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You can make Homemade Ice Cream in just 5 minutes with no ice cream maker at all! This is a great summer activity for kids and a super yummy easy treat the whole family will love. 

Homemade Ice Cream in a glass dish with chocolate sauce, caramel and colorful sprinkles

Making Homemade Ice Cream is a fun activity that I grew up doing. I’ve made it both like this recipe, in a bag, as well as by rolling it in a can. The same principle applies to both and it ends up being a fun activity for kids to get in the kitchen and make a delicious treat.

What does salt do to ice? What is the science behind how this works?

Salt lowers the freezing point of ice. When you add salt to a piece of ice, you end up with ice that is above its freezing point. The ice will immediately start to melt and release its energy, lowering the overall temperature of the ice solution from 32 degrees F, to quite a few degrees lower. The dairy in ice cream requires a freezing point of under 32 degrees F. Adding salt to your ice will provide a lower temperature, and transfer all of that energy over to your ice cream solution. So as your ice melts, your ice cream will freeze.

What kind of salt should I use? What is ice cream salt??

Ice cream salt is a large crystal salt. The only difference between ice cream salt and table salt is the size of the crystal. Both can be used to make ice cream, but the larger crystal size will give a more consistent melt of the ice so it is generally preferred.

Homemade Ice Cream in a bowl with chocolate sauce and colorful sprinkles with a spoon

How to Make Ice Cream In A Can

The same principle used to make ice cream in a bag can be applied to making ice cream in a can. You will need two cans, one that is larger, and one that is small enough to fit inside the larger can and be surrounded by ice. #10 food storage cans, or coffee cans work well for this. Simply place your ice cream liquid into the center can. Make sure it has a tight seal and will not leak. Surround the center can with your ice and salt. Place the lid on that one and simply shake the can for 5 minutes, or roll back and forth until the ice cream is frozen.

Can I make ice cream in a bag in other flavors besides vanilla?

Yes! You can use any ice cream recipe and use this same method to freeze it. Some ice cream flavor recipes may require more prep work so keep that in mind as many other flavors will take more than 5 minutes to make. Any ice cream base that requires heating or cooking on the stove will need to be cooled completely in order to freeze it using the ice bag or rolling can methods. You can easily make chocolate, strawberry, or mint chocolate chip.

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You can make Homemade Ice Cream in just 5 minutes with no ice cream maker at all! This is a great summer activity for kids and a super yummy easy treat the whole family will love.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 gallon sized resealable plastic bags
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup salt
Instructions
  • Pour cream, half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract into a gallon sized resealable plastic bag. Seal well. Squish it around to combine until sugar is dissolved.
  • Place ice cubes and salt into another gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
  • Place the bag with the ice cream mixture into the bag with the ice. Seal the larger bag.
  • Shake until mixture freezes, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 123mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 102mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Ice Cream

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Bob

4 stars
This ice-cream was delicious, but I had to shake it for 20 minutes and I had to add extra ice for it to work.

I really like this fast made recipe! Thanks a lot!

5 stars
AWESOME

Tiffany Urban

RACHEL!!! This is amazing. How have I not seen this before? I can’t wait to take this recipe camping!!

5 stars
I made this ice cream and we fell in love . It’s so easy to make and delicious too .it is a favorite go to meal. I will definitely be making it my go to recipe for ice cream. 5+ stars.

5 stars
looked super good tried it and it was amazing.
i recommend this for everyone. my 9 year old daughter loves to bake so she tried to and it worked out great.

can i use 2 cups of heavy cream instead of half and half.

Once this is made, can it be stored in the freezer until ready to eat?

deanna sinopoli

Rachel do you think this would be OK with using just half and half. Also for the lady whose ice cream came out tasting like salt, after reading the recipe I could see how she would think the half a cup of salt went into the ice cream mixture instead of with the ice. Just a thought but it could happen.

Steve Berg

This is one of the best ice cream recipes ever! It is a little too salty though.??

1 star
Where did I go wrong?! After I made mine it tasted like salt and was like liquid after 10 minutes (since it didn’t work) and there was no leak! Now I don’t have anything to make more.

Kris

5 stars
Hi Rachel, I can’t wait to try this. What ingredients do you need to change the ice cream to chocolate,strawberry and mint chocolate chip?I

Patty

Can I put in the freezer instead of shaking it in a bag?

MaryKay Plesha

5 stars
Can’t wait to make this with my great- granddaughters when they come for their next visit!

Sylvia

Thank you I will try it for my grandkids

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