Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to make homemade ice cream in a baggie.

This is just as cool as my homemade butter in a canning jar. Oh how I wish I could take credit for coming up with this one, but I can't. I saw it in Disney Family Fun Magazine the other day and thought it was such a great idea. I whipped up a few batches in no time and soon we were eating homemade ice cream from a baggie. I'm pretty sure this is not a new concept and has been done for years, but its new to me.



Here is what you will need to make homemade ice cream in a baggie:

2 TBL sugar
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt(I used canning salt)
ice
gallon-sized Ziploc bag
pint-sized Ziploc bag



Mix the sugar, half & half and vanilla extract together. Pour into a pint-sized Ziploc baggie. Make sure it seals tightly.



Now take the gallon-sized Ziploc bag and fill it up halfway with ice and pour the salt over the ice. Now place the cream filled bag into the ice filled bag and seal.



Make sure it is sealed tightly and start shaking. Shake for about 5 minutes (or 8 minutes if you use heavy cream.)



Open the gallon-sized bag and check to see if the ice cream is hard, if not keep shaking. Once the ice cream is finished, quickly run the closed pint-sized baggie under cold water to quickly clean the salt off the baggie.



Open the baggie and pop in a spoon.




Hope you enjoy your homemade ice cream in a baggie as much as we do!








118 comments:

  1. i saw this on rachel ray when kate gosslin was on and always wanted to try this!

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  2. L.O.V.E. Thanks for sharing. Just a heads for those who don't do dairy, this should work with coconut milk and agave also =)

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    1. Thank you! I am adoring coconut milk these days... thinking coconut milk ice cream topped with toasted coconut will be a great treat!

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  3. We did this with the cub scouts and they had a blast!

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  4. I just saw this in Family Fun magazine too and wanted to try it out! It looks AWESOME! :)

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  5. Thanks for showing that it really does work. I just got my Family Fun yesterday and made a mental note to try this one soon. Now, I'm really going to try it soon.

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

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  6. That's really cool. To bad I just got an ice cream machine :)

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  7. I just love the pictures of the kids on the farm! Such peace and joy! Thank you for sharing those moments with us!

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  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Jun 03:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  9. I saw the same article today and now I can't wait to make some! Although I still want my own ice cream mixer because I'm lazy...

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  10. I vaguely remember my younger sister making ice cream this way at summer camp. Thanks for posting! When I go to the store this week, I will definitely be buying more heavy cream! The kids will love it.

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  11. I love this! Check out UCreate with Kids tonight! I am totally featuring this!

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  12. Stopping by from TT&J. I've heard of this before but have actually never seen how to do it. This looks so easy and I think I'll have to try it, once we start getting summer weather.

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  13. This looks so easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. This looks so yummy and easy. I will have to run to the store this week to get the ingredients. My kids would LOVE to make homemade ice cream for family night.

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I had to share it on my Shout Out Sunday post today! I'll be back to check out more of your great ideas.

    http://kimskandykreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/shout-out-sunday.html

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  15. how awesome is this! I love this and it looks so simple! Thank you for sharing! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would come check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  16. I did this with my family today, and it was a huge hit! Thank you! I linked up to you... and borrowed a picture, but totally gave you credit. I hope that is alright.

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  17. Yum! Looks fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. OOHHHHH Icecream in a bag. I am SOOO DOING THIS!!!

    Would love if you would link up with us at Creative Creation Tuesday. We would love others to see your project too. Can be found here at Nothing But Country.

    Happy Creating! Thanks for sharing your great project.

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  19. Oh man this is fabulous! I'm forever stumbling upon ice cream recipes that call for an ice cream machine (which we don't have) so I'm excited to finally be able to try making ice cream! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kristen
    Turning a House into a Home

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  20. This is a really neat idea and seems like a lot of fun. I'll have to make ice cream in a baggie with my son.

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  21. Always love doing this with the kids. Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday! I'm going to share your post with my Facebook friends :) Hope to have you link up again this week! The party is now posted!!! Always a pleasure to have you!

    :)rachel at SunScholars.blogspot.com

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  22. It's even better with other flavored extracts instead of vanilla.

