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Summer Snack Time! How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice cream is a classic summer treat that has been around for a very long time ...</br></br>One of the first accounts of frozen desserts recalls the <a title="PBS" href="http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/explore-the-delicious-history-of-ice-cream/" target="_blank">Roman Emperor Nero</a> dining on fruity treats that resembled ice cream in the first century AD. Others, though, claim the first true ice cream came about in <a title="Almanac" href="http://www.almanac.com/content/history-ice-cream" target="_blank">eighth century China</a> when the Tang Dynasty first documented their frozen dairy treats.</br></br>From these humble origins, the dessert gradually grew and evolved into a spectrum of sorbets, gelatos, frozen yogurts and ice creams that you can make at home as part of a fun and family-friendly activity!</br></br>Let's take a look at a really easy ice cream recipe:</br></br><strong>How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag </strong></br></br>Ingredients</br></br>- 1 cup half and half</br>- 1 1/2 tbsp. white sugar</br>- 1/2 tsp. vanilla</br>- 1/2 cup salt (rock salt if available, but table salt will also work)</br>- 3 cups crushed or small-cubed ice</br></br>Materials</br></br>- 1 gallon-sized resealable freezer bag</br>- 1 quart-sized resealable freezer bag</br>- Oven mitts or gloves (to keep your hands warm!)</br>- Scissors</br>- Bowl or ice cream cone</br></br>Steps</br></br>Step 1: Mix the half and half, sugar and vanilla together in the quart-sized bag and seal it tightly.</br>Step 2: Place the ice inside the gallon-sized bag and evenly distribute the salt over the ice.</br>Step 3: Place the smaller bag inside the big bag with the ice and seal tightly.</br>Step 4: Shake vigorously for 10-15 minutes until ice cream achieves desired texture. (Don’t forget your oven mitts for this part!)</br>Step 5: Remove the quart bag from inside the gallon bag and dry it off.</br>Step 6: Use scissors to cut off a bottom corner of your bag of ice cream and squeeze contents into a bowl or onto a cone.</br>Step 7: Enjoy your tasty homemade treat!</br></br><strong>Variations</strong></br></br>Looking to mix it up a little? There are a few elements of this recipe that can be varied as desired:</br></br>Methods: If your arms can’t take all the shaking, you can roll your ice cream instead. Just place your ice cream bags into a large coffee can and roll it back and forth with a friend.</br></br>Flavors: If you’re craving something a little more exciting than vanilla, there are nearly endless possibilities for mix-ins or toppings you can try. Any liquid flavorings can be added before shaking, while solid mix-ins are better stirred into the finished product. Common additions include chocolate syrup, fresh fruit, crumbled cookies or candy.</br></br>Texture: You can change the texture and creaminess of your ice cream by switching what type of dairy you use. Try milk for something a bit lighter; for a thick, decadent treat you can try whole cream or even whipping cream.</br></br>And that’s all there is to it! Of course, if you’d prefer your homemade ice cream recipe to be a bit easier, you can always opt for a <a title="Ice Cream Maders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/appliances/kitchen-appliances/specialty-appliances/type/ice-cream-makers/" target="_blank">home ice cream maker</a> to take care of the work for you. But either way, you’ll be enjoying an amazing frozen treat in no time!
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