Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
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Homemade Ice Cream In a Ziploc Bag

Homemade Ice Cream in a Ziploc Bag allows everyone to celebrate National Ice Cream Day! Get shaking!!

Our first attempt at making ice cream in a Ziploc bag was the night I discovered Thin Mints in the freezer.  It was late.  For some reason we decided we couldn’t have one without the other.  The ice cream was a success. 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Monday morning at the water cooler I shared my story and was surprised to learn how few of my coworkers had heard of this quick & easy process.  So I’ve decided to join the ranks of many who have posted these 5 simple steps.

Step #1 – Gather Ingredients

Gather Ingredients (cream, sugar, vanilla, Kosher salt, quart & gallon Ziploc bags, crushed ice, towel)

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Step #2 – Mix Ingredients

Mix Ingredients (combine cream, sugar and vanilla in quart sized Ziploc bag, seal well and shake gently to combine.  Slide quart bag inside gallon sized Ziploc bag then fill with ice and add 1/2 cup Kosher salt).

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Step #3 – Shake

Shake (I called Batman to help with step #3.  The ziploc bag with ice/salt gets very cold, I suggest rolling it in a bath towel, then twisting the ends creating handles).  Now click here and prepare to shake, shake, shake.  Shake Your Booty.  Do this for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Step #4 – Check Cosistency

Check Consistency (if too soft, keep shaking.  When desired consistency is achieved turn bag inside out and scrape ice cream into a freezer container.  Keep frozen until ready to use).

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Step #5 – Enjoy!

Enjoy!  (now is when you can add mix-ins like crushed Thin Mints, or chocolate chips, or sliced strawberries to name a few.  Or you can serve Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with warm Peach Buttermilk Cobbler (which is how our second attempt came to be).

Peach Buttermilk Cobbler

Homemade Ice Cream {in a Ziploc Bag}

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 2


  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 Tbl. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup salt preferably course salt like Kosher or Rock
  • Ice about 6 cups


  • Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla in quart sized Ziploc and seal well.
  • Fill a gallon sized Ziploc with ice cubes, add the salt. Put the quart bag inside the gallon and seal well. Roll inside a towel and twist ends creating handles.
  • Shake until the cream mixture thickens into ice cream, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove quart sized bag and scrape out ice cream (turn inside out to get it all). You can then stir in your favorite additions, like Salted Chocolate Pretzel Toffee Bark pieces or Thin Mint Cookies if you happened to have some lying around.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


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