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Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Minutes With Things You Have in the Home

Perhaps it is the fact that it is March and I still have 3 feet of snow blanketing my lawn, but I wanted to somehow turn those lemons into lemonade. It also happened to be a weekend where my kids whined about not having ice cream in the freezer and I wasn’t about to go out in the cold to get them any. So researching ice cream recipes seemed like the next best thing.

I then decided to look up that plastic ball advertised as an ice cream maker for kids. Essentially you fill the ball with the ingredients and another chamber within the ball with ice and salt. Give the kids the ball to toss around the yard for a few minutes and while they worked off those calories they can gain it back and then some by eating the resulting ice cream in the ball. Then I remembered reading a while back about making your own ice cream using a variety of implements you already have at home. My tutorial uses 2 zipper bags, but you can use a bag within a salad spinner or even a large plastic food container (which would probably be more comfortable on the hands).

I tried it. I loved it. The obvious is that you control the ingredients and you know what’s going into your ice cream. The other reason I like it is because you can make individual servings, and each person can select the flavour they want. How great would that be at a dinner party…if your guests don’t judge you for making them work for their dessert of course. But you can have a variety of ingredients and they can make their own tailored made dessert. And this is REAL ice cream, not ‘frozen dessert’ many boxes are now labelled with because they don’t fit the definition of actual ice cream.

I am planning to serve up an ice cream ‘buffet’ for my daughter’s up coming pyjama party. It’s a great activity for the kids, and if you really want to justify making ice cream with them I guess you can call it a learning opportunity to teach them about science. Really, I call a spade a spade and it’s my kids making ice cream for momma.
The ingredients is limited by your imagination. I make a classic strawberry ice cream in this post but I also made a wonderful ice cream with crushed walnuts, skor bits and sweetened with maple syrup. Maybe you can get all nouveau gourmet and try different things like spicy flavours or alcoholic, for the dinner parties and not the pyjama parties of course.

You will need:

1 small zipper sandwich bag

1 larger zipper bag (4 litre or 1 gallon freezer bag) or a salad spinner, plastic food storage container

Lots of snow….ice cubes work too

1/3 cup coarse salt (I used sea salt but if all you have is table that is fine)

1/2 cup 10% cream (or whichever you prefer the higher fat the creamier)

1 strawberry finely diced

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Gloves, mittens, or towels to protect hands from cold

ice cream ingredients

1) In a mixing cup or bowl mix together the cream, sugar, vanilla, and strawberries. I actully pre-mixed the sugar and strawberries to let it macerate and soften.

ice cream ingredients mixed

2) Place the snow/ice and salt in the large zipper bag

ice cream bag of snow

3) Place the small zipper bag inside a mug and slip the top over the sides for easy pouring. Pour ice cream ingredients into the smaller bag.

ice cream ready to shake

4) Now here’s the fun part. Put on the gloves or wrap a towel around the bag and shake. Shake it like a polaroid picture. Shake for 5-10 minutes until you see the inside bag getting pretty solid or until you can’t wait anymore. This is what it looks like when done.

ice cream shaken

5) I suggest you run the bag of ice cream under cold water very quickly just to wash off the salt to prevent any of it getting into the ice cream.

ice cream done in bag

Et voila! You have delicious ice cream that tastes even better because you put your figurative sweat into it. Now the real bonus is that everyone can eat it straight out of the bag and no dishes! But here’s a pretty blog photo for you.

ice cream finished1

4 comments on “Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Minutes With Things You Have in the Home

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    March 5, 2014

    This is great! Have to try it 🙂

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