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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream- Make Memories and Save Money!

Updated on March 1, 2013
Homemade chocolate chip ice cream!
Homemade chocolate chip ice cream! | Source

Are you worried about the ingredients that are in your food, the cost of groceries or just interested in learning how to make some of your favorite treats on your own? Join me as I talk about making homemade ice cream!

Benefits of homemade ice cream:

  • You know exactly what ingredients are in your special treat.
  • The lowest cost for ice cream is $2 and can get as high as $6 depending on the brand you choose. You will be able to make your own ice cream for under $2!
  • If you have kids, making homemade ice cream is a mini science experiment.
  • It's just plain fun!

Ice Cream in a Bag!

My son and I were first introduced to this delicious treat one summer at a camp. The children and I had so much fun making these!

You will need:

  • 1 small ziploc
  • 1 large ziploc
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  1. Prepare the large ziploc bag by adding in the 3 cups ice and the salt.
  2. In the small ziploc bag add the mik, sugar and vanilla. Seal the bag and make sure it is completely closed.
  3. Put the small bag inside of the large bag with ice and seal the bag. Again, make sure the bag is completely closed.
  4. Now for the fun part! Shake the bag for 5-10 minutes. The kids enjoyed tossing the bag and dancing with the bag.
  5. Once you have achieved the desired consistency, scoop the ice cream into a bowl and add any desired toppings.
  6. ENJOY!

Ice Cream in a Ball!

My son received the red ice cream ball pictured, as a gift for his last birthday. Again, the kids had a blast making the ice cream. You add the ingredients and roll the ball around while everything mixes making the ice cream. As the ad on Amazon suggests, this ball is great to take on camping trips, picnics and barbecues.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ice cream maker
  • rock salt
  • 1 quart of cream or Half & Half
  • 3/4 cup sugar

According to the directions that came with the ice cream maker:

  1. Remove the lid from the ice end and fill with as much ice as possible, then add 1 cup of rock salt. Close the lid securely.
  2. Mix the other ingredients in a container. Remove the lid from the other end and pour in the mix. Again, close the lid securely.
  3. Shake, roll and pass the ball around as you mix and freeze the ingredients!
  4. After about 15-20 minutes, open the ball and check for desired consistency.
  5. Scoop out the ice cream and add desired toppings (we added chocolate chips into our mix.)
  6. Enjoy!!

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    • SavannahEve profile image


      5 years ago from California

      Now I'm hungry! This I will be trying. Most likely this weekend! Thanks!

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      Dusti Pitman 

      5 years ago from Washington

      This sounds like a wonderful time. The kids are all grown but Hubby and I might enjoy the entertainment. Thanks.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Mary615, hope you enjoy the ice cream! Thanks for reading!! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I've never heard of making ice cream using this method, but it seems like a great idea! My family loves ice cream. We usually make it in an electric ice cream maker, but I'm going to try this method.

      Voted UP.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading and sharing, beingwell!!! :)

    • beingwell profile image


      5 years ago from Bangkok

      Shared, steph! Thanks for the tips in making ice cream. The best cold treat I did when I was a kid was making ice candy. Your ice cream making definitely beats that!

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      MakerBaker, I totally agree!! :)

    • MakerBaker profile image


      5 years ago from Providence, Ri

      Ice cream tastes amazing when it is home made and it is more healthy than store brought.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you Audrey, all is well here! I love that your family used to make ice cream together! :)

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      This is one of those days that I would love ice cream! This puts me in mind of so many family get togethers! Hope all is well in your world

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      DIYmommy, Congrats on the new baby! :)

    • DIYmommy profile image


      5 years ago

      While my 3 month newborn isn't quite old enough to eat ice cream, this looks like something I will have to try doing with him when he gets a little older. This looks fun to make and fun to eat. :)

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Nicole!! Have fun and enjoy the treat! :)

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      Nicole A. Winter 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is fantastic, can't wait to try it with my daughter! Thanks so much for publishing this, Stephanieb27!

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Careermommy, I am not sure how it tastes with the sweet cream. If you try it, let me know! :)

      Mhatter99, yes, it works too! I think that's the coolest part. I remember the kids wondering how in the world were they going to make ice cream by shaking ingredients in a ziploc bag. Then, 10 minutes later, we have ice cream! :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      A ziploc bag? How interesting. Thank you.

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, this ice cream in a bag is amazing stephanieb27. Thanks for adding in the video so I can actually see it in action. In the video I noticed that they used sweet cream and I'm wondering if it has a similar taste with or without using it. I remember making ice cream as a kid being a long ordeal, but this is such an easy and fun recipe that I will definitely make this with my boys. Thank you!

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      ExpectGreatThings, I hope you and the kids enjoy making and eating the ice cream! :)

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      5 years ago from Illinois

      Fun! My kids will love this! I have always loved homemade ice cream, but we don't have an ice cream maker (and I wouldn't have room to store one even if we did have one). Thanks for sharing the ziploc option. I had never heard of that.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Mommymay, the kids love it! Let me know how it turns out with the soy milk! :)

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      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Totally going to do this! Thank you for the recipe! I will need to make ours with soy milk so I am hoping that it works the same way..1 kiddo can't have lactose :( Sounds like a fun Saturday project!


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