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. 

Enjoy!

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190 Discussions

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TILKO

Question 10 months ago on Step 1

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.
Kind Regards
Tilla.

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CathyH76TILKO

Answer 4 months ago

Equal parts milk and light cream.

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srenner23

Question 10 months ago on Introduction

What do I do when the salt gets in my ice cream? It's gross and it ruined most of it.
(I USED BLACK SALT AND IT TASTES LIKE EGGS!)

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CathyH76srenner23

Answer 4 months ago

Have a bowl of clean ice water ready and rinse the outside of the bag before opening. If you see the inner bag leaking while shaking, reseal or double bag it as salt can enter while shaking.

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terriminx

Question 10 months ago on Introduction

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.

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terriminx

Question 10 months ago

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

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CathyH76Exonius0

Answer 4 months ago

You could, but it would have a crunchier, more crystalline texture.

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BreckaA

Question 7 months ago on Introduction

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?

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CathyH76BreckaA

Answer 4 months ago

I’d double the ingredients and use a quart bag for the ice cream. That amount should easily feed 4 younger children.

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CathyH76

Tip 4 months ago on Step 4

Have a bowl of clean ice water ready to rinse the smaller bag in once removed from the salted ice. This will keep any saltwater from getting in as you scoop out the ice cream.

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Elpel360

Tip 7 months ago

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