How To Make Ice Cream In a Bag

When Leigh and I were discussing doing a Summer Camp theme I told her I wanted to make ice cream in the ground. I knew I had heard of this and was going to try it. I looked it up online and could not find it anywhere! That’s when I remembered…it wasn’t ICE CREAM in the ground…it was jell-o in the ground. Jell-o, ice cream—whatever! (I still can’t find the jell-o in the ground recipe, but I KNOW my mom did it at camp one year!)

However, I know of another fun way to make ice cream. Not in the ground. Not with an ice cream maker. Just a few basic ingredients:

homemade icecream

4 quart sized plastic zip bags
4 gallon sized plastic zip bags
2 cups half & half
2 cups heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups salt (rock salt is suggested but if you use regular salt, just use a little less)
1/2 c sugar
gloves (for your sensitive kiddos!)


1. Whisk sugar, cream, half & half and vanilla together.

ice cream in a bag

2. Pour 1 cup of liquid into each quart sized bag.

ice cream in a bag

3. Put sealed quart sized bag inside gallon bag. Add ice–enough to fill gallon bag about halfway. Add salt.

ziploc bag icecream

4. Shake the bags for about 5-10 minutes. Asa was our muscle man and did 2 at a time. Lydia used gloves to keep her hands warm!

make your own icecream

5. Grab a spoon and eat out of the bag!

homemade icecream

This was so fun! I love making food in unconventional ways. This would be so fun to make on a hot day…bring the bags outside, shake ’em up and eat it all on the porch!

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  1. What do you with the salt? It doesn’t say in your recipe here.

  2. Melissa says:

    Or the sugar. I want to try this with my kids. LOVE IT!!

  3. Cool. I bet you could even add some flavors to it, like some chocolate syrup.

  4. OOPS! The salt goes in with the ice. The sugar goes in with the regular food ingredients. 🙂
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  5. I’m definitely going to try this one day this week!

    So fun!
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  6. Cool, I did not thinking about it, but I’ll certainly try.

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