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DIY Ice Cream

DIY - Ice Cream! 06/24/16Lots of us enjoy jumping on the “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) bandwagon every once in a while.   We are already well into July, which is known as “National Ice Cream Month,” so this is a great time to take a look at DIY ice cream.

Making DIY (homemade) ice cream is fun and easy.  It can also be a social activity. Using an electric ice cream maker or an old-fashioned crank-type ice cream maker are two ways to get the job done.  However, there’s another way.  Let’s call it, “Ice Cream in a Bag.”  It is an activity that be enjoyed by people of all ages at picnics.  It makes a great inter-generational activity at family reunions, and can be a nice alternative to s’mores when you have a campfire.  When I worked as the Director of Activities at a nursing home, the residents enjoyed making DIY Ice Cream in a Bag, too, though some wore clean cloth gloves to keep their hands from getting too cold!

The recipe is sometimes called "Squeeze Freeze Homemade Ice Cream."  (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes/dairy/squeeze-freeze-homemade-ice-cream)

Here's how to make a single serving.  Start with a clean, empty pint-size reseal-able plastic freezer bag.  Pour these ingredients into the bag: 

  • ½ cup of whole milk (or ¼ cup milk plus ¼ cup of half and half),
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar, and
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Squeeze the air out of the pint-sized bag, seal it shut, and massage it to mix the ingredients together.  Then put the sealed pint-sized bag into a quart-size reseal-able plastic freezer bag that has about 1 cup of crushed ice and ¼ cup rock salt (or canning salt) in it.

Now massage, knead, and squish the small bag around inside the bigger bag.  In less than ten minutes, you will have DIY homemade soft-serve ice cream!  To avoid salty ice cream, be sure to wipe off the outside of the small bag before you open it.

To make a larger quantity and add some physical activity to the experience, quadruple the ingredients and put them inside a clean, empty small coffee can, and secure the lid with duct tape.  Then put the small can inside a larger coffee can with about 4 cups of crushed ice and 1 cup of rock salt or canning salt.  Secure the lid with duct tape, and then kick, roll, or toss the can around the group for about 10 minutes.

Making ice cream together is a great way to make memories together.  Enjoy your family and your time together with them!

You can find more great recipes from NDSU Extension online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes

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