As summer’s just beginning, I thought it’d be fun to share with you a kitchen food project for kids… Ice Cream!! AND, who doesn’t love Ice Cream? 🙂
This recipe is perfect for a summer’s day when the kiddos need a fun little project AND a bonus… they get to eat this one when they’re all finished!! I borrowed my good friend Holly’s darling little girls to help me out in the kitchen…
Summer Homemade Ice Cream
1/2 C whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp sugar or agave
4 C crushed ice
4 Tbsp salt (table salt)
2 quart size zip-loc freezer bags
1 gallon size zip-loc freezer bag
a hand towel to keep fingers from freezing!
Mix the milk, vanilla, and sugar together in one of the quart-sized bags. Seal tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible. Place this bag inside the second quart-sized bag, again leaving as little air as possible. By double bagging, the risk of salt and ice leaking into the ice cream is minimal. Put the quart-sized bag inside the gallon-sized bag, add ice, and then sprinkle salt on top of ice. Let all the air out and seal the bag. Wrap in a hand towel, shake and massage the bag for 7-8 minutes. The mixture will turn into ice cream- open and serve!
Here’s a picture of my kitchen helpers holding their baggies open for the ingredients…
In this picture their baggies are all put together and they’re ready to start-a-shakin’ !!
AND Voilà! Their Ice Cream’s all done!
Time to dig in…
The science behind the salt? Just like we use salt on icy roads in the winter, salt mixed with ice causes the ice to melt. When salt comes into contact with ice, the freezing point of ice is lowered. Water normally freezes at 32 degrees F. A 10% salt solution freezes at 20 degrees F and a 20 % solution it freezes at 2 degrees F. By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, we’re able to create an environment in which the milk mixture can freeze at a temperature below 32 degrees F and it turns into ice cream!
I hope you have a super fun time in the kitchen with the kiddos making this Summer Homemade Ice Cream !! We had a blast and a big thanks to my little kitchen helpers!!
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