Ice cream for the holidays

Using eight quick steps, you can make ice cream a holiday tradition.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Instead of screaming for ice cream why not plan on making some? Making ice cream is a great New Year’s tradition. Everyone, especially the kids in your family, will enjoy making their own ice cream.

Michigan State University Extension provides the following steps to making ice cream in a bag.

Homemade Ice Cream

Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.


1 sealable sandwich-size plastic freezer bag

1 sealable gallon size plastic freezer bag

1 quart ice cubes (enough to fill a large bag ¾ full)

1 cup of table or rock salt

1 cup of very cold whole milk

2 tablespoons sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla


Put the vanilla, sugar and milk in the sandwich bag. Seal it with as little air inside
as possible.

Squeeze the bag carefully until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Place the small bag inside the larger bag.

Add the ice and salt to the larger bag. Squeeze gently to mix the salt and ice.

Seal the bag tightly, then turn it continuously, or shake it, until the ice cream
reaches desired consistency (approximately 10 minutes).

Remove the small bag and wipe the outside of the bag with a cloth before opening and enjoy the soft ice cream.

If you want to add even more nutrition to this already nutritious dessert consider adding fruit to the ice cream after you have made it. You could also use fruit flavored milk, like strawberry milk, to make strawberry ice cream.

This may be a new tradition for you that will be remembered and carried on for years to come. It promotes good food and wonderful interaction among family members.

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