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  23. I saw this too but like your tutorial better. We are definetely giving it a try this school vacation! Fun and easy!!! I'm your newest follower - btw! Come visit me at www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

    Have a great day!

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  24. I remember making ice cream like this when I was younger from an American Girl project booklet. So good!

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  25. I so want to try this! Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Thank you for sharing! I will try.

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  27. I remember doing this when I was in kindergarten. If you have more than one child (or heck, do it WITH your child) it's fun to don mittens, and gently toss the bag back and forth instead of just shaking. Make a game of it while you're making ice cream! ^_^

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  28. I can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing! I featured you this week on my linky laundry list - http://literallyinspired.blogspot.com/2011/06/linky-laundry-list-5.html

    Ginger

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  29. LOVE it! Just posted a link on my Facebook page.

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  30. I am gonna do this with mint extract and add chocolate chips at the end!! Yum!!

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  31. We did it! Just had a play date and made it. My arms are killing me! But it was SO yummy, posting about it for What we ate Wednesday and will be linking back to you Momma!

    XOXOX

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  32. We tried it and it was so yummy! We added blackberries to one and peaches to another. The peach one didn't set up so well, so next time we will add after. My husband cheated a little and put the baggies in a small drink cooler. Him and my daughter sat down and rolled it back and forth between them. Their's set up much faster than mine. Thanks so much!

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  33. Just did this at my son's birthday. The kids LOVED it and it turned out great! :)

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  34. Thanks for sharing....it was wonderful, even if Mommy stumped her toe while pouring vanilla. LOL

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  35. i saw that recipe in a national geographic kids magizine . it is so much fun and easy to make !

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  36. love it and love your blog...I am a new follower. I have 7 babes and I love finding fun crafts and recipes for them to do.
    Check out mine, too, if you like! It's all about organization and the perfect planner to harness it all...:0)

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  37. Seriously?! How fun!! Can't wait to try it!

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  38. This will be great for our camping trip!

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  39. i tweaked this since i cant have sugar...gatric bypass patient...anyways i used fat free half and half..splenda...lemon extract instead of vanilla with a packet of true lemon crystallized lemon for extra zing. i also used part soy milk...with the half and half and OMG it is AMAZING!!!!!!!

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  40. Just made this with my 2 boys, fun and tastes great! Thank you!!

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  41. I want to try this!

    hushandbreathe.blogspot.com/

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  42. Too cute and fun, saving a link for my preschoolers when we learn i--ice cream=) Thanks!

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  43. Can anybody tell me why the salt is needed?

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    1. http://sciencecafe.org/content/2009/01/06/homemade-ice-cream/

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  44. I have never heard of this either.... I think it's a brilliant idea. Thank you x

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  45. Do you know if I can eliminate the sugar? or use a substitute like Stevia?

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  46. i would think you could. the sugar just gives the ice cream its sweetness.

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  47. I made this when my daughter's best friend came over for a play date. We all had a lot of fun making this. (I blogged about it here.)

    p.s. Frances: the salt is needed to melt the ice faster, this creates a heat transfer, which starts to freeze the cream. Delicious delicious science!

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  48. Thanks for sharing, we went ahead and tried it with coconut milk, and it came out delicious!

    http://thejuicery.blogspot.com/2011/08/blackberry-coconut-milk-ice-cream-in.html

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  49. Just made this with my kiddos and it was GREAT! Thanks :)

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  50. Tried this and was really happy with the results.... soooooo many possibilities!

    Linked back to this post on my blog - www.swamphollowdesigns.blogspot.com

    Thanks again!

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  51. Just tried this with Thrive instant (powdered) milk. It was fantastic. So glad to know I can make this anytime even if I don't have store bought milk!

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  52. My kids are going to LOVE this! Thanks.....read about it via Globetrotting in Heels and can't wait to try it....my kids will be begging for it all the time. Good thing we use half-n-half for coffee so we always have it on hand! MamaP

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  53. This would be VERY cold on your hands. Instead, I use an empty peanut butter jar. Put the baggie of milk mixture (I just use chocolate milk from the cafeteria when I do this in class) in the jar, cover with ice and salt, screw the lid on...and then the fun part! Roll the jar back and forth on the floor with a partner! They have come up with a $30 soccer ball to do this very same thing, but my way is cheaper!

