Appetizers & SnacksBaked GoodsBeveragesBreakfast FoodsCooking EquipmentDairy & EggsDesserts & SweetsDining OutFood IndustryFruitsGrains DishesMeat DishesSauces, Condiments, and PreservationSpecial DietsSpices & SeasoningsVegetable Dishes

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag in 10 Minutes

Updated on February 15, 2013

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag in 10 Minutes!

If you've never made homemade ice cream in a bag, you HAVE to try it at least once; and trust me, if you make this easy and versatile ice cream recipe once, you're sure to make it again and again - it's that delicious!


4.3 stars from 20 ratings of Ice Cream in a Bag

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: about 3/4 cup ice cream

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup ice cream salt
  • 3 cups crushed ice
Homemade strawberry ice cream in a bag
Homemade strawberry ice cream in a bag | Source

Instructions

  1. Pour half & half, sugar and vanilla into a Ziploc sandwich bag; zip the bag closed; set aside.
  2. To the Ziploc gallon bag, add crushed ice and rock/ice cream salt.
  3. Put the sealed sandwich bag inside the gallon bag; zip the gallon bag closed.
  4. Shake the bags for at least 5 minutes; when the ice cream feels slightly firm, it's done.
  5. If desired, add other ingredients like chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, crushed cookies or candy bar, to the small bag and shake for another minute or two.

Step-by-step picture instructions

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Decide if you want to mix in fruit or other chopped ingredients.Add the half & half, vanilla and sugar to the small bag and seal.Rock salt or ice cream salt helps cool the ice cream evenly.Either crushed ice or whole ice-cubes will work.Add the ice cream salt and ice to the larger bag.Put the small bag inside the large bag; seal shut.Grab the corners of the large bag and shake moving hands up and down.Shake for at least five minutes.Add additional ingredients during the last minute of shaking to combine.Eat the ice cream directly out of the bag or scoop out and eat immediately.
Decide if you want to mix in fruit or other chopped ingredients.
Decide if you want to mix in fruit or other chopped ingredients. | Source
Add the half & half, vanilla and sugar to the small bag and seal.
Add the half & half, vanilla and sugar to the small bag and seal. | Source
Rock salt or ice cream salt helps cool the ice cream evenly.
Rock salt or ice cream salt helps cool the ice cream evenly. | Source
Either crushed ice or whole ice-cubes will work.
Either crushed ice or whole ice-cubes will work. | Source
Add the ice cream salt and ice to the larger bag.
Add the ice cream salt and ice to the larger bag. | Source
Put the small bag inside the large bag; seal shut.
Put the small bag inside the large bag; seal shut. | Source
Grab the corners of the large bag and shake moving hands up and down.
Grab the corners of the large bag and shake moving hands up and down. | Source
Shake for at least five minutes.
Shake for at least five minutes. | Source
Add additional ingredients during the last minute of shaking to combine.
Add additional ingredients during the last minute of shaking to combine. | Source
Eat the ice cream directly out of the bag or scoop out and eat immediately.
Eat the ice cream directly out of the bag or scoop out and eat immediately. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: about 3/4 cup
Calories 205
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 16 g
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 60 mg20%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Top 5 Ice Cream Flavors

Flavor
Market Share
Vanilla
27.8%
Chocolate
14.3%
Strawberry
3.3%
Chocolate Chip
3.3%
Butter Pecan
2.8%
Data is for U.S. in-home ice cream purchases. Source: International Dairy Foods Association

A Favorite Dessert

As a kid growing up in the northeastern U.S., eating ice cream was a year-round affair, not just an indulgence of summer. While store-purchased ice cream certainly was not a novelty in our home, homemade ice cream sure was.

I remember the first time I ate homemade ice cream at a friend's birthday party. We each took turns cranking the handle on an old-fashioned ice cream freezer and then got to enjoy the tasty and creamy fruits of our labor.

Strangely, that was the one and only time I have eaten homemade ice cream in forty-five years of living; that is, until my daughter brought home a science experiment from her high school chemistry class for ice cream in a bag - not a bad homework assignment if you ask me!


The Chemistry Behind Ice Cream in a Bag

If you watched the video above or have made homemade ice cream before, you may be wondering how a liquid like half & half can turn into ice cream simply by moving it around in a bath of ice and salt.


