Make Ice Cream in a Bag
In this lesson, you will learn how to make your own ice cream—no fancy machine necessary! Using just two bags, some ice cubes, and some salt, you can freeze your own personal batch of ice cream in just a few minutes. The secret is in the salt. Find out how it makes this easy ice cream possible in the February installation of our Kitchen Academy box.
1 cup half and half
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup of rock salt (see Note)
3 to 4 cups ice cubes
Mixing bowl or large mixing cup with a spout
One large (gallon) zipper-top bag
One small sandwich-size (quart) zipper-top bag
Pot holders or gloves
Note: Rock salt works best because its grains are large and spread out more evenly in the ice mixture (plus it’s cheaper than other salt!). You can find it at most grocery or hardware stores. Make sure you use pure rock salt, not a product that contains chemicals (such as ice-melting salt for your sidewalk). If you can’t find rock salt, use kosher salt or another chunky salt.
*For adult helpers: This lesson is designed so your Little Sous can do almost all of the work, but we highly recommend adult supervision (and assistance, for younger cooks) when working with the ice and pouring the liquids into the bag.