Saturday, August 18, 2007

How to make ice cream - A standard recipe

This is the basic premise of how to make ice cream. This recipe is the basis for a huge number of ice cream recipes online. Not only that but it's a great way to waste a half hour!


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup milk, cream, or half and half
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt (available at any supermarket)*
  • Enough ice to fill the gallon-sized bag halfway
  • 1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • 1 pint-sized Ziploc bag

1. Big bag. Take your big bag (1 gallon) and fill it half way with ice and add in the salt. Shake it up a bit so the salt mixes through.

2. Little bag. Find a bowl and pour in the milk or cream or milk-cream mix, and your vanilla extract, mix together then carefully pour this into your small bag (1 pint).

3. Bag 'em n tag 'em. Make sure the small bag is sealed then place it inside the big bag, surrounding it in ice.

4. Shake like mad! Now the fun part, shake the big bag vigorously for five minutes. This is where having kids comes in handy!

Congratulations you've just learned how to make ice cream!

Using cans/tins instead of bags makes it easier to shake, finding a big enough tin can be difficult though.
Milk will wield a thinner, lower calorie ice cream whereas thicker creams will produce a rich smoother ice cream.
You can replace vanilla extract with virtually any flavor you like. Honey, chocolate chips, nuts, mint, even peanut butter! Go crazy and invent your own ice cream flavors!

*If you positively cannot find rock salt then table salt will also work. The bigger the salt crystals the better.

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