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Summer "Bucket" List: Homemade Ice Cream in a Homemade Ice Cream Maker

What you'll need:
2 Tab. sugar
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavoring you wish)
1/2 cup coarse ice cream salt
gallon-sized Ziploc bag or a large coffee can and one small coffee can
pint-sized Ziploc bag

If you are using coffee cans, get them good and cold by putting them in the freezer while you prepare the ice cream ingredients. Mix the sugar, half & half and vanilla extract together in a pint-sized Ziploc baggie. We held ours upright by putting it in a cup and folding the edges over the edge of the cup. Make sure it seals tightly. Now take the gallon-sized Ziploc bag or large coffee can and fill it up halfway with ice and pour the salt over the ice.
Now place the cream filled bag into the ice filled bag or the small coffee can and seal. If you are using the coffee can, you will then need to put the small coffee can into the large coffee can with ice.

Make sure it is sealed tightly. Place the bags in a towel or old shirt and have a child each take an end of the shirt and start swinging and shaking. Or, if you are using the coffee cans, you can roll them back and forth to each other across the floor. (Be aware that this may leak water as the ice melts, so making this on a porch or a floor that is easy to wipe up is suggested.) Shake, swing or roll for about 5-10 minutes. You might have to trade off people when one gets tired.

"Is it ready yet?"
When this time has passed, open the gallon-sized bag (or the coffee cans) and check to see if the ice cream is hard, if not, drain any water, add more ice and keep shaking. Once the ice cream is finished, quickly run the closed pint-sized baggie under cold water to quickly clean the salt off the baggie. (You won't need to do this step if you use the coffee cans.)
Open the baggie and pop in a spoon.

Want to make this a science experiment? Click here for the details.

Originally posted Jun 4, 2011


  1. Fun stuff! We've never tried the baggy ice cream, but we've done snow ice cream and an ELECTRIC ice cream maker and, our camping favorite, our ice cream ball from LL Bean. The principles are all the same though! Our favorite: a few drops of mint extract with crushed Oreos! LOL

  2. What a fun way to make ice cream. I use my ice cream maker, but I think my children would love to do it this way. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for linking up to the summertime fun party. I can't wait to see all the fun things you do this summer. You have such great ideas!

  4. I have made ice cream in a bag with my kiddos before, but let me just say, a pillow case would be MUCH easier on ME! When we did it with just plastic bags, the kiddos' hands got too cold and I had to end up doing the work for them. I like this way much better... :0)

  5. We like to kick/roll the cans around the yard, when the weather gets hot - if the weather ever gets hot :)

  6. I just saw this recipe in Family Fun today...I was thinking it would be a fun one to do this summer.

  7. I need to try this again because we had no luck the first time.......

  8. I've made ice cream in a bag before, but this is an even better technique! I bookmarked it! Thanks so much for sharing! Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

  9. We have made ice cream in a bag too. But not this way. It is 95° here today so this is perfect for me to read today! Thanks Phyllis!

  10. ooh, fun! I haven't done this for years, but I'd love to try it again. mmm.

  11. The boys did this at camp a few years back, Fun Times! Looks like it was great!

  12. I still need to try this again, maybe I'll find a way to tie it into our history lessons this year....


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