No need to purchase an ice cream maker! Here are four easy ways to make frozen treats at home. Get creative – add toppings and mix-ins of your choosing for even more flavor.

Mason Jar Ice Cream

Half fill a Mason Jar with whipping cream then add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and 2 tbs. of sugar. Shake until all of the ingredients are well mixed, cover with wet tissue and refrigerate. Source:

Coffee Can Ice Cream

Empty and clean metal coffee cans and the lids. One 12-16 ounce size and the other 2-3 pound size. The 12-16 size must be able to fit inside of the larger coffee can with a bit of room all the way around it. Inside the smaller coffee can, mix up the milk, whipping cream, sugar and vanilla. Secure the lid on the small can with duct tape. Place the smaller can into the center of the larger can. Place crushed ice all around the small can and pour rock salt on the ice. Cover the large can with duct tape and lid. Roll the can around on the floor for about 15 minutes. Drain off the water from the large can and place the smaller can inside the larger can again. Repeat with the ice and rock salt as previously. Roll can on floor for another 15 minutes, open and serve. Source:

Two-Ingredient Ice Cream

This recipe could not be easier—all you need is 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk (fat-free or regular) and 2 cups of whipping cream. Both ingredients need to be chilled. First, beat heavy cream on medium in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer) until stiff peaks form. Turn down the speed and pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream. Then, turn up the machine speed again and whip until your mixture is thick. This is the ice cream base and any flavors can be added (candy, cookies, cake pieces, fruit, etc.). Place in a sealed container and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight before eating. Source:

The Plastic Bag Method

½ cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A lot of ice
6 tablespoons rock salt
One gallon sized freezer bag
One smaller freezer bag

In the smaller bag, combine cream, milk, sugar and vanilla. Remove as much air as possible from bag, before sealing tight. Fill the larger bag halfway with ice. Add salt over the ice and mix to help distribute the salt. Place the bag of ice cream mixture inside and seal the larger bag. Shake the bag continuously for 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture become firmer. Use a kitchen towel or oven mitts to protect your hands from the cold. Remove the ice cream filled bag from the ice, wipe the bag clean from salt and scoop out the ice cream to serve. Source:

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