Every year the students in my class have one month where the get to choose, as a class, what they would like to learn about. I am always amazed by the wide range of topics they come up with (my Grade 1/2’s had World War 2, Crystals and Gems, God, and Circus Performing among some of the final contenders….) and I always enjoy the process of learning something new together.
After much debate my current students finally decided that they wanted to learn about the ice age so we have spent most of May and the beginning of June learning about saber-tooth tigers, wooly mammoths, glaciers, cave paintings and primitive hunting techniques. My students have begged to watch the movie “Ice Age” as a way to celebrate all that we have learned but as our school has a no movie policy I had to come up with something that seemed equally as celebratory.
So I decided we should make our own ice cream
I have never made my own ice cream before.
Google came to my rescue again and I found directions for making ice cream using two baggies and some ice. It seemed simple but I have learned from hard experience that I need to try everything myself before attempting it with my students. So it was that I was making ice cream in my kitchen early Sunday morning. And then I got to eat ice cream on an early Sunday morning (teaching does have its job perks!)
This is super easy to do, and really fun!
Then fill a large ziplock bag about half-full of ice and add 6 Tbsp of salt (I used coarse pickling salt – a lot of internet sites said to use rock salt but I couldn’t find any and the coarse salt worked great!) Nest your little bag of milk into the ice and salt mixture and seal the big bag.
Now set your timer for 5 minutes and massage your bag, moving the ice over and around your bag of milk. I found it easiest to wrap the bag in a tea towel so that my hands didn’t get so cold and then I just massaged away! After five minutes are up, open your bag. The little bag of milk should be cold and solid. (If it’s not – a bit more massaging in the ice should do the trick).
It’s not quite what you would get from an ice cream parlour but it’s cold and delicious and you made it yourself – what could be better than that?