Shake Your Own Homemade Ice Cream

I have great memories of making this recipe as a child and can vividly remember each time! Shaking your own homemade ice cream is definitely a ‘memory maker’ for children! This is such a fun thing to do on a hot summer night after grilling out with family or friends. We made ours after bath time and before bed; I’m a sucker for letting the boys go outside in their PJ’s (a simple wash of their feet doesn’t really bother me). Work in pairs to combine ingredients, set up your ice and salt bag, and then get shake’n! You could also create an ‘add-ins’ table and assign a judge to sample each bag to assign awards to ‘most original’ ‘most flavor’, etc. So call your family or friends and set the date for your NEW Annual ‘Shake Your Own Homemade Ice Cream Party/Contest!’


  • 1 – 1 lb coffee can with lid OR 1 gallon-sized Ziploc Bag
  • 1 – 3 lb coffee can with lid OR 1 quart-sized Ziploc Bag
  • duct tape/packing tape
  • crushed ice
  • rock salt


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream or half and half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Chopped nuts, or pieces of fruit – optional


Using Ziploc Bags: (Benefits: Most homes have Plastic bags lying around, Easier to watch the process)

Combine ingredients in a clean 1 quart-sized Ziploc bag; secure by placing duct tape over the zipper after closing. Place quart-sized bag  in the gallon-sized bag. Pack crushed ice around the smaller bag. Pour almost 1 cup of rock salt over the ice. Close the zipper on the gallon-sized bag and secure with duct-tape. Shake and or toss the bag back and forth for about 10 minutes. Wrap in a towel if it begins to get too cold or there is a lot of condensation. Remove the inside bag carefully. Keep salt solution out of the small bag. Massage the ice cream in the small bag to test it’s consistency. Continue to toss and shake until it reaches your desired consistency.


Using Coffee Cans: (Benefits: Less cold on your hands, Fun to roll and kick around)

Combine ingredients in a clean 1 lb coffee can with a tight fitting plastic lid. Tape lid for added security. Place 1 lb coffee can in 3 lb coffee can. Pack crushed ice around the smaller can. Pour almost 1 cup of rock salt over the ice. Replace lid on 3 lb can. Roll the can back and forth on the floor or sidewalk for 10 minutes. Remove the inside can carefully. Keep salt solution out of the small can. Remove lid of small can and stir ice cream with a rubber spatula. Replace and retape lid. Drain ice water from larger can and place smaller can inside. Repack with ice and salt. Roll back and forth 5 – 10 minutes more depending on how firm you like your ice cream.

Makes about 3 cups.


  1. too fun! Taylor would love that! We’ll have to do it– especially since we’re having pretty hot weather some of these days =)

  2. Looks yummy and like it was fun!

  3. So funny that you just posted this. My mom just gave me this recipe last week. We were going to do it for Abby’s birthday party, but I just didn’t have the time to prep all the bags. Looks like your guys had fun.

    • Funny, you posted something the other day that I had ‘on dock’ also. Can’t remember what it was… :) Great minds think alike! 😉 You have to make the ice cream though it’s SO FUN and honestly tastes just like regular homemade ice cream in an electric freezer!

  4. Lve the idea! And I am sure that this is much more cheaper than the stor bought ice cream maker containers. Thanks!

  5. I have always wanted to try this!

  6. I remember making icecream for our 4-H fundraisers – so yummy! Do you know if this technique would work for custard style? I am anxious to do this with my girls (2 & 11). Thanks for sharing!

    • Art Mama- Not sure about custard style…I’ve never tried it! If you try it out let us know how it goes! :)

      • We tried it out tonight with a vanilla custard. It took a good bit longer to freeze – 25 min then we put it in the freezer to set for a little while more. Tasty and fun none the less!

  7. Love this. This will be so fun with our kiddos. You always have such great stuff! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! :) -The Sisters

  8. I’ve always wanted to do this! We need to try it this weekend :) would love for you to link up this and other projects at

  9. This looks so fun & yummy, too!! Featuring it tomorrow night at the party! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Followed directions and not evn 5 min later the larger ziplock bag had small holes from ice…turned into one big mess! :(

    • Tracy- Sorry to hear that! We’ve actually never had the bags break on us. If that happens again, just toss them into another large Ziploc and keep shaking that should do the trick. You could also always do it in coffee cans (as mentioned above) also.

  11. We did this when Matthew was in preschool. I forgot about that – so fun!!

  12. What a cool idea! I’m totally doing this over the summer!

  13. This is so fun! I need to try it!

  14. I did this with my kids when they were younger and they loved it! We will have to try it again this summer!

  15. That looks so fun.. so when we are having the first Shake Your Own Homemade Ice Cream Contest?

  16. Tried this out the other night and it worked great! I too got bag punctures, however, I think it was from the packing tape getting too firm from the cold. We just double bagged it and it was fine. I was going to try and use this for an activity I’m helping to host for some girls ages 8-11 so I’m going to experiment with portion size. The measurements given in this recipe was enough for me, my husband and my little 2 year old. Also next time I might opt for duct tape instead to see if it is softer than the packing tape. Flavor was great, loved it! Thank you.

    • Holly- I’m so glad you had fun with it! Our boys love making this and it’s SO delicious! Great idea about using Duct Tape; we’ll have to give that a try next time! Thanks for sharing! :)


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