With summer FINALLY here, this is such an awesome way to have some great homemade ice cream, and a really fun activity for the kids. It's also an awesome way to get lots of different flavors. When I did this, I had my kids and my friend's kids (two four 4 olds and two 2 year olds all together) do this and they did it just great. It says to shake the bag for 5 minutes, and they didn't do it quite that long but it still turned out. I would recommend duck taping the top of the bag that has the ice cream ingredients in it, then sticking it inside the bag with the ice and salt, then sticking that bag inside a grocery sack and tying the top. It's easier for the kids to shake it (doesn't get their hands as cold) and doesn't make quite the mess.
2 Tab. Sugar
1 cup Half and Half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup salt (the bigger the granules, the better. Kosher and rock salt work best)
Ice Cubes (enough the fill each gallon size bag about 1/2 full
1 pint size ziplock bag
1 gallon size ziplock bag
Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint size ziplock bag and seal tightly (I duct taped mine close). Place the salt and ice inside the gallon size bag, and then place the pint size ice cream bag inside the gallon ice bag and seal tightly. ( I put mine inside a grocery sack as well). Shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Take the smaller bag out and add mix-ins if you want. You can put in cups or eat straight out of the bag.
I made 5 bags of the ice cream and it took this much ice and half and half:
one 7 lb. bag of ice
one 1/2 gallon of half and half
Recipe found at Family Fun, click HERE to see
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