Here's how it works:

The ordinary freezing point of water (H2O) is 0 degrees Celsius. When the compound salt (NaCl) is added to the ice, a phenomenon known as freezing depression occurs. Simply put, freezing depression means that the temperature at which freezing occurs is lower than ordinary.

Salt lowers the freezing point of water to a maximum of -18 degrees C., causing it to both freeze and melt at lower temperatures than normal.


Back to the ice cream in a bag experiment:

Recall from the ice cream in a bag recipe that a smaller bag of liquid cream is placed inside a larger bag of ice and salt and then shaken.


There are two basic reasons the cream forms ice-cream:

  1. The salt/ice mixture creates a super cold environment, well below water's normal freezing point, and
  2. The salt/ice mixture draws heat away from the cream mixture and maybe even your hands holding the bag.


Advantage of using ice cream salt vs. regular table salt:

Rock salt or ice cream salt has larger crystals than ordinary table salt. Not only do the larger crystals of salt dissolve more slowly in the ice water, but they allow for more even cooling.


And the shaking:

The shaking of the bags helps to make the ice cream consistent and creamy!


Homemade chocolate chip ice cream made in a bag
Homemade chocolate chip ice cream made in a bag | Source
Video Music Source: I Dunno by grapes, CC BY 3.0, via ccmixter

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, so simple! Your 3-ingredient recipe reminds me of Haagen Dazs's "Five" which limits ingredients to exactly five. Yours is even simpler! I like your explanation of what's going on with the addition of salt to the ice, and love the pictures, too. Maybe if you shake the bag enough, you'll burn off the calories you'll end up ingesting later. ;)

    • Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      A+++ recipe for a "normal" summer day when Sacramento hits 115 degrees. I have never seen ice cream made this way. The last time we made ice cream, we were cranking the ice cream maker for hours before we found out that someone had used salt instead of sugar. I was so traumatized! I think I can handle this recipe. Excellent video. And quit teasing the beagle!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks livelonger. I hadn't heard of Haagen Dazs Five before. I took a look at the flavors and ingredients - milk, cream, sugar , eggs and a flavor ingredient. The lemon sounds interesting. I think I may have to experiment with adding some fresh lemon to the ice cream in a bag recipe. Glad you liked the pictures and mini chemistry lesson.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Arlene. You have to try to make ice cream this way; it's really easy. Plus, if you keep a bag of ice cream salt in your pantry, the only ingredient you may need to buy is half & half. I bet you have a lot of good fresh fruit in CA, like strawberries, to mix in. And trust me, my beagle had her fair share of ice cream; I just didn't want to put up the picture of her tongue licking ice cream after the one I put on a recent cookie recipe hub. Glad you liked the video.

    • Outbound Dan profile image

      Dan Human 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      This is awesome - great professional video. Ice cream in a bag is way better than eggs! It has been years since I've made ice cream this way - I forgot how. Your instructions are easy to follow and the explanation of the science is well done.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hey Dan - I don't know, your eggs in a bag look really good - especially since I have a tendency to dry eggs out when I cook them. Thanks so much for your kind words about the video, as well as the recipe instructions.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, my gosh, girl, I'm seeing another hub of the day. You really know how to put them together to make them so attractive. Seriously! I'll be trying this with some chocolate chips or chocolate syrup or something chocolate-y! Great job. Many votes and sharing!

    • Daughter Of Maat profile image

      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      OH YUMMY!!! This looks awesome and so easy! I have a question, would almond milk work? Or soy milk? If not, I may stop being vegan for a minute just to try this. It looks so yummy! Voted up and totally shared!!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Victoria Lynn - Your comments always make me smile; thanks for that! I've got to tell you, I love anything with chocolate, but I liked the fresh strawberries better than the chocolate. I know, you should try both!

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is fantastic! My only recollection of homemade ice cream is sitting around the ice cream maker with each person in the house taking turns cranking up the ice cream machine. I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I read the title, but you certainly delivered on the promise. I enjoyed the video and I'm glad I got to see the process in action. This is one of those things I just have to try. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Daughter of Maat - That's funny - stop being vegan for a minute. To answer your question, I have seen other ice cream recipes around that use almond milk or soy milk. I'm not sure if the results would be as creamy, but honestly this is so easy to do you should give it a try. You may possibly need to shake it a little longer though. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

    • Daughter Of Maat profile image

      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I will definitely try it, and I'll let you know how it turns out. :D

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks MarleneB. You hit the nail on the head, it's one of those things you've just have to try. I'm glad the video made you less skeptical that it's possible to make ice cream in a bag.

