Speedy homemade ice cream – made in a bag in less than 15 minutes

When a friend told me about a magical ice cream making experiment that she’d done with her two preschoolers, that required neither a freezer or ice cream maker and took just 15 minutes to make from start to finish,  I knew immediately that we should give it a whirl.

Ice cream made in a ziplock bag

But I’ll be honest it sounded too good to be true. Ice Cream made with just three ingredients, ready in only fifteen minutes. It sounds like one of those experiments that never really work. BUT IT TOTALLY DOES!!!


Ice cream in a bag ingredients

120ml Full Fat Milk

2 Teaspoons of Caster Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract


75g Rock Salt

4 ziplock bags


A Tea Towel or a Pair of FootBall Gloves

Materials needed for no freeze/no ice cream machine ice cream


Firstly crush your ice by placing in a bag and whacking it with a rolling pin.

Kitchen Science - making ice cream without a freezer or ice cream maker

Carefully pour the milk into a zip lock bag (putting the open ziplock bag inside a wide mouthed jug makes it easier for little ones to get the milk in the bag and not on the floor.) Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the milk and seal the bag, ensuring there is no air trapped inside.


Place inside another empty zip lock bag to protect the ingredients if the bag splits. Press out the air and zip up.

In a third bag place the crushed ice and rock salt. And then carefully place the bags containing the ingredients inside. Once again seal the bag, letting any trapped air escape.

Place the three bags into one last bag.

Either put on the gloves or wrap a towel around the bags and gentle massage the bags for approximately ten minutes until hey presto the ice cream has set.


Serve with your chosen topping.

 Scrumptious ice cream recipe made in a ziplock bag


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