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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Plastic Bag

No ice cream? No problem! You probably have the ingredients at home to whip some up.


  • Step 1: Put ingredients in smaller bag Put the milk and sugar in the quart-sized bag and seal it. For vanilla ice cream, add vanilla extract; for chocolate ice cream, add cocoa powder. Throw in a quarter of a cup of chocolate or butterscotch chips if you like.
  • TIP: Experiment with other varieties by using ½ to 1 tsp. of flavored syrups like strawberry or caramel or extracts like lemon or almond.
  • Step 2: Make an ice bag Put the ice and the salt in the gallon-sized bag.
  • Step 3: Put small bag inside big one Put the smaller bag inside the bigger bag and seal it.
  • Step 4: Shake it Shake the larger bag vigorously for seven to 10 minutes.
  • TIP: Wear winter gloves while you shake; the bag is cold!
  • Step 5: Enjoy Remove the small bag, which now contains ice cream. Snip a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze it into a dish. Makes one serving.
  • FACT: In the 1920s, immigrants arriving on Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream as part of their "Welcome to America" meal.

You Will Need

  • Two resealable plastic bags
  • one gal.-sized and one qt.-sized
  • 1/2 c. reduced-fat or whole milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract or 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • 2 trays of ice cubes
  • 6 tbsp. salt
  • Waterproof winter gloves
  • Chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • Flavored syrups
  • Flavoring extracts

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