Homemade Ice Cream – It Really Works!

Eating our Home Made Ice Cream

Did you know you can make tasty homemade ice cream using plastic ziploc bags, soy milk, sugar, salt and ice?  Whether you are digging yourself out from “Snowpocalypse” or trying to beat the summer heat, you have to try this improbably easy and delicious recipe.   I saw a similar recipe in Highlights magazine a few months back and having been waiting for a chance to give it a try.  It was really fun to make and even more fun to eat!  Here are the basic instructions:

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup flavored soy milk (we used chocolate and vanilla)

    Ingredients for Home Made Ice Cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Ziploc bags in 2 sizes (we used sandwich size and quart size)
  • Ice cubes (approx 2 cups)
  • 5-6 tablespoons salt


  1. Pour the soy milk and sugar into the smaller bag.  Squeeze out the air and zip it shut
  2. Fill the larger bag about 1/4 – 1/3 full of ice
  3. Sprinkle the salt over the ice in the bag
  4. Put the small bag of soy milk into the larger bag
  5. Add ice on top of the bag of soy milk (leave about 1/4 of the bag empty)
  6. Zip the large bag shut
  7. SHAKE the bag for about 5-10 minutes until soy milk is the consistency of soft serve ice cream
  8. Carefully remove the small bag and wipe off any water or salt on the outside of the bag (so that you don’t have salty ice cream)
  9. Put into a bowl and eat!

Here is an action shot of the kids shaking their ice cream.  To make the shaking part more fun, we put on some Irish music on Pandora and danced a little jig while shaking it up.

Dancing a Jig While Making Ice Cream

Science Question – Why do you need salt to make ice cream?  According to WikiAnswers ,”Ice water is only 32 degrees F, and ice cream needs to be much colder to properly freeze. The salt lowers the freezing point of the water. The super cold water is what will actually freeze the ice cream. You can actually get the temp of the liquid water down to about 10 degrees F.”

We Love Ice Cream!

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