Rating: 4.73 stars
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Homemade ice cream without the ice cream freezer. Great for dorm rooms! Delicious way to use your fresh seasonal fruit.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the half and half, sugar, vanilla, and strawberries in a quart size resealable plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag, seal, and shake bag to combine contents. Place the bag into a gallon sized zip top bag. Add the ice to the gallon bag, press the air out, and seal bag.

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  • Wrap bags in a hand towel. Shake continuously, until the contents of the small bag thickens into soft-serve ice cream, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Rinse the small bag quickly under cold water to wash off salt. Lay the ice cream filled baggie on a flat surface. Use a wooden spoon handle to push the ice cream down to the bottom corner of the baggie. Snip off the corner, and squeeze ice cream into a bowl.

Cook's Note

Try other mix-ins too...I like Torani(R) Irish Cream syrup and crushed Oreo(R) cookies.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt used in the freezing process. The salt is not consumed.

Nutrition Facts

436 calories; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 38.9g; fat 27.9g; cholesterol 89.5mg; sodium 22872.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2010
Step one should mention that you put the salt in with the ice... it took me a few minutes to figure it out (I'm trying to learn to cook, so not obvious to me) also had to google kosher salt versus iodized... iodized worked just fine. This was super yummy.... my husband thought I was a little goofy when he saw me shaking plastic bags around, but loved it once I was done :) Read More
(26)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2010
Step one should mention that you put the salt in with the ice... it took me a few minutes to figure it out (I'm trying to learn to cook, so not obvious to me) also had to google kosher salt versus iodized... iodized worked just fine. This was super yummy.... my husband thought I was a little goofy when he saw me shaking plastic bags around, but loved it once I was done :) Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2012
Another great way to get the kids involved is to use two metal coffee cans one small with the ice cream bag in it and one large with the salt and ice. Place the small can in the large can (make sure the lids on tight) and roll them on the floor back and forth. Not only is it easy for little ones to help; its not so cold on the hands. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2009
My kids used a recipe very similar to this in Pre-School. It was a great project for them everyone had tons of fun. Surprisingly it works! Their arms got a little tired from all the shaking but moms were on hand to help. You have to eat it fast it melts quickly. Maybe if you put it in the freezer after but then who wants to wait! Read More
(11)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2011
I promised my 4 year old a vanilla ice cream cone but the local ice cream stand was closed! So in less than 15 minutes I whipped this up and I had one thrilled 4 year old. I only had whole milk on hand so I used that was low on vanilla extract so I added a tablespoon of instant vanilla pudding mix and I left out the strawberries. I'm sure the texture was changed a bit by using whole milk instead of half and half but it was still delicious! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2010
This recipe was so fun to make with my 4 year old niece! the ice cream wasn't bad either! it was however very hard to squeeze the ice cream out of the bag without hurting my hands too much because it was SO cold! that was the only downside to this recipe. Also after shaking for 5 minutes i put the ice cream in the freezer for about an hour or so and the ice cream still melted very fast but tasted amazing! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2010
This was so fun and kid friendly. And best of all it was delicious! This will become a tradition at our house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2012
My daughter had a blast making these! She did get tired quickly though so I took advantage to workout my triceps and biceps lol. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2020
I've made this for over 45 years as a girl scout and then as a leader. Great for camping on hot summer nights. We would do chocolate,vanilla and caramel using Hershey's syrup. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2017
Loved it!! Added extra sugar and strawberries to second batch I made and turned out even better if possible Read More