Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
it’s so easy to make a delicious ice cream dessert and have a fun afternoon in the kitchen #cookingwithkids.
What do you do with the kids when they are home from school and bored. There’s summer recess, winter recess or rainy weekends to name a few. Why not make ice cream, any time and any season.
Kids are naturally curious so when they ask how some foods are made it’s a good time to jump in and have fun in the kitchen. Today making homemade vanilla ice cream using the ice and salt method was the premise for making ice cream.
You may have used or heard of an ice cream machine to which you add salt and then churn the mixture with a crank. I have never used this type of ice cream machine but the chemical reaction of the salt and ice is what causes the creamy mixture to freeze.
The basics for making this simple homemade vanilla ice cream recipe without using a machine are:
- #1 Fill a gallon size plastic bag halfway with ice and add salt;
- #2 Place the flavored cream or milk in a smaller plastic bag and seal it;
- #3 Place the smaller bag into the larger bag with the ice and salt;
- #4 Then ‘SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE’ and in a few minutes you have a creamy ice cream.
What could be more fun than making ice cream? With a little supervision, the kids can do most of the work on their own. All you need to do is watch them in case they need assistance and of course engage them in conversation. Before you know it, you’re having a fun afternoon and learning at the same time. It’s a win win! Here is the tried and true, easy to make, Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe.
- 1 cup Half & Half cream or whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 TBLS. sugar
- 1 gallon size freezer bag
- 1 quart size freezer bag
- 3-5 cups ice cubes
- ½ cup coarse salt (Kosher salt is best, but you can use whatever salt you have available)
- In a small bowl or a 2 cup measuring cup add in the cream or milk, vanilla extract and sugar, mix well to blend.
- Pour the milk mixture into a quart size plastic bag and seal tightly. Set aside,
- Add the ice cubes to a gallon size plastic freezer bag, filling the bag half full with ice.
- Sprinkle salt into the bag with the ice.
- Add in the sealed quart size bag into the gallon size bag and seal tightly.
- Then SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE for several minutes until the milk has turned to ice cream. This takes approximately 5 minutes although the time will depend on how much ice/salt and shaking you do.
This was fun day yet there were more questions that needed to be answered. So we couldn’t end our experiment with this one homemade vanilla ice cream recipe.
Just to be sure this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe was a “real” vanilla ice cream we had to have a taste test. However in order to have a taste test we needed at least 2 samples.
So we next made vanilla ice cream using a modern electric ice cream machine. We used the basic recipe that came with the ice cream machine for this test.
Now it was time for a taste test – a ‘real’ test with different ice creams. What could be more fun than adding sprinkles and chocolate syrup and taste away!
We were convinced that the no churn, ice and salt method homemade vanilla ice cream recipe was better tasting than the machine’s churned ice cream. I agreed as it definitely had less ice crystal crunch than the churned ice cream.
Since we still have one more ice cream to taste, I threw caution to the wind and decided it was A.O.K. to eat ice cream for lunch. I just couldn’t resist!
We had a semi-‘healthy’ milkshake with banana, a splash of chocolate syrup and the commercial brand ice cream, which was the only ice cream we had left, it turned out delicious.
Cooking with kids is a learning experience for everyone. Today I was the sous-chef while the kids gave me instructions though there were still lots more questions as we moved along with this process.
This method for making ice cream is great for the kids to do. Just a word of caution, this method can get a little messy – the plastic bags can open or split at the seam sometimes and then, well, take it from me, it’s a bit messy. BUT It’s all worth it!
Another fun day in the kitchen #cookingwithkids.
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