing.

Some people can't have fine wine. If you would rather have Kool-Aid than water, have Kool-Aid. No one cares, except maybe for you.

I sent a guy to the hospital with my ice cream once. He had apparently developed lactose intolerance as an adult, but since he hardly used milk except for a little in his coffee, he didn't even realize it. But he liked my ice cream so much, he ate three bowls, and an hour or so later, felt so ill he had to go the the ER. Oops!

A read a pinterest method placing double bagged ingredients in empty coffee can with ice mixture surrounding it. Tape can up REALLY WELL and let the kids kick it around the yard. I would tripple bag ingredients and put in smaller can inside large can.

Has anyone ever made it with whip cream? That’s what I’m doing for a pr