This is a great family activity, and the kids will love it because it involves ice cream. In this edition of the 'Ten Minute Chef', we make homemade ice cream in a bag... and in less than ten minutes.

Lainie Brooks (Waterloo Broadcasting)

We stumbled onto a receipt on how to make homemade ice cream using a zip-lock bag, and we thought we'd give it a try. In the end, we were surprised how easy it was to do, and that it actually tasted pretty darn good. This would be a great activity to do with the kids on a hot summer day or at night by the camp fire.

Give it a try. The ingredients and instructions are below. If you do try it, please post a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

Ice Cream In A Bag Ingredients (Waterloo Broadcasting)


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice cream salt (Kosher will work too)
  • 1 quart-size zip-lock bag
  • 1 gallon-size zip-lock bag
  • Ice cubes
  • You can add any of your favorite ice cream mix-ins & toppings

Serving size is one large serving, or two really, really small, you better make some more servings.


You need to add all of the ice cream ingredients into a quart-pint size zip-lock bag. This includes: 1 cup half and half, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Tightly seal the bag and mix the ingredients.


Grab the gallon-size zip-lock bag and fill it half full of ice. Next add in the ice cream salt. Sprinkle enough to cover the top layer. Shake it up for a few seconds, and finally, add in the pint-size bag of ingredients you made in Step 1 and seal it in the bag of ice.

NOTE: Make sure you get a good seal on both bags, so none of the contents leak out. You can always double bag one or both of the bags to limit the possible mess.


Shake the bag for 5 to 10 minutes. Periodically check the thickness of the ice cream. Keep going until the ice cream begins to harden. We went about 6 minutes, and it worked great for us.


It's time to eat.

STEP 5: Optional

Repeat Steps 1 through 4.

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