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Homemade Summer ice cream {Craft Camp}

Posted by  ·  June 9, 2012  ·  Last Updated: June 9, 2012

I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit!


Hi everybody… I’m Ruthie from What’s Cooking with Ruthie where I love to talk about cooking, gardening, and little bit of everyday life! (oh yah…. AND an occasional DIY project too!) This is my first time being a part of Craft Camp! I’m super excited to be involved! Many thanks to Skip to my Lou for hosting such a fun event!!


As summer’s just beginning, I thought it’d be fun to share with you a kitchen food project for kids… Ice Cream!! AND who doesn’t love Ice Cream 🙂

Baggie Homemade Ice Cream

Baggie Homemade Ice Cream!

This recipe is perfect for a summer’s day when the kiddos need a fun little project AND a bonus… they get to eat this one when their all finished!! I borrowed my good friend Holly’s darling little girls to help me out in the kitchen…

My darling kitchen helpers

My darling kitchen helpers

Baggie Homemade Ice Cream

1/2 C whole milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp sugar or agave

4 C crushed ice

4 Tbsp salt (table salt)

2 quart size zip-loc freezer bags

1 gallon size zip-loc freezer bag

a hand towel to keep fingers from freezing!

Mix the milk, vanilla, and sugar together in one of the quart size bags. Seal tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible. Place this bag inside the second quart size bag, again leaving as little air as possible. By double bagging the risk of salt and ice leaking into the ice cream is minimal. Put the quart size mixture bags inside the gallon size bag, add ice, and then sprinkle salt on top of ice. Let all the air out and seal the bag. Wrap in a hand towel, shake and massage the bag for 7-8 minutes. The mixture will turn into ice cream, open and serve!


Here’s a picture of my kitchen helpers holding their baggies open for the ingredients…

Kitchen helpers holding their baggies open for the ingredients!

Kitchen helpers holding their baggies open for the ingredients!

In this picture their baggies are all put together and they’re ready to start-a-shakin’ !!

Ready to start-a-shakin' !

Ready to start-a-shakin’ !

AND Wha-la! Their Ice Cream’s all done!

Ice Cream's done and their ready to eat this kitchen project!!

Ice Cream’s done and their ready to eat this kitchen project!!

Time to dig in…

Diggin' in!

Diggin’ in!

Good times with their Ice Cream!

Good times with their Ice Cream!

The science behind the salt? Just like we use salt on icy roads in the winter, salt mixed with ice causes the ice to melt. When salt come into contact with ice, the freezing point of ice is lowered. Water normally freezes at 32 degrees F. A 10% salt solution it freezes at 20 degrees F and a 20 % solution it freezes at 2 degrees F. By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, we’re able to create an environment in which the milk mixture can freeze at a temperature below 32 degrees F and it turns into ice cream!

Delicious and Fun!!

Delicious and Fun!!

I hope you have a super fun time in the kitchen with the kiddos making this Baggie Homemade Ice Cream !! We had a blast and a big thanks to my little kitchen helpers!!

You may also be interested in these other kid friendly recipes…

Kid friendly pizza

Kid friendly pizza

French Bread Pizza… done right!

Abbie's Stir Fry

Abbie’s Stir Fry

Abbie’s Stir Fry

Jake's Krispy Treats

Jake’s Krispy Treats

Fastest, Easiest Krispy Treats in the West!

Happy Cooking!


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  3. Laura
    Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
    Did this with my kiddos today, and it was a huge hit! I had to use more salt & ice, & mix for 10-12 minutes, I think because it's so stinkin' hot right now. But well worth it - I'm refreezing the ice mixture so we can hopefully reuse it for our next batch. ;-)
  4. Mary Pat Fisk
    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
    Debra, if you don't have zip-lock bags, you can do this with a small jar or can placed inside a larger one. Ice cream mix goes into the inner can, ice and salt goes in the outer one. Seal it up and kids roll back and forth across the floor to each other until the ice cream is done!
  5. Debra Kapellakis
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
    PS Your kitchen helpers are perfectly adorable! :)
  6. Debra Kapellakis
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
    I don't have zip-loc bags here, BUMMER! (Santorini, Greece)
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    Pardon the trouble Ashley... I recently moved from Blogspot to iPage. Because iPage does not want their domains to be blocked for distribution of malicious software, they checked it out thoroughly! They told me because my domain name was still mapped to www.whatscookingwithruthie.blogspot.com which was redirecting to my new iPage wordpress hosted blog the problem was that some browsers have had trouble with redirecting from blogspot... they were recognizing the blogspot IP server address and warning you. If you try again it will point you directly to my new iPage hosted site and the notice should disappear. I've been assured by iPage who went through my site code and it's totally safe :) Sorry for the scare! I'd LOVE to have you follow me...

  8. Saturday, June 9th, 2012
    Thanks for sharing. I have been wanting to make this with the kids,and I think I will today. I tried to visit Ruthie's site, but my computer blocked it because it said something malicious was trying to attack my computer, so I couldn't visit. I would love to follow her though.