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Cooking with Kids: Making Ice Cream

Cooking with Kids: Making Ice Cream
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Ice Cream is Always the Answer

As we initially thought about this “Cooking with Kids” series for the summer, there was one item that we felt was a must. What would that be? ICE CREAM! What kid wouldn’t want to help make some ice cream, knowing they’d get to eat the end