Your Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Quick and Easy Steps

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Perhaps, the most popular dessert that both kids and adults love is ice cream. We love ice cream because there are more than a dozen variants available for us to choose. Eating ice cream chooses no time or season as we can eat it anytime we want. There are even times when we choose to eat ice cream rather than eat our meals. However, you usually go to nearest ice cream parlor or store first before you can grab and taste this frozen treat. Do you know that you can now make a similarly delicious, or even more yummy and tasty, ice cream in no time without the need of an ice cream machine or freezer?

No Need for Ice Cream Machine or Freezer – Really?

Typically, an ice cream needs to be cooled down before it can be served. So, other than the necessary ingredients – cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, etc. – you will also basically need a freezer. But now, you can already make ice cream in a bag at home – an inexpensive, fast, and easy innovation of making an ice cream that is still guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. There is no need for you to buy expensive equipment or wait for several hours in order to have a scoop. All you need is to follow this quick and easy guide on how to make homemade ice cream in a bag.

Getting Started – Prepare the Ingredients and Materials You Need

This ice cream in a bag recipe will make about eight scoops of ice cream, so just make adjustments on your ingredients if you want to make more.

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 bag ice (crushed)
  • 4 cups salt (coarse)
  • pint-sized resealable plastic freezer bags
  • gallon-sized resealable plastic freezer bags
  • towel of gloves

Ice Cream in a Bag – The 5 Quick and Easy Steps You Can Follow

  1. Combine the whipping cream, half and half cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl and stir until even consistency is attained.
  1. Pour enough amount of the mixture into the pint-sized plastic bags. Seal the bag carefully while squeezing out extra air. Then, place each of the sealed pint-sized bags into the second pint-sized bag. Do the same thing. Seal it tightly while squeezing the extra air out of the bag. Freezer bags are much better to use as they are thicker and less prone to developing small holes, thus leaks are unlikely to happen. Extra air may cause the bag to burst when shaking rigorously.
  1. Get the gallon-sized bags and fill each bag about halfway full with ice. Add 1/2 cup of coarse salt to each bag afterwards. Put one sealed pint-sized bag into each of the gallon-sized bags. Squeeze extra air, and then seal the large bags. Using common table salt will do, but salt with larger crystals will work way better.
  1. Shake the bag for about 5 minutes or so, until the mixture thickens like of an ice cream. To protect your hands from extreme cold, use gloves or towel. Add more salt to the bag and continue shaking if the mixture has not reached the desired thickness after 10 minutes of shaking.
  1. Lastly, remove the bigger bag before opening the smaller bag to prevent your ice cream from being salty. It is now ready to serve and for you to dig in.

Great Tips to Consider – Make Your Ice Cream in a Bag Yummier!

To make your homemade ice cream in a bag creamier and more delicious, you can add your own creativity and make some experiments. You can use different flavor combinations, like flavored milk and fruit purees, but still using the same basic steps. If vanilla is not your thing, you can use chocolate or fruit syrups to match your taste. There are a lot of flavor extract available in the market that you can choose from. You can even make exotic variations of ice cream. Moreover, you can substitute cream instead of milk to have a more calorie-dense, yet very creamy ice cream treat. Milk is less rich and has low calorie. Adding chocolate chips, small candies, or other stuff as toppings will also do and will actually make it more attractive to eat. All it takes is your incredible and creative mind and hands.


You can also let your kids try making ice cream in a bag on their own. It is safe for them to prepare it and can be a lot of fun doing. They can actually learn from the process of making it at the same time. You can explain the science concepts behind adding salt to ice and the different reactions that take place along the way.

Ice Cream Making Process Explained – The Science Behind It

You might be wondering why we added salt to the crushed ice while making the frosty treat. So, how does it do the trick? In making an ice cream, other than the basic ingredients needed, it also needs to be cooled down. One way to do it without the need of a freezer is by using salt. Salts works by lowering the temperature at which water freezes, and by creating extra-cold brine, which absorbs heat from the mixture. This will then cause the mixture to freeze. This process of lowering the freezing point is called freezing-point depression. On the other hand, the motion created by shaking breaks up large crystals of ice and allows even freezing, thus achieving a smoother ice cream.

So, that’s indeed an easy guide that you can follow on how to make ice cream in a bag at your very own home. No need for an expensive ice cream equipment and no need to wait for hours just to have a scoop that can satisfy your crave for this delicious frosty delight. More than that, you get to choose your own flavor and use your creativity to come up with a much better and more mouth-watering variant of ice cream. So, try making one now by using these simple steps made available for you and enjoy bonding with the kids at the same time.


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