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5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

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5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk

When we were kids, ice cream was ice cream. It was all good. It didn’t matter if it came out of a giant plastic tub, a cardboard block or a paper cup with a tiny wooden spoon that tasted like a tongue depressor.

Sadly, as adults we know better. We realize that kids’ ice cream is the dessert equivalent of cheez food, and we’ve convinced ourselves that good ice cream should cost as much as fine wine. Well, fear not, you young at heart and discriminating of palette! It’s a cinch to  make your own ice cream, even without a fancy machine or old-fashioned churn. The recipes here are not only cheaper than store-bought ice creams named after portly rock stars, they also taste better (than the ice cream, not the rock stars). After all, it’s sugar and milk fat. How could it not taste good?

1. Bag-Toss Magic Ice Cream

This is a classic kid-science experiment, and you can make it anywhere you can tote a bagful of ice.

Thoroughly mix 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/3 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla or other type of flavoring (you can also add bits of crumbled chocolate or other goodies to ramp up the flavor explosion). Pour the mixture into a medium-size zipper-type plastic bag. Seal the bag, releasing all excess air in the process (air disrupts the freezing process). If desired, you can double-bag the mixture.

Fill a freezer-size zipper-type bag with 2-1/2 pounds of ice and 1-1/2 pounds of salt. Place bag with the ice cream mixture inside the ice bag, and zip up the ice bag carefully. Throw the ice bag back and forth, up and down, behind your back…whatever it takes to keep it all mixing. In 15 minutes or so, you’ve got yourself a bag o’ ice cream.

2. Land of Milk Fat and Honey

Thanks to the blog for this quick and easy recipe.

Combine 1-1/2 cups heavy cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a freezer-safe bowl, and whip with a hand mixer to form stiff peaks. Warm 1/2 cup real honey on low heat until it’s thin and runny. Add 1 cup cream to the honey and thoroughly blend with a whisk. If desired, you can also add bits of vanilla bean. Pour the honey mixture into the whipped cream and whisk to blend. Freeze the mixture in the bowl for about six hours.

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11:58PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

This info you provided in the blog that was really unique I love it!!! shave ice flower cups

1:56AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:53AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012


3:37PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

wow - ty

12:35PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:55AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Years ago, I had some old metal coffee cans with lids. I put the ice cream mixture in small cans and taped the lids down tightly. Then I put each small can into a larger can, added ice and salt, secured THOSE lids and let the kids kick their cans around the yard. We even had races! They used up excess energy and had a yummy treat at the end. Just be sure to tape the lids down securely.

7:24AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012


11:29AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

The bag of ice cream one sounds like it would be fun to make

2:05PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

wow never knew that! very informative

10:19PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011


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