    • ourforeverisnow profile image

      ourforeverisnow 4 years ago from Maine

      what a great idea to get everyone involved

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks DOM. I would love to know how it turns out!!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks ourforeverisnow. It's a great activity for kid birthday parties and sleepovers or long days of summer; and equally as fun for adults.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Okay, ktrapp, I'll try the strawberries, too! I'll let you know which I like better. This would be fun to do when my nieces are over!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      That's a great idea Vicki. Your nieces will love it. The anticipation to see the results is half the fun I think.

    • sadie423 profile image

      sadie423 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I made this in Chemistry class in highschool. It was very good.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      sadie423 - I'm pretty sure this ice cream recipe (experiment) is one of the few things my daughter liked about her chemistry class.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      ce cream made this way is so much fun. I used to make it with my children. I have not done so for several years. My nieces and nephew are visiting in July. We will have to make the strawberry ice cream. It will be a fun way for them to learn and create a refreshing dessert. Yum. Thank you for sharing this.

    • LetitiaFT profile image

      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      That is hilarious! What a winner! And perfect for me. I've been wanting an ice cream maker, maybe I won't even need one. Just wondering if I can make Vespawoolf's Horchata Ice Cream with it!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      pstraubie48 - What a great idea to make this when your nieces and nephew come for a visit this summer. I think it is a fascinating way to make ice cream, and I'm sure they'll have fun making and eating it.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      LetitiaFT - It is sort of funny that you can make ice cream with just two inexpensive plastic bags, as opposed to a more expensive machine. It's definitely a space saver too. Although ... an ice cream maker would be really nice to have, especially if you make ice cream often or for more fancy/gourmet occasions. That Horchata ice cream looks amazing, doesn't it?

    • LetitiaFT profile image

      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      I didn't even think of the space saving aspect which should be top of my list!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I'm sure when space-saving in the kitchen is a priority, we could all find ways to improvise without using appliances that the majority of the time sit in the cabinet anyway.

    • carter06 profile image

      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This looks ridiculously good ktrap...so cool:) thanks so much for sharing this well put together and delicious hub...but

      Ice Cream salt?? is this ordinary rock salt? I've never seen it here!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks carter06. It is "ridiculously good." (I like that description!)

    • dinkan53 profile image

      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Wow, nothing can be better than a cup of icecream in summer day. I love this recipe…it reminds me of the delicious home made icecream in my childhood days. One day I’ll have to give them a try. Excellent video demonstration. Rated as useful.

    • Seeker7 profile image

      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is awesome!! Ice cream of any kind is a favourite of mine and I can't wait to give this a try. I'm making the excuse that it's for the nieces and nephews, but secretly, I dying to have a large portion to myself!! LOL!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks dinkan53. Why is it that ice cream and childhood memories often go hand-in-hand? I'm glad you liked the video; hopefully it demonstrates how easy this recipe really is - sort of like, seeing is believing.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      HaHa Seeker7...no excuses necessary. We all deserve a little sweet indulgence every now and then.

    • earth angel Susan profile image

      earth angel Susan 4 years ago from Central Flordia

      Thanks for sharing! Since I am an ice cream addict, I will have to try this!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      earth angel Susan - I'm a bit of an ice cream addict myself and was surprised to learn that my all-time favorite flavor, mint chocolate chip, didn't even make America's top five. Oh well - more for me I guess.

    • plussize-lingerie profile image

      David Taylor 4 years ago from UK

      Great hub - love it, but a stupid British question: what is half and half? Is it half cream/half milk, or half cream milk? I'm sure we have it, but I think it must be called something else.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks plussize-lingerie. Great question - half and half is as you guessed, half cream and half milk. I have seen some ice cream recipes that even call for whipping cream.

    • plussize-lingerie profile image

      David Taylor 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you - might give this a try this weekend with the kids. Thanks again.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      You're welcome plussize-lingerie. I'm sure the kids will enjoy making it and eating it!

    • novascotiamiss profile image

      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Interesting. I wasn't aware that you could make icecream in a bag. I have never seen Icecream Salt before. Do you think that normal salt would work as well?

