Homemade Ice Cream - Made in a Ziploc Baggy!

This Homemade Ice Cream in a Ziploc Baggy (or a can)  recipe is great to keep on hand for when you want a fun project to do with kids, or you get a craving for homemade ice cream but don't want to lug out a big ice cream maker, or you only have the kind that you need to buy a large bag of ice to use. 

Homemade Ice Cream in a Ziploc Plastic Baggy or Coffee Cans
This is enough for 1 person - double or triple as needed

1 c heavy cream
1/2 c whole milk, Almond milk or half and half
2-3 T sugar substitute or real sugar
1 t vanilla extract or a vanilla flavored syrup
Rock Salt 
2 gallon sized resealable baggies (or 2 metal coffee cans - one small enough to fit inside the other)

In a large gallon sized baggy or the smaller coffee can if you are using;  pour in the cream, milk or half and half and the sweetener and flavoring or chocolate syrups of your choice.  Now taste it.  Add more extract, sugar or sugar substitute at this point, or if it's too much for your taste, add another half cup of heavy cream. I like vanilla and I feel the flavor mellows a bit upon freezing so I make it nice and strong with both vanilla extract and sugar free vanilla syrup.  When you are happy with the flavor, seal the baggy or coffee can. 

Place it inside a  second gallon sized baggy or large coffee can.  Now fill the outside container with ice, layered with rock salt and more ice.  Seal tightly.  Now shake, roll, jiggle and move the container without breaking the seal and spilling salty ice water everywhere of course!  In about 7 - 10 minutes your ice cream will be ready.  Remove the inside baggy or can and rinse under cold, clean water to remove all the salt (or you'll end up with salty ice cream).  I like to clip the corner of the baggy with scissors and squeeze it into serving dishes like soft serve.

My latest tweak:  Instead of vanilla, use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract flavoring.  After freezing, stir in bits of fresh cherries and a sprinkle of chopped pecans or walnuts for an incredible Cherry Nut Ice Cream!

The first bag holds the ice cream mixture.  The second is the rock salt and ice

Ice and salt - a freezing combination

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