Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream in a Zipper-top Bag

As a follow-up to my post - What's Really in Ice Cream - I ran across this super easy, super quick recipe for making ice cream and it only has 3 ingredients! I made it in 10 minutes and my son and I inhaled it! It was so good! And the really awesome part is that while the recipe calls for vanilla extract, I'm pretty sure that you could use any organic extract - orange, lemon, lime, almond, etc. - and have any flavor of ice cream you want!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup organic half 'n half
2 Tbsp pure cane sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 quart-sized zipper-top plastic bag
1 gallon-sized zipper-top plastic bag
Approximately 3-4 cups of ice
1/2 cup table salt

1. Pour half 'n half, sugar and vanilla extract into the quart-sized zipper-top plastic bag. Seal and shake until sugar is dissolved.
2. Take gallon-sized zipper-top plastic bag and fill half-way with ice. Pour table salt over ice.
3. Take sealed quart bag and place into gallon bag making sure that there is ice on all sides. Seal securely.
4. Shake for approximately 5 minutes or until the ice cream has solidified (it will be similar to a soft-serve texture). I recommend shaking the bag over a sink as moisture builds up on the outside of the bag and flys off as you are shaking it. (The bag got so cold that I had to wrap a towel around it.)
5. Once solidified, remove the quart bag, rinse under water to remove the salt, open and enjoy!

This recipes makes approximately 1 cup of ice cream. It was just enough for two! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Next time, I think I will add crumbled up homemade brownies or cookies into the mixture after it is set and then stick it into the freezer and see if adding other ingredients will work. I also think I will try a version of mint chocolate chip by using peppermint extract and homemade chocolate chunk pieces - yummy!

What do you think? What version would you like to make? Do you have a quick homemade ice cream recipe to share?

This post was shared at Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Hearth and Soul Hop and It's a Keeper Thursday.


  1. Pure genius and what fun! Thank you for sharing this method. I once had a small electric ice cream maker but it just didn't work very well. By the say, I tried to join your site and it won't work. :(

  2. What a great idea! This is such an interesting post. I love the wholesome ingredients in your ice cream, and that you can make it without any fancy gadgets. Thank you for sharing your homemade ice cream with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  3. I absolutely love this idea! I am featuring this on my roundup on tonight's Hearth and Soul Hop. Thanks for sharing this delicious and easy recipe!

  4. I love it! I don't have an ice cream maker, and since I live overseas for a couple of years only, I don't want to buy one. This gives me an option for ice cream if I want it.... but I have to WORK for it, so I will be inherently limited. Thanks!