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      novascotiamiss - I'm not sure what stores you have in Nova Scotia but during summer months I can buy ice cream salt in Target and ice cream salt (or rock salt) is also sold in the grocery stores. However, you can use normal table salt instead. The only difference is crystal size so you may have to shake a little longer or add some more ice after shaking for a bit if it melts too quickly. But I have actually made this with table salt and it works.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      My guess is that you are going to have to turn off the comments for this hub by the end of summer. I also see an award of some sort in its future. Sure hope I get to make this with grandchildren soon!

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I loved your dog he was looking forward to that ice cream. This looks so easy. Wouldn't mind trying it. Voted Up.

    • catgypsy profile image

      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      I can't believe how easy this is...can't wait to try it! I've never heard of this before! Voted up and am sharing this!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      RTalloni - What a generous comment/compliment - thanks. Making ice cream in a bag sounds like a great activity to do with the grandchildren.

    • Natashalh profile image

      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What a great hub! I love your recipe, pictures, and scientific explanation. I knew, at some point, this could be done, but I'd forgotten. Thanks for reminding me.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Moonlake - My dog seems to look forward to all food. She did seem to enjoy her little sample of ice cream.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks so much catgypsy - Seeing is believing!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Natashalh - Thank you so much and I'm glad to have brought this recipe back to mind for you.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Love this Hub, love the video, and really love the dog! That was extra cute! I just might try this idea! Very creative. I'll vote it up, hit some stars and share, too!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How cool is this. What a tasty science experiment and the kids at home, bored for the Summer will love it. Gotta do it! The video and photos are so awesome. The little dog adds so much! Voted awesome and shared!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      mary615 - I'm glad you enjoyed the video and my dog. She's quite the helper in the kitchen. I hope you get to try this idea out sometime. It's sort of amazing how quickly cream turns into ice cream.

    • StephanieBCrosby profile image

      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a really great way to make ice cream. I will have to try this version one day. It beats breaking out the ice cream maker and making an ice cream base on the stove. I love the video, especially when the dog's snout sneaks in!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Rebeccamealey - I think making ice cream in a bag is an excellent boredom-buster for kids on long summer days. It would be a lot of fun for a birthday party or sleepover too. Thanks for your nice comments and I'm glad you liked my little dog.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Stephanie. I hope you get to try this version. Every time I make it I am surprised by how quick it is and how really good it tastes.

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Wow! Ktrapp! This is an amazing hub and recipe! I love the video and all of the photos. Just excellent! Great work.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I want the Beagle! And if I can pass the test and really do this, I will name my icecream after your Beagle 'cause he's so cute. So glad you shared with him. (Hope it's a him and if not, sorry.)

      Well there's nothing I love more than icecream and I'm drooling all over my keyboard to prove it. Gosh, I can hardly wait to try your marvelous and clever recipe. Adore the video!!!!

      Where will I find "rock salt." ? This delicious hub got an up from me as well as every button and sharing all over the place.

      Please sing a little song to the Beagle from the vocalcoach!

    • creativelycc profile image

      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Thanks for the memories, I used to do this with my children years ago when they were little. It's so much fun and delicious! Great hub!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      brittanytodd - What a nice comment. Thanks so much and I do hope you get to try out the recipe sometime.

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      ktrapp, I just had to pin this!!! It's great. I can't wait to make it!

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Quite an interesting way to make ice cream. Though I haven't seen ice cream made this way, we have roadside vendors of ice cream in my country who store their ice cream which has been frozen in individual metal cones and carry them around in ice to which rock salt is added to keep the ice cream solid as the salt does not allow the ice to melt soon.

      Great recipe and video.

      Voted up, interesting and shared.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      You're very welcome creativelycc. I wish I had known about this recipe when my kids were little, but I only learned of it through my daughter's high school chemistry class.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      brittanytodd - That's so kind of you. Thanks for letting me know!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      rajan jolly - I'm so glad you explained how ice cream vendors keep their ice cream from melting. I never heard of a method quite like that but I can see how it works since the rock salt lowers the freezing point - really interesting!

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      We tried this once and it didn't turn out well. Thanks for sharing your recipe. This looks like a winner to me! 5 stars and shared. Take care, Kelley

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      You should try it again sometime Kelley. If it still hasn't turned to ice cream after shaking well for at least 5 minutes, then dump out the ice/water and add some more ice and salt and shake a little longer. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome fun and easy to make. Voted up!!!! Yummalicious.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Vellur. It's so easy to make and "yummalicious" is a great way to describe it!

