Homemade Ice Cream (No Churn Needed)

Old-school homemade ice cream is always a crowd favorite and takes me back to summers spent with my family. But sometimes we don’t have time for the full process, and some of us might not own an ice cream maker or ice cream freezer. Most no-churn recipes you see online just involve sticking something in the freezer that ends up too dense and difficult to scoop. Good news – you can use a couple of zip-close bags to get light, creamy ice cream without the churn. It’s super simple, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. 

Whether you have kiddos at home who need educational activities to stay busy or you’re just a kid at heart who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, ice cream in a bag is the perfect homemade treat!

Recipe by Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Things You’ll Need

  • 1-quart zip-close bag
  • 1-gallon zip-close bag
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves or hot pads for shaking bag


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Ice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup rock salt (kosher or even table salt will work) 

1.) Pour sugar, vanilla, milk and whipping cream into the quart-sized bag and seal tightly with duct tape.

baggie with ingredients inside

2.) Place the quart-sized bag with ice cream ingredients inside the gallon-sized bag.

3.) Pack ice inside the gallon-sized bag, around the quart-sized bag. Add salt and water and seal gallon-sized bag with duct tape.

small baggie inside the larger one

4.) Shake with gloves or hot pads (since it will be really cold!) until frozen (about 6 minutes).

5.) Open the outer bag and discard ice and salt. Rinse the bag containing the ice cream so no salt gets in.

baggie full of ice cream

6.) Enjoy the ice cream with your favorite toppings!

ice cream in a bowl

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By Elizabeth Hurst

Elizabeth has been working for dairy farmers at Dairy MAX since 2017. She has a background in marketing and public relations and loves helping tell the dairy story. When she's not working, Elizabeth can be found playing with her son and making our moist banana bread recipe. Learn more about Elizabeth

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