How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker

Many mothers cringe  when they hear children say “We’re bored”.  An excellent choice to cure the boredom is ice cream.  If the children get to make the ice cream it keeps the more active and involved and the boredom seems to fly away for awhile.

There are two basic ways for children to make ice cream.  First we will talk about the methods and then move onto the recipes.

~Plastic Bag Method
Supplies
*Ingredients for ice cream (see at end of article)
*Mittens or gloves
*Gallon size zip lock bags
*Pint size zip lock bags
*Rock salt or water softener pellets
*Ice
*Music

1.  Put the ingredients for the ice cream in the pint size bag.  Make sure it is closed securely.

2.  Put a layer of ice on the bottom of the gallon size bag.  Put down a layer of salt and insert the pint bag.

3.  Surround the pint bag with ice, add more salt and secure the gallon bag.

4.  Turn on some upbeat music.

5. Put on mittens or gloves and stand in a circle.

6. Each person shakes and jiggles the bag as long as they can and then passes it on to the next person.  Depending on the number of children there can be several bags all going around the circle at the same time so there will be ice cream for everyone.

7.  Ice cream should be done in about ten minutes of shaking.

~Coffee Can Method
The coffee can method is best completed outdoors.  This way the can will be able to be kicked and rolled.

Supplies
*Ingredients for ice cream (see at end of article)
*One large coffee can and lid
*One small coffee can and lid
*Rock salt or water softener pellets
*Ice
*Duct tape
*Mitten and gloves

1. Put the ingredients in the small can and make sure the lid is secured. Use duct tape to make sure it stays.

2. Lay down a layer of ice on the bottom of the can.

3. Insert the small can.

4. Insert layers of salt and ice around the small can and secure the lid of the large can. Use duct tape as a safety measure.

5.  Put on mittens or gloves and kick, pass, roll the can for about ten minutes and the ice cream will be ready.

Recipes for ice cream

*1 cup half-and-half
*1 tablespoon sugar
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Recipes for ice cream
*1 pint half-and-half
*1/3 cup sugar
*4 tablespoons of flavored instant pudding mix

Recipes for ice cream
*1 pint milk
*1 egg beaten
*1/2 cup sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*1/4 cup chopped strawberries

Don’t be afraid to make recipes that work better for a specific group. Take into account allergies and sensitivity to sugar and see what works best.  What ever kind, the children will be proud to say, they did it themselves.

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Source:

  1. 6 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine | The Kitchn
  2. How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker | Taste of Home