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Ice Cream in a Bag

How to make ice cream using a plastic bag.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 180237 kcal


  • dish towels
  • 2, quart-sized zippered bags
  • gallon-sized zippered bag
  • plastic grocery bag


  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 3/4 C. heavy cream
  • 3/4 C. whole milk
  • 1/4 t. vanilla extract

For Freezing

  • 1 1/4 C. ice cream rock salt
  • 3-4 C. ice


  • To one small zippered bag add cream, milk, sugar and vanilla. Remove as much air as possible and seal.
  • Now place this first bag into the second small zippered bag. This will help prevent any salt water from contaminating the ice cream.
  • Pour the ice cubes and rock salt into the large zippered bag, then add the double-bagged ice cream base into the large bag. Remove the air from the bag and seal.
    Ice and rock salt poured into a zippered bag.
  • Wrap everything in two layers of dish towels and place the completed bundle into the large shopping bag, tying with a rubber band.
    Kids hand wrapping ice cream in a dishtowel.
  • Shake and throw the bag for 15 minutes, or until the ice cream becomes solid.
    Kid's feet kicking around a bag of ice cream.
  • Carefully remove the ice cream bag from the salty water, wiping off any excess salt water. Open the inner bag and serve ice cream.



Calories: 180237kcalCarbohydrates: 7924gProtein: 40gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 5661mgPotassium: 92592mgSugar: 7923gVitamin A: 724IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6954mgIron: 75mg
Keyword dessert, food science, ice cream, STEAM
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