What’s better than some homemade ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem!

Here’s a fun recipe to make it at home! You can make as big or small of servings as you would like. And everyone gets to participate in making their own!


  • 1 Cup half and half, whole milk, or heavy whipping cream

  • 1.5 Teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

  • Ice

  • 1/4 Cup salt

  • Ziplock bags: 1 small and 1 large


  • Pour 1 cup half & half, whole milk or whipping cream (whichever you prefer or have on hand) into the small ziplock bag.

  • Add 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the bag.

  • Seal the bag firmly and get any excess air out.

  • In the larger ziploc bag, fill it about 1/2 way with ice. Add 1/4 cup of salt.

  • Then add your small bag and fill with extra ice on top. Seal the large bag.

  • Get gloves for shaking and shake for 6 minutes. *Gloves are needed since the salt makes the ice extra cold.

  • Take the small bag out of the large bag and rinse the outside of the small bag with cold water. Make sure to rinse out the top part of the bag also (above the seal).

  • Once done rinsing, carefully open the small bag to not get any remaining salt from the outside of the bag inside the bag.

  • The ice cream will be a little icy looking to start. Use a spoon to mix it around and soften it up a bit. Scoop out and enjoy!