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One of the quintessential pieces of summer is ice cream, so why not send summer off with some of the fresh home-made treat this Labor Day weekend?  You don’t need an ice cream maker, or hours of time.  This home-made ice cream took me five minutes last night and was every bit as delicious as the stuff your grandma makes. It’s no-cook, no machine, and deceiving delicious.

Keep reading for full instructions!

The base of the ice cream is simple (adapted from Southern Living):

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean seeds (or paste)
  • 2 cups whole milk

Whisk all of these ingredients together and place in a gallon freezer bag.  In another gallon freezer bag, fill it 1/2 full with ice and six tablespoons of coarse salt. Make sure the ice cream bag is securely sealed and place it inside of the ice-filled freezer bag.  Seal the outer bag and cover the entire thing in a kitchen towel (it gets really cold). Shake the bags for five minutes.

That’s all.  Literally.  You just shake a bag for five minutes and then enjoy amazing homemade ice cream.  It seems too good to be true, but it’s not!

This would be so much fun to do with kids and they can all add in their own ‘mix-in’s’ to the base – chocolate chips, pretzels, strawberries… I could go on. What do you think?  Will you give it a try?

Have a great Tuesday!


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  • Wha!! So easy!! SERIOUSLY doing this before the weather gets cold on me.

  • wow! what a simple process – thanks for sharing!

  • Oooooh…this looks so yummy! AND easy! Thanks so much for this post. And you take AMAZING pics!

  • I’ve always been a bit sad about missing out on homemade ice cream, because I don’t have a machine. This is exactly what I needed!

  • YUM! I am absolutely obsessed with vanilla beans, so I’m pretty sure I would go crazy over this recipe! Might have to try this, thanks!

  • It’s so funny because I have an ice cream maker, but I don’t always want to make that big of a batch. I would totally make it this way. It reminds me of girl scouts when we made butter =)

    – Sarah

  • That seriously sounds too good to be true! I can’t wait to try it out!

    The Glossy Life

  • So super easy and that’s just what I need with life at the moment – thank you! 🙂

  • This does sound too good to be true… But I am thinking of trying it tonight!!I’ve always been put off of making ice cream because I thought it would be too time-consuming. This looks easy and delicous!

  • I never tried homemade ice-cream before. But you make it sounds so easy and simple… bookmarking it now to try it for myself! 🙂

  • I have a MAJOR weakness for ice cream, and have been meaning to buy myself a little ice cream maker so I could try my hand at making it at home (like I did when I was little with my family). I can’t believe how easy this is! Will definitely have to try this ASAP. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • This sounds too good to be true…and I’m scared that if I try it, it will become a daily problem 😉

  • Genius! Am making this tonight.

  • That looks delish! I just moved to the area and am enjoying reading your blog! Check mine out if you have a minute

  • My boys will LOVE this! Especially the shaking (well, and the eating!)

  • Too cold outside for ice cream now, bit this looks fun and yummy. I want to save it.