Homemade ice cream in 5 minutes? Yes please. According to my husband we did this back in 5th grade science class. I have no memory of this but I do remember making butter in third grade and putting it on saltines because our teacher forgot to get bread. Ha… Anyways, I figured it was still worth busting because of a few reasons. It might not taste good. It might make a giant mess. It might not really work well. And who knows what else. So I decided to give THIS PIN a try.
I followed the recipe exactly, 1/2 cup half and half, 1 Tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a small bag with ice and salt (no measurements given) in a bigger bag. Put the small bag in the big bag seal and shake for 5 minutes. A monkey could probably follow these directions. So I started shaking. And shaking. And shaking. Maybe I’m a wuss but my arms got a little tired… not to mention my hands were freezing. So I took a short break and broke out some over mitts which at least helped the latter problem. Anyways I shook for over 5 minutes and nothing happened except ice melting. Could this be so sensitive that it must be 5 minutes of shaking WITHOUT INTERUPTION?? So I let it sit for a minute or two then tried again, only this time no breaks at all. And I shook for 6 minutes. Still nothing. The liquid just never even came close to freezing! AND my bag was leaking a little resulting in a yucky ice, salt, and creamy mixture in the big bag. Luckily that bag didn’t leak!
Bottom line – emergency resort only
So 5th graders might be able to do this but I wasn’t. Can’t say I’m thrilled about what this might say about my abilities. If it doesn’t work every time it’s not worth my time trying to do it. The only real circumstance I would is under some sort of child or weather induced house arrest situation with a major ice cream craving emergency. And even then if there was any possibility of just going to the store that would be easier, or having the husband stop on his way home. Or even calling my mom if I was that desperate! Either way, just get an ice cream maker if you want homemade!