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What an awesome Video and recipe guide, ktrapp! You rock my socks off! I can't believe how easy it is to make this ice cream, and I love that one doesn't need a fancy machine to make it. Totally love this recipe!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Simone - The simplicity is simply amazing, isn't it? I've even seen where you use two cans instead of bags (tightly sealed of course) and play kick the can until you have ice cream.

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      I enjoyed this hub. It brought back some fun memories of making this ice cream with my kids. In fact, I mentioned this project to our farmer's wife and suggested her kids would have fun with it. Voted up and gave it 5 stars for its fun factor.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Danette. I'm glad this recipe brought back fun memories for you and I hope the farmer's wife makes it with her kids too. It definitely has a high fun factor.

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      Congrats ktrapp on this winning recipe hub!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      How funny Kelley. I didn't even know! I've been so busy making pizza today. Thanks so much!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      No wonder you won with this unique way of making ice cream with a variety of flavors. Your video and the layout of your hub were also outstanding.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you Pamela99; that was really nice of you to tell me that. I guess making ice cream in a bag is sort of unique and the flavors you can make are unlimited. I hope you get to try it out sometime. Thanks again!

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      My kids and I have made this many times and I did a variation of it last week using plastic containers with screw on lids. It worked great.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      That's a terrific idea VirginiaLynne. Plus, it would be easy to eat the ice cream directly out of the plastic container. Thanks for the tip; I'm going to have to try that out next time I make homemade ice cream.

    • cocopreme profile image

      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      This is a great recipe! I'm going to have to try it to cool off this summer. Pinned it on my food board on Pinterest. Great hub!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks cocopreme. It's a hot summer so hopefully this ice cream does the trick. Thanks for the Pin too.

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congrats for winning the best family recipe in the contest! It's well deserved!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Oh wow! I didn't know that vespawoolf. How nice to hear the good news from another hubber and thank you for the congratulations.

    • Melovy profile image

      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your win. This sounds like such a fun recipe to make. I feel sure my daughters will enjoy this science experiment. I have never seen ice cream salt, but I expect it will be available on Amazon, even here in the UK.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks so much Melvoy. Ice cream salt really is just rock salt packaged so you get the idea to use it for homemade ice cream. If you cannot find either in the UK, you're probably right that you can get it on Amazon. Thanks again for the congratulations.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your win. Prior to reading this, I never heard of making ice cream in a bag. Good science project indeed! Voted up, interesting and sharing. I liked the last photo in the video. Nice that your dog gets to at least have a lick or two. :))

    • jennzie profile image

      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Awesome recipe idea! I didn't know you could make ice cream in a bag- this looks delicious!

      Voted up and shared.

    • Marntzu 4 years ago

      You can use Kosher salt in a pinch too.

    • pennylu profile image

      pennylu 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Great ice cream maker! And, I loved the video. Thanks so much. I think you did a great job. Yum!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Peggy W. - It's sort of crazy that you can make ice cream in a bag, isn't it? And it's an awesome way to teach science. I just got some fresh strawberries so I think we are going to make some again tomorrow. And trust me, Ruby the beagle always gets her fair share :) Now that I think about it, I bet she would love to help you make some of your old fashioned cookies.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks jennzie. I don't know why, but every time I make it, I'm amazed that it works. Thanks for the vote up and share.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the tip Marntzu. It's always nice to have some available substitutes.

    • rosika profile image

      rosika 4 years ago

      What an excellent easy idea, loved it...Thanks for sharing and congrats on your winning!

    • Marntzu 4 years ago

      you're welcome

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Roskika - Thanks for the congrats. I hope you get the chance to try to make ice cream like this sometime.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Pennylu - Thanks...I'm glad you liked the video. Hopefully it demonstrates that you really can make ice cream in a bag easily and with just a few ingredients.

    • Purple Perl profile image

      Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Loved your dog, and loved the ice cream! What a fun idea and delicious too! Innovative, and I liked the science behind the idea too! Congrats on your win, a truly well deserved hub. Voted up and I loved your video and pics.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you so much Purple Perl. I'm so glad to know that you liked all aspects of this recipe Hub. It was a lot of fun to put together, of course eating the ice cream was the best part. Thanks again.

    • Outbound Dan profile image

      Dan Human 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Congrats on your well-deserved win in the cookbook contest!! This is surely a very family-friendly recipe.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Dan. Your congratulations is very much appreciated.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile image

      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Kristen

      First off are the million apologies for the delay in dropping by! So sorry about that - I've been away.

