Today in my class we made Ice Cream in a Baggie. It was a blast and I thought I’d share this recipe as it could be a great activity to do even with a pre-schooler.
Ingredients for the ice cream:
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt
Ingredients for “Ice Cream Maker:”
6 tablespoons salt
Ok, grab a sandwich size zip lock and add the ingredients for the ice cream into it. Carefully seal the Ziploc bag to ensure that there are no leaks and mix ingredients around a bit in there.
Then, grab a gallon size Ziploc bag and put about 3 fingers of ice into it. Add 6 tablespoons of salt. Put small ice cream Ziploc into large Ziploc bag with ice. Seal the bag and shake vigorously for 5-10 minutes. (Ice cream mixture should freeze and thicken to an ice cream consistency)
Viola! Ice cream!
FYI- of course it is not creamy and smooth like true ice cream, but it definitely taste like vanilla and it is an icy consistency. My students really enjoyed this lab and had no problems eating it.
There are 2 potential problems if you are not careful:
1) adding more than a pinch of salt will make ice cream taste salty
2) not sealing ice cream bag correctly (or bags with small holes) will make ice cream taste salty.
On a side note, one of students told me today that I’m better than Rachel Ray and that I should have my own t.v. show. He also said I look better than her and that I should eat the demonstration ice cream because I’m so little and I need to eat more. I love kids!!
This could be directly related to the fact that Final Exams are tomorrow and Final Grades are due by the end of the week. AND, he wanted to eat some of the leftover strawberries from the smoothie lab with his ice cream.
Ok, so I gave him the strawberries…whatever!!