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Alternate Ice Cream Maker

If you want to try your hand at making ice cream, your best bet is to buy one of the many electric ice cream machines. Hand cranked machines may give you the satisfaction of doing something that feels "old-fashioned", but it will also make you feel tired. Either one will make a nice blend of soft serve.

But what do you do if you do not have a machine and don't have the money to get one any time soon? Of course you can always use your local grocery store which should have a great variety of the treats. If you really are that hard up to make your own without a machine, there is an alternative ice creamer you can use with things that are easier to find.

What you will need:

    1 gallon size ZiplocĀ© bag
    1 quart size ZiplocĀ© bag
    2 cups crushed ice
    1/2 cup rock salt
    3/4 quart of your favourite ice cream batter

Place your ice cream mixture into the quart size bag and seal. Put in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours.

When you are ready to start, place the ice and salt in the large gallon size bag

In the bag of ice, place the quart-size bag of ice cream mix inside (it is extremely important to make sure it is completely zipped and secure or else you will have a nasty surprise.) Zip it into the iced bag. Make sure the iced bag is also secure.

Wrap the bag in a clean towel. Using your hands, gently knead the bag back and forth for about 15 minutes, make sure you are not too hard so you will burst the bags.

After about 15 minutes, the cream should start to thicken. Immediately place bag in the freezer for another 30 minutes to harden. Then it should be ready to serve. For harder ice cream, let freeze for at least 5 hours.