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  54. I just made this. I used plain old 2% milk and liquid Stevia. In hind sight, I should have used powdered Stevia instead but it did work. When it was done, I added a sliced banana and about 2 TB of chocolate syrup. Eat it quickly as it does melt quickly! Nice treat. BTW you can do the same thing with a group but used small and large coffee cans instead of the ziploc bags. Make sure to tape (duct tape works best) the coffee can lids so you don't have a big mess! Have the kids roll it back and forth to each other for about ten or so minutes or til done. Did it with Cub Scouts years ago.

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  55. Great idea!! I just featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  56. I had completely forgotten about doing this.:) Thanks for the reminder.:)

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  57. Wow! Totally amazingly easy idea - I love it. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  58. Can't wait to make this for my hubby! He always talks about this science experiment from childhood when they did this too. I just never had ingredients list! He will be so happy :)

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  59. We made it this weekend. I posted pics at http://snozzberriesndreams.blogspot.com/2011/09/family-mini-camp.html
    Thanks for sharing!

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  60. We have tried this with a icecream mix and we love it!! so much faster than the ice cream machine

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  61. I LOVED doing this. Thanks for sharing the idea! I just posted a blog about my experience with it. THANK YOU!!!

    Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired.blogspot.com

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  62. What a great idea! Fun Fun .. I am your newest follower. Hope you will stop by and follow me back.

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  63. NOW i understand!! have seen similar recipes in the past which haven't explained things properly and i've always wondered 'the ice cream must taste so salty' ............... doh!!!! what a doofus xxxxxxxx defnitely remaining anonymous!!

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  64. Enjoyed making this with my boys, and posted it on my blog, thanks!

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  65. Hi, Just a quick question, I'm in the UK, what do you mean by 2 TBL sugar? Is it tablespoons (tbsp)? Thanks

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  66. I just made this, but instead of using vanilla i used COFFEE.

    SO. GOOD. try it.

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  67. could it be done with whole milk? or is there something I could do to the milk before to make it usable? cream is not avail where I live.

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  68. This is so amazing! I'm going to share on my Glamour.com health and fitness blog tomorrow. I'll link back to you and send some traffic your way. (Hope you don't mind me using one photo.) Thank you!

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  69. great post, i really want to try it making pumpkin ice cream for a little autumn treat for my son.

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  70. Hello, really a funny idea, i like to' make at my nursery, but I really don't understand what cup half&half means: half full milk and half cream? Half what and what ( seems the ingredient was lost. Thankyou!!

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  71. Half & Half is a product found in the grocery case. Some people put it in coffee. Regular milk works too.

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  72. Many years ago my mom would do the same thing with her first grade class at school, only they would put the ice cream into a cleaned out coffee can that would set inside a bigger coffee can. The salt and ice would go between the cans, and when the lids were on, the kids would roll the cans back and forth. It seems like it would be a little easier to roll it, and you might be able to make more. Who doesn't love more ice cream?

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  73. I'm wondering if this would work with yogurt for a 'frozen yogurt' treat...ever try it?

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  74. I made mine with fat free half and half, stevia, vanilla extract, and special dark cocoa powder. It turned out absolutely delicious, but I was wondering if there is a way to do it without so much shaking? Also, the consistency was a little thin...

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  75. Shook for over 15 minutes, don't think there was enough ice in the bag! Added more salt to the ice-seemed to help a little. Tasted great!

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  76. Such a fun idea!!

    Rene @ BargainHoot

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  77. Love this! I made it with a bit more vanilla and it was great! Next I'm going to try brown sugar.

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  78. I will start making it right away. Thanks for the tip.

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  79. I made this with Eggnog and Nutmeg for a holiday ice cream. Really enjoyed it..thanks for sharing!

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  80. I used to do this as a kid!!! You can always use 2 of those metal coffee cans too...you know, the one that's the smaller size, then the big one...put your ice cream mixture in the smaller one, make sure it's closed tight, then center it in the larger can, add your ice & salt, close it tight, then just roll them around on the floor! :)

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  81. Speaking of which...I have all the ingredients (well, Splenda in place of sugar...) and some nice peppermint extract...time for mint ice cream!

