Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homemade Ice Cream in a Freezer Bag- Overnight

                             Homemade Ice Cream in a Freezer Bag

I guess, one of these days, I'll break down and buy an ice cream maker, but I don't eat the stuff very often, so it's not very high on my list of priorities. But I've been running across a lot of recipes for 15 minute ice cream in a bag. I became curious, and wondered if you could skip the ice and rock salt process, and just toss the bag in the freezer. That's just what I did.

I checked after an hour and noticed that it was beginning to solidify around the edges, I squeezed the bag a few times, then put it back in the freezer. It was getting late, I went to bed thinking I would wake up with a solid cream-cube in the morning. Lo and behold, I had ice cream. Not just ice cream, but really good ice cream, much better than anything I buy.

It reminded me of of the kind my Great-Grandma would make in the back yard, once in a while. If you made the mistake of running past her while you were playing, she would quickly bamboozle you into taking a turn at the crank, "It's fun, come on and try it for a while." I guess I always had sucker written on my face.
I haven't had that delicacy since I was about 8 years old. It's funny, how after 40 years you can still remember exactly what something tastes like, but call your Grandkids by the wrong name. I usually go through three names, before I get the right one. One of my Grandmothers who had Alzheimer's disease, would forget who we were, and call all of us "Lou" (one of my cousins), So I tease my Grandkids, by occasionally calling them all "Lou", they get a kick out of it. I'll have to make a batch of ice cream, the next time the Lou-s come to visit.

(Update: the second batch I made, froze solid, I had to thaw it, for 1 hour, knead the bag until I crushed it into kind of a slushy texture, then refroze it, it was fine after that.)

1 quart of half and half
1tsp. vanilla
1/4cup sugar
a gallon freezer bag

Whisk everything together, and pour it into the freezer bag.
I removed the air, but I'm not sure if it's necessary.
Freeze overnight. Squeeze the bag several times before serving.


  1. Wow! That's it? I don't have an ice cream machine either, and I have been wondering if I could make ice cream without one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lol, I really didn't expect it to work! It tasted great.

  3. I'm excited to try this. Is it sweet enough?
    Thanks for sharing. I'd like to try this with fresh raspberries.

    1. I think I'm going to try strawberries, it seemed about as sweet as dairy queen, take a little taste before you freeze it. :)

  4. Hi Deb,
    Perhaps you don't mind if I share your Homemade Ice Cream in a Freezer Bag recipe in our food network www.mycookbook.com , i believe this info will be valuable.
    Surely I'll include the original source and give you credit :)

    Let me know,
    Thanks :)

    1. Hi Hillary, I couldn't figure out how to contact you. You certainly can use it, but I have had a few problems with the recipe since the original post. I'm now using 1/2 heavy cream and half milk. I think it needed the extra fat from the cream, to keep it from freezing solid.