Monday, May 18, 2009

Ice Cream!

Oh, my gosh. We finished the letter I off by making some ice cream in a bag!
It was sooo easy, and we had a blast! I'll include the recipe we used at the bottom of this post. I was floored by how good this stuff was! We tossed it around for 15 minutes, and they had no idea what Mama was up to, other than the fact that we had dumped sugar and milk and cream and vanilla in a bag and were getting to throw it around! When we opened it up they totally freaked to find ice cream!

For the ice cream:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (whipping)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla (we just use a capful)

Other supplies:

  • 1/2 cup salt (table or rock)
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 small ziplock bags
  • 2 big ziplock bags
  • kitchen towel
  • cups & spoons to eat with
  1. Dump the sugar, vanilla, cream and milk in one of the small ziplock bags. Seal it tight, then put it in the other small baggie and zip that tight too (just to make sure it doesn't pop open and get all salty & icy).
  2. Put the salt & ice into one of the big bags, alone with your baggie of future yummy goodness. Seal this tight. Wrap the whole thing in the kitchen towel, and put it into the last big bag and seal that too (salt lowers the freezing point of ice, and the towel will help keep little hands from freezing).
  3. Set a bell for 15 minutes. Rock, roll, toss the bag, play catch, whatever - just remember that it is a plastic baggie, so dont be too tough on it. After a while the ice will start to get all slushy, and just around the 15 minute mark your little bag of goodies will feel like a nice, firm lump in the middle of that towel.
  4. Take out your bag, serve and enjoy!

I couldn't believe how easy, fun and yummy this project was! We will definately be doing it again! Oh, and this made enough for me and the two boys to each have some. It was really rich, so we got plenty!

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