Make your own ice cream at home

Ice cream in a bag
This simple method for making ice cream does not require any complicated ice cream machine or even the help of a freezer.

Cookies and cream ice cream
Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 oreo cookies crushed
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 small plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
  • 1 bigger plastic food storage bag
  • Ice cubes

Directions to make it:

  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
  4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the Oreo crumbs and continue shaking for another minute or till it’s mixed together.
  6. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully.
  7. Enjoy your yummy homemade ice cream!

Freeze & Stir method

Another super simple method to make ice cream is the freeze and stir. This particular way takes a longer time to make and also the extra step of cooking the mixture but produces a creamier ice cream consistency then the ice cream in a bag.

Chocolate – peanut butter ice cream
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

 Directions:

  1. Whisk together milk, cocoa powder, salt and sugar in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently until it comes to a full boil (when the mixture starts foaming up)
  3. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until fully mixed
  4. Chill the mixture thoroughly before transferring it into a deep freezer-safe bowl or container
  5.  Place in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  6. As it starts to freeze near the edges, remove from the freezer and stir vigorously with a fork or whisk, being sure to break up any frozen sections.
  7. Return it to the freezer.
  8. Continue to check every 30 minutes, stirring vigorously as it’s freezing.
  9.  Do this for the next 2-3 hours or till the ice cream is sufficiently frozen.
  10. Enjoy the yummy treat with the kids!
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