18 July 2009

More Saturday fun: how cool is this?

Check this out, This recipe and idea is from the website Kaboose. The crazy kids at the Consumerist swear that it works. Anybody game for a stab at this?

Plastic Bag Ice Cream

What you'll need:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes

How to make it:
Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don't increase the proportions more that that -- a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Other users report that it's an easy way to make sorbets as well, just use fruit juice in lieu of the half and half.


  1. Shall pass this along to my daughter. It may keep her younger house guests occupied for five minutes or so. :)
    Thanks Paul. -Brenda-

  2. I've been whining about not being able to find licorice gelato in the US for ages and I think this plastic bag ice cream idea just stole my thunder and my excuse.

  3. I'm going to try this. Ummmm... what's rock salt and where do you buy it?!

    I wonder if icing sugar would give a smoother texture than regular sugar.


  4. Rock salt's just unrefined salt. It's the stuff you use to melt ice in the winter. I'm planning to try this one myself this weekend. I have been aching for licorice gelato lately and it's a flavor unknown outside of Italy. I'll have to make it myself.

  5. OH MY GOD!!! This is insane!! It really works!! I just made a batch of vanilla ice cream in a Ziploc bag!! I used 2% milk and icing sugar. It could use a bit more flavour, but it came out pretty good :-)

    I used regular table salt and crushed ice. It really did take about 5 minutes. I wore oven mitts to keep my hands from freezing.

    Paul, you have to try making your licorice gelato :-)

    I should post my 5 minute chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipe. It would be great with a scoop of 5 minute ice-cream-in-a-Ziploc-bag :-)



  6. Hurray! A real testimonial. I'm making licorice gelato this weekend. I bought some licorice extract in Italy and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it for something.


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