      I'm really intrigued. This looks amazing. I'm not normally a dessert person and not known for it but straight off the top of my head I know someone who would adore this and no doubt have many other friends who would also.

      Great video technique and way beyond my capabilities! Do you do tuition? I really am an old sea fishing foggie! :)

      Best wishes,

      Gordon

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hey Gordon - No apologies necessary at all. Oh, how I wish I wasn't a dessert person like you, but every now and then I can't resist. This ice cream is actually perfect though, since it's just the right amount; if you want seconds, you have to work for it! I'm glad you liked the video - thanks for letting me know and stopping by.

    • ausis profile image

      ausis 4 years ago from Australia

      Hi As a professional chef I learnt to make ice cream but even before that back in 1977 or their abouts my Aunt use to make it in the big machine. Now days I have 2 ice cream machines I use with a bulk recipe.

      It uses a sort of old english custard mix, 3-4 egg yolks, 1.2 litres milk, 1.2 litres cream, 600gram sugar, gelatine & other stuff to make it just right. This recipe always pleases whips up perfectly light & creamy. WAY better than even the superior shop bought brands. MY one problem is, as with anything all good things take time. It takes 4-5 days to make this mix 5 litres of ice cream.

      Sometimes I want just a little so your recipe will come in handy for that without having to do all the extra work first.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      ausis - I would love to hear what you think of this ice cream made in a bag if you get a few minutes to make it. As a professional chef, I bet you might even come up with a few tasty variations or flavors. You're homemade ice cream must be spectacular!

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I'm not at all surprised you won, great hub. Congratulations on your win.

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Congrats on winning Best Family Recipe on this beautifully presented and fact filled hub.

      The video was also very cool (pun intended).

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks moonlake. That's really nice of you to say.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Happyboomernurse. I was pleasantly surprised with the contest win. I appreciate your "congrats" and pun.

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Here is my one word, IRRESISTIBLE! Another great hub & video from you and I am not surprised. ~up, awesome and useful~

      Tracy

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Tracy - I know you've been busy moving and getting settled, but if you get a few minutes you should try making this ice cream with your kids. It's easy, really good, and sort of fascinating. Thanks for the votes and comment.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, what a fun idea! You could do this for a group of kids, each making their own,and putting their own choice of "add-ins."

      Voted up, awesome, starred and shared! (Oh, bummer--wanted to share, but no share button!) :-(

    • nancynurse profile image

      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      great recipe I have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks so much DzyMsLizzy. I wish I had know about making ice cream this way when my kids were younger. It would have been awesome to do at a birthday party. I've seen where you can also make this with two cans (instead of the plastic bags) and play kick the can to make the ice cream. Thanks for the stars and vote.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks nancynurse. I hope you like it, if you get the chance to try it.

    • rosika profile image

      rosika 4 years ago

      Hi again ktrapp,

      I really want to make this recipe but I can't find half and half at my place....what ingredient does the half and half have? I will try and make it at home if possible!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I'm not sure where you live and the terminology used if it's another country than the U.S., but half and half is half milk, half cream. So basically if you use 1 part of whipping cream and 1 part milk that would be the equivalent of "half and half." I hope this helps.

    • wilderness profile image

      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Ice Cream in a bog - who would have thought? (Except a smart science teacher).

      We have a camping trip planned this weekend - this just might make a great snack and game for the kids.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      It sounds like a lot of fun to make this on a camping trip with the kids (as long as you have access to ice).

    • sweetie1 profile image

      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Hi Ktrapp,

      Really enjoyed reading your recipe. So easy to make and looks mouth watering. I had to google what is Half and half as we don't get this in India but it can be easily made at home with cream and milk. voting it up and useful.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      sweetie1 - Thanks so much. I believe an earlier commenter from the U.K. also inquired about half and half (half milk and half cream, as you discovered). I didn't realize that half & half was a U.S. thing. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you get to make it.

    • sweetie1 profile image

      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Yes it looks easy so I have book marked it .. would make it in summers.

    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      OH YEAH! This recipe is great. I will be making this - the kids will love it.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Well, I'm going to have to try this, maybe for Christmas. I like to try new things and I really like quick and easy short-cuts that produce good results.

      Voted up and AUI.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Au fait - It might be good to add crushed candy cane at the end and make peppermint ice cream.

