As part of the Ziploc® Fresh 180 program, Ziploc® challenged my family to see how we could survive spending NO money for a weekend. Can Your Family Survive a No-Spend Weekend? We never shop on Sundays so that was pretty easy, we just went to church and did a family dinner like normal. Saturday the weather was nice so the kids wanted to play outside, it was one of the first sunny days we’ve had this spring. The kids laid in the hammock, played tag, dug in the mud for worms and had a great time enjoying the sunshine.
We spread a blanket out on the grass and had a snack. The kids wanted to pack a picnic lunch even though we were right in our own backyard. The girls made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with lots of extra jelly and put them in Ziploc® Brand Bags, and the boys put bbq chips and gold fish crackers in snack bags. They put it all in a backpack and marched outside like they were heading up a mountain side… only to stop in the middle of the yard and enjoy their hard work.
I had a surprise for them! We often go out for ice cream on Saturday nights. But since this was a No-Spend Weekend, we made our own ice cream. We made ice cream in a bag, I learned to make it when I was a little girl in my Blue Bird Troop, it was part of earning our cooking badge. It is a fun way to make a tasty treat!
Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag
You will need (makes 5, 1/2 cup servings):
- 2 cups heaving whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Fruit to flavor your ice cream(optional)
- 8 cups of ice
- 5 tablespoons of salt
- 5 Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bag
- 10 Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bag or Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag
Put the heavy whipping cream, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla into a bowl and mix well till the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 cup of the ice cream mixture into each small snack bag. Squeeze out any extra air, zip them shut. Place the snack bag inside a sandwich bag, zip closed and take out any air in the bag. The double bag will help keep the salt water out of your ice cream. You can add fruit if you want, but it seems to set up better without the fruit. We made one with strawberries and one with black berries, the other 3 were just plain vanilla.
Shake your bags of for 8-10 minutes, the faster you shake them the thicker your ice cream will be. It is best to do this outside, as the ice starts to melt and makes a bit of a mess. It is a good idea to have a little extra ice on hand too. On a hot day the ice will melt much faster, you need to have lots of ice in order for the ice cream to freeze.
After 10 minutes of shaking you should have “soft serve” ice cream ready to eat. Take the snack bag out, wash it off to get rid of any salt water that might be on the bag. You can eat it as is, or put in the freezer for another hour or 2 to help it thicken up even more.
We didn’t wait, we ate it right away and the kids loved every bite. They even asked if we could do it again next week instead of going out to eat ice cream. I guess they decided that a No-Spend Weekend was not such a bad idea.
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