Ice Cream in a Bag

Summer continues to slowly warm our chilled Washington bones. There are rumors that it will be in the 80′s on Friday. Gasp! Run for the sunscreen! We’ve already received three invitations to hit the water (beach, lake and pool – we could do it all).

Sarah's ingredients

Sarah is ready to make some ice cream.

Feeling heady from the sunshine, the younger children and I went to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up supplies for making homemade ice cream. Dinner was a near thing as certain family members voted to move straight to dessert. Thankfully wiser heads prevailed and we enjoyed a nutritious meal before rushing off to prepare our icy sweet confections.

Buddies through thick and thin

The boys pause for their camera crazy mama.

Ice Cream in a Bag


* 1 tbs. sugar
* 1/2 c. milk (or 1/2 & 1/2)
* 1/4 tsp vanilla
* 6 tbs rock salt (or table salt)
* 1 gallon size Ziploc bag
* 1 quart size Ziploc bag

shake it, baby!

Grab a bag and shake it!


1. Fill the gallon size bag half way with ice. Add the rock salt.
2. Mix the milk, vanilla and sugar in the quart size bag. Seal bag carefully.
3. Put the smaller bag inside the larger bag and seal the gallon bag.
4. Shake the bag for at least 5 minutes until mixture becomes thick and ready to serve.
5. Rinse quart size bag carefully with cold water before eating.

let's eat!

Delicious – Cold Stone Creamy R Us

Enjoy! I can see this becoming a summer tradition. It was delicious. Next time I think we’ll double the mixture and make a little more. I would also like to experiment with some add’ins. :) Tim put on work gloves to shake his bag. It was definitely COLD work!!

Project 366 – Day 177

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13 thoughts on “Ice Cream in a Bag”

  1. What adorable pictures today. Your kids are all so beautiful. I want to try this with my kiddos when they get home. They’d like it!

    Looks like you all are doing very well with your budget. Congratulations on your hard work!


  2. How fun!!! We are going to definately try this! Have you tried adding any flavors in yet? Let us know – we’ll let you be the guinea pigs!!! The kids are going to love this! Where’d you find the recipe???

  3. YUM! We’ve made icecream in a can (like a coffee can) before and the kids had a LOT of fun rolling it all around. It was a “science” experiment (LOL)!

  4. We have done this before with our children – it actually tastes pretty good! It’s a lot of fun, too!

  5. I’ve heard of this but never knew any real people who’d actually done it. Glad to know it really works!

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