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How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

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Delicious homemade ice cream without a machine in minutes.

Love ice cream? Homemade ice cream is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Learn how you can make ice cream in a Ziploc bag with ingredients already in your kitchen.

No Need for Expensive Equipment

An ice cream machine is right up there with a juicer and a bread machine when it comes to kitchen appliances that seem like a good idea at the time. If you’re anything like me, these gadgets end up collecting dust in the corner. Avoid expensive, unnecessary equipment and follow these simple steps to make your own ice cream in minutes any time you have a craving!

ice cream in a bag

Getting Started

As a general guide, the following quantities will be enough to make around one scoop of the frozen creamy stuff, so adjust your ingredients depending on how much you're craving.

Take a small sized sealable (Ziploc type) bag and add 1/2 cup of milk, and 1 tbsp of sugar. For added flavor, use 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Seal it up, getting rid of as much air as you can. Now double bag it inside a similar-sized bag.

Throw 4 cups of crushed or cubed ice with 6 tbsp of salt in a large freezer bag. You can use any kind of salt, as you won't actually be eating it. The salt is there to lower the freezing point of water, if you want to get technical. Put in your little double bag, and seal the large bag around it, getting rid of as much air as possible.

Shake It!

Now for the fun part—get shaking baby! Wrap the bag in a tea towel, or use gloves if you aren't feeling hardcore, but otherwise just shake the bag for at least five minutes before checking on its progress.

You’ll start to notice it getting thicker by simply feeling through the bag. In eight minutes max, you should have some seriously delicious ice-cream; it will take longer if you are mixing a large batch.

When you remove the smaller bag, wipe it down carefully to get rid of all the salt on the outside.

OK, so now your arms might be aching, but that just means you’ve got a great workout and really earned the delicious ice cream you’re about to eat!

Make Your Ice Cream Extra Yummy

Now that you know the basic steps, get creative and up the yum factor by using flavored milk, adding some fruit puree towards the end of the process, or even a spoon or two of ready-made fudge sauce. You can also try substituting cream in place of milk for a bit more calorie dense, but super yummy treat.

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