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  82. I can see strawberries and blueberries in the mix! YUM

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  83. We have been doing this with 4-H groups for many years but the past few years we actually did everything the same except we put the baggie with the ice cream mixture in a pitcher and the ice and salt around the baggie in the pitcher and kids either shook or rolled it back and forth to each other while their ice cream was freezing. You could reuse the pitcher for the next group too. Always fun for kids.

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  84. does it still work if you add chocolate or strawberry syrup for different flavours??

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  85. This is way too cool! My mom was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so making homemade ice cream is the safest way too go, not too mention healthiest.

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  86. Love this! So yummy! Thanks for posting. I'm linking up to you on adaynasmile.wordpress.com

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  87. I have had a daycare for 25 years and we have been making this yummy treat so far back I can't even remember when we started! I make it exactly like you did. We sometimes put strawberries, really ripe peaches or chocolate ice cream topping in it to make flavors! I just got some vanilla beans today that I ordered to make my own homemade vanilla (recipe from pinterest) and think I'll give them a try too!! Nice post!!

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  88. I would love to make this with my girl scouts. How many servings does one bag yield? I need enough for 9 hungry 5 yr old girls. Thanks!

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  89. Looks great! I was wondering the same thing as Julie-how much does it make? Is one bag one serving?

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  90. Okay, answering mine and Julie's question about how much it makes. Well, it makes one cup which is kind of "duh" when you realize you use one cup of half and half. :) I think most ice cream containers say that a serving is 1/2 cup. It does melt VERY fast so I stuck mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes after rinsing the bag. Also, the bag gets VERY cold so the idea that others said about rolling it back and forth in some kind of container would probably work out well for the girl scouts...then each "team" could share the ice cream in the bag. As others have said, this is DELICIOUS!

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  91. yes, it makes 1 cup of ice cream. it does melt faster then usual ice cream, so may want to place it into the freezer before eating. but we never seem to have an issue with this, since ours in gone really fast! enjoy:)

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  92. how would i make chocolate ice cream?

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  93. OMG I just tried this, so good...going to try it with a 1/2tbl to 1 tbl of cocoa for chocolate ice cream. I did it with two quart bags which worked but was a bit soft since I couldn't put enough ice in it to keep it cold long enough. But it will do in a pinch

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  94. This is how I make ice cream and it comes out delicious http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-to-make-ice-cream.html

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  95. FYI - I used skim milk and it worked great!

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  96. Thanks for posting the in a baggie ice cream. I am a pre-k teacher and for the after school kids I do a cooking class and they loved it!!!

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  97. I made this when my grandchildren were small using coffee cans and rolling to each other on the concrete drive.

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  98. I noticed my ice tore up my bag with the cream in it. Any suggestions on what I can do next time?

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  99. I made this with my kids today. I totally love it. We even added in oreos and it was amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing

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  100. I found this on pinterest only the link did not link to your blog. It linked to vippins.com The site seemed suspicious to me, so I did a google search for your image and found this site.

    Did vippins steal your post? If so, I'm going to repin from here.

    http://www.vippins.com/how-to-make-homemade-ice-cream-in-a-baggie/

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  101. I have made ice cream this way since I learned how in Camp Fire Girls Summer Camp. (About 30 years ago.) If you have small kids try adding this.....instead of putting the ice and salt in a ziplock bag use a large round can with a lid - like a coffee can. Let the kids "roll" the can back and forth to make the magic happen.

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  102. it was fun i just made it with my grandma and it tastes delicious!!!!!:)

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  103. I did this when I was in high school in chemistry class. It is fun and def delicious. :)

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  105. Tried this with almond milk...consistency was a little watery and make sure u premix liquids and sugar before putting in bag...otherwise turned out ok. Definitely cheaper than baskin Robbins or store bought

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  106. What is a TBL?

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  107. What is a TBL? Do you mean TBSP?

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  108. I love this post. We did this at my daughters 2nd birthday party. Thank you so much for this. Everyone at the party loved it. I have a link back to this post. http://rednecksoccermom.blogspot.com/2013/04/shaking-up-some-ice-cream-in-baggies.html

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  109. Can this be stored in the freezer for any length of time? Has anyone tried it?

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