Believe it or not, there are actually ways to make ice cream at home without having an ice cream machine. One of those ways is by taking a quart sized plastic bag that snaps closed, filling it with your chilled ice cream mixture, and placing that bag in a gallon sized bag filled with ice and kosher salt. Intimidated? Don’t be. Here are step by step instructions, starting out with a simple recipe for vanilla ice cream.
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 2 cups half-and-half
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 2/3 cup sugar
– dash sea salt
Combine the ingredients with a hand mixer, blender, or food processor until the sugar dissolves completely. Then put the mixture into the refrigerator to chill. For best results, let it chill overnight.
While your ice cream base is chilling, you can get the bags ready for making the ice cream. To make it easier, you can crush up the ice cubes, but remember you’ll need enough to fill most of the gallon sized bag. To the ice, add 1/2 cup of Kosher salt. When you’re ready, fill the smaller quart sized bag with 2 cups of your ice cream base and seal the bag. Make sure the ice completely covers the smaller bag, then seal the gallon bag. To avoid any leaks, you can put the larger bag into some plastic shopping bags. Now, shake for 10 minutes. Your kids can even help you shake! After 10 minutes of shaking and rotating, check on the mixture. It should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. If it’s not, close the bag and shake it up some more. Once it’s the right consistency, scoop out the ice cream and either serve it as is, or put it in the freezer to harden. You can change the flavors of the base ice cream to create your own line of homemade ice cream flavors.
Your home just became the next stop on the ice cream crawl! It’s a great alternative to going out, especially if it’s raining, or if the temperature is just too hot to handle.