    • ienjoythis profile image

      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      So awesome!! I cannot wait to make this. Great hub, thanks!!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks ienjoythis. I hope you like it. It's a lot of fun to make.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! Had never heard of this, but ... it makes sense--and it sounds like lots of fun, particularly for kids. Congrats on HOTD! --Jill

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Jill. I was a bit skeptical when I made ice cream in a bag for the first time, but it does work and is a lot of fun.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! Congrats on the HOTD! You definitely deserved it. Thanks for sharing. I would love to try this.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Well, who would have ever thought of this??? First: Congrats on HOTD!

      I make homemade ice cream in a electric maker, but this method just fascinates me. I am bookmarking this one for sure.

      I voted it UP and will certainly share.

    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Ktrapp, this wonderful hub brought back memories for me. My Mom had a fascination with homemade ice cream and she was always looking for new recipes for it. She would have loved this!

      I definitely want to try it, and am impressed by your hub, which includes the science, too. Bravo!

      Congratulations on "hub of the day." Well deserved!

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      OH, yummy, but I think I'll wait until summer to try this. Baby, it's cold outside, here!

    • Relationshipc profile image

      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      This is a great, fun idea. We should all have to 'work' or 'play' for our ice cream! It helps us burn off a few calories before eating it.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Thelma. You should definitely try it. Really the only thing out of the ordinary to get is the ice cream salt or rock salt.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Mary. It's a lot easier to clean up than an ice cream maker. I have to say, that every time I've made this I'm always just as fascinated that it works!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks so much prarieprincess. I've always had a soft-spot for ice cream. Really, it probably was only one of the desserts my mother bought. I loved every flavor from the store, except for peach and coffee. I appreciate your compliments.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Paradise7 - It is a good summertime activity. But it's really not messy, so it can be done indoors too. (Now I've got that song in my head.)

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Aha--I knew it! What a fun time for the award to come--at Christmas. Congrats. :) I was thinking that this might make for a bright day in a nursing home.

    • vnsatakopan profile image

      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very interesting and sounds easy. Really worth trying out.

    • idigwebsites profile image

      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      This is really interesting and looks quite yummy! I'm intrigued about the half and half hehehe. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your win. :)

    • seanorjohn profile image

      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      congrats well deserved award. Never realised there was such a thing as ice cream salt. Will definitely try this recipe. It still seems magical even though you expertly explained the science behind it. Voted up and useful. Will tweet this.

    • Rusticliving profile image

      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I LOVE this hub and your video! I want to make ice cream right now LOL

      Congrats on Hub of the Day Kristin! Thumbs up and shared. ♥

    • NornsMercy profile image

      Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This looks so yummy! Can't wait to try it. :)

    • Junaid Ghani profile image

      Junaid Ghani Durrani 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Fantastic Hub! I really like it. Congrats on selection as HOTD.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Relationshipc - Good thought, there. We would probably all be better off if we had to work for all our food :)

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      RTallolini - Thank you so much, and what a great idea!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      vnsatakopna - It's definitely easy to make this ice cream - just a few ingredients and a few minutes!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      idigwebsites - Half and half, if you're not familiar, is half milk, half cream. I'm not sure where you're from, but in the states it can be purchased that way. It certainly does make a "yummy" dessert.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      seanorjohn - "Magical" is a great way to describe ice cream in a bag. I've made it quite a few times, and even with an understanding of the science, I am amazed each time the liquid cream turns to ice cream with some shaking. Thanks for your votes and for sharing this too.

    • adrienne2 profile image

      Adrienne F. Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Get THE HECK OUT!! Ice cream in a bag. Love this recipe, and the video is awesome. I can not wait to give this a try. Congrats on the hub of the day, totally deserve it. Have voted up, and bookmarked!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you, Rusticliving. I had a lot of fun making that video with my daughter and dog :) Looking at if again makes me want ice cream too.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Definitely give it a try, NornsMercy. To me, it rates high on the "yummy" scale, especially with fresh strawberries.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Junaid Ghani - Thank you so much. That's really kind of you to say.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      adrienne2 - You know what else? Not only can you make ice cream in a bag, but you can take the same concept and make it with two cans (a smaller one inside a bigger one) and then play kick the can until you have ice cream. Personally, I've never made ice cream in a can, but I think it would be an awesome idea for a kid's summertime birthday party. Thanks so much for your comment and votes.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I remember when you published this one. It's a good one! Congrats on HOTD. You deserve it!

