Making Ice Cream

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! 

To begin, put 1/2 cup milk (I used full fat milk), 1/4 tsp. vanilla and 1 Tbsp sugar into a ziplock sandwich bag and seal tightly.

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).

Use your towel to wipe off the outside of the little bag (you don’t want to get salt into your ice cream) and then spoon the contents into a little dish and enjoy!

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?

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7 Responses to Making Ice Cream

  1. I will definitely have to try this when we don’t have anything sweet in the house:) I tried your granola recipe and it turned out great. I have had a couple bowls already and we will be bringing the rest on our plane ride to WI Tues. Nice snack for the little guy and I.

  2. This reminds me of kick the can icecream that we make at girl guide camp… similar to the two baggies but use recycled coffee cans with the plastic lids (I believe duct taped shut) … one can smaller then the other… and kick the can around the field until inside has become icecream.

    Andrea

  3. 3 of my kids have summer birthdays and we often will do this with all the birthday party guests. It’s a fun activity and a yummy treat all in one! Just grab a spoon and dig in!

  4. Homemade icecream is always such a treat! I’d love to try this with my girls over the summer holidays :-) My favourite icecream (for grown ups) that I sometimes make is with prunes and Armagnac…mmmm very delicious

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