Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Minutes

How to Make Ice Cream with a Bag

Here is how to make ice cream in a bag without even using a freezer! Cheap, easy, yummy, and guaranteed to satisfy. This recipe is good for one person and can be eaten straight out of the bag--or have this recipe ready in bulk to add to any party; every kid will surely have a blast making their own ice cream. What's more, super easy clean up!


  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) white sugar
  • 1 cup (200 g) half & half or heavy cream (milk can be substituted, but you will have different results)
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) vanilla extract
  • A pint or sandwich sized Ziploc baggie (can be doubled to prevent leaks)

To freeze the ice cream:

  • Ice (enough to halfway fill a gallon sized Ziploc baggie)
  • 1/3 cup salt (coarse or kosher salt is recommended - table salt can work, but try to prevent it from clumping in just one area of the ice)
  • Gallon-sized Ziploc baggie (can be doubled to prevent leaks)


  1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla in the pint-sized bag.Stir it up into an even consistency.
    • If vanilla ice cream isn't your thing, add fruit or chocolate sauce to your creamy concoction.
    • You may do this in a bowl, but why dirty a dish when you don't have to?
    • Make sure the sugar is dissolved!
  2. Seal the bag tightly.Squeeze out any extra air, too. Too much air in the bag may force it open upon shaking.
    • If you're concerned about leaking, double-bag your ice cream mixture. Leaks are less likely to occur but it may take a bit longer for the ice cream to adequately freeze.
  3. Place the salt and ice into the gallon-sized bag.It should be about half full.
    • Coarse, Kosher, and rock salt works best, but table salt will do. However, know that you may see shabbier results with smaller granules.
    • Place the sealed pint-sized bag into the salt and ice mixture. The salt and ice will freeze the creamy mixture, not become a part of it.
    • Squeeze out any extra air in the larger bag and seal it tightly, too.
  4. Put on gloves and start shaking.If gloves aren't handy, use a towel. Your hands will appreciate the barrier between them and the extreme cold.
    • Shake for 5-10 minutes. After this period, check the consistency of your ice cream to see if it's ready.
  5. Eat or serve.After adequate shaking, take out the ice cream mixture before unsealing. You don't want any ice or salt in your ice cream!
    • Grab a spoon a dig in! Your ice cream is ready.
    • Or cut the tip of the bag and squeeze out the ice cream into a dish.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I put the ice cream I just made in the freezer and eat it later?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can! But for some people, it tastes the best if eaten right after it is made.
  • Question
    Why do I have to add sugar to it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You need to add sugar because it will help give your ice cream that creamy consistency. It will also help sweeten your ice cream.
  • Question
    How many ice cream flavours are there?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    That's an interesting question and it would vary depending on whether you're making them at home or commercially (in which flavor esters can create any type of flavor possible). It'd be impossible to ever say how many flavors there are but think broadly across fruit, berries, spices, chocolates, teas/coffees, vegetables (why not?), bacon varieties, syrups, liqueurs, floral scents and many more!
  • Question
    Do I put the bag of ice in the big bag?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. Fill it halfway and put salt in it. Then, put the bag containing the ice cream mixtures into the big bag full of ice.
  • Question
    How long does it take to make ice cream?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Depending on the quantity you want to make, ice cream can be made in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Question
    Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it will have a different texture than it would if you used heavy or half and half cream.
  • Question
    Can we add more vanilla if it tastes very salty?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. However, it should not taste salty at all, as you are not supposed to add salt to the ice cream. Make sure you follow the instructions correctly and don't let the salt get into the bag with the ice cream.
  • Question
    Do I have to use vanilla extract? Is it a must?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No! If you want to add in a different flavor you can. It's entirely up to you!
  • Question
    Can you refreeze the bag of salt and ice, after making the first batch, to make more ice cream?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can refreeze it because you're going to use it for making the ice cream cold and freeze, so it doesn't need to be very very clean.
  • Question
    What's the difference between using regular milk and half and half?
    Olwen Nicholls
    Community Answer
    Basically just the consistency. The cream will make it, well, creamier. The milk will make it less fatty or creamy.
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  • You can use a piping bag with a star tip to make a soft serve-like ice cream. Pour the ice cream into the pipping bag with the star tip and squeeze in a spiral.
  • Use this as an educational tool! Not only can you explore the history of ice cream, but use the experience to engage your kids about the science behind ice, salt, and their exothermic reactions.
  • You can use a garbage bag and make a lot of ice cream with it but you might need more than one person to make it.
  • Try adding more sugar or vanilla extract to change the taste.
  • A large coffee can be used instead. It is much bigger, so the recipe may be doubled or tripled (so it may take longer). But kids can roll the can on the floor for a bonus!


  • Don't let kids consume ingredients that aren't in the mixture (raw).
  • Be careful when taking the bag of ice cream out of the larger bag. The salt on the outside could cause any cut on your hands to sting.
  • Kids may choke on small objects/ingredients in a bottle (vanilla extract - or other flavorings - bottles)!

Things You'll Need

  • Towel or gloves
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Spoons
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) rock salt
  • 1 bag of crushed ice
  • 1 pint-sized resealable bag
  • 1 gallon (3.8 L)-size resealable bag

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