    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      This is too cool. Voted up and sharing!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Vicki. It was definitely a bit warmer outside when I filmed this than it is today, but it's not like winter has ever stopped me from eating ice cream :) Thanks for stopping back by.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Lrc7815 - Was that a pun? haha. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never heard of ice cream in a bag until now. Thanks for the fun lesson of the day. Happy HOTD to you!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Sunshine - The first I heard of ice cream in a bag was from my daughter's chemistry class of all places. we went ahead and tried it at home; I was doubtful that it would work, but amazingly it does. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Learning in Life profile image

      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      I learned how to do this in kindergarten. It is so much fun!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Learning in Life - What a great kindergarten teacher you had to do an activity/lesson like this!

    • Learning in Life profile image

      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      She was amazing. She only just now retired and I'm 24!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Clearly any teacher that will let her class full of five year-olds make ice cream in a bag must be amazing! I bet every kid in your class remembers that day.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a novel idea! Love the photos showing the recipe steps -- yummy. Congrats on the HOD and thanks for sharing.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I'm glad you liked the recipe-step photos, teaches12345 and thank you.

    • apates profile image

      Rie-Rie 4 years ago from Somewhere in MO.

      Yummy! Tasty treat. I'm loving it!

    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An unique recipe! Your video, instructions and photos are clear and helpful. The scientific details are engaging. I would like to try this easy to make recipe as I am a big fan of ice cream. Belated congrats on the HOTD. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks ishwaryaa22. I'm glad you found the video and photos to be helpful for this recipe. Hopefully you will get the chance to make ice cream in a bag yourself sometime, especially since you like ice cream so much!

    • Vickiw 3 years ago

      This is a fabulous Hub - very well done! I will try it ASAP. I am really ticked off with bought ice cream now - have you noticed they have to call it ice dessert, because it is no longer ice cream? Just look at the labelling. I really don't like all this tinkering around to put extra junk in our food. Lovely pictures too.

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 3 years ago from Illinois

      Vicki - "Ice dessert!" That borders on blasphemy. I just checked my 1/2 the fat Edy's that I just bought, and luckily it says ice cream. I checked the ingredients and it definitely has cream - phew! Thanks for your comment; I'm glad you liked the photos too.

    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      Ktrapp, I wanted to let you know that I used your hub for two of my students' science project. They thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and got compliments from the science fair judges that their ice cream was the best of three other projects that also did homemade ice cream. Your instructions were very easy to understand. Thank you so much!!!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 3 years ago from Illinois

      Wow - Thanks for letting me know that and for thinking to use my Hub to help out. What a great science fair project; I'm glad the judges liked it too. I'm still sort of amazed myself each time I do this, how quickly you can turn cream into ice cream. Thanks again - sounds like a fun class you teach!

    • talfonso profile image

      talfonso 3 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I remember making homemade ice cream in a bag with my chemistry class in high school, believe it or not! I'm the only one who chose to make vanilla as opposed to chocolate or strawberry because it's second to coffee as my favorite flavor. I am on the shake diet not-to-be-named and I bet it would work with the already mixed shake (without ice). It's something to enjoy if I have a hankering for ice cream because it's low calorie, low fat, and sugar-free!

    • portables profile image

      portables 3 years ago

      I tried this with solid CO2 - it worked really fast, but it made fizzy ice cream!

    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      This hub has started a discussion in our house. My husband doesn't believe it will work. I know it will because when I was young we made ice cream out of snow and rock salt.

      The ice cream here in Brazil is really expensive for the good stuff.

      I am looking forward to trying this, my mind is now on over-drive thinking of the different recipes to try.

      Thank you so much. Voted up and Useful.

    • Lionrhod profile image

      Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Brilliant idea! Love this hub.

      Are the strength of the bags a challenge? My first thought was that the ice/salt might puncture the smaller bag.

      I'm going to try this!

    • ktrapp profile image
      Author

      Kristin Trapp 2 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Lionrhod.To answer your question, no I've never had any problems with the plastic bags I use (Zip Loc brand) tearing from the ice or salt.

    • terriskitchen profile image

      Terri Mitchell 20 months ago from Dartmoor

      I never knew you could make ice cream in a bag! Why have I messed about with freezers and churning for so long.

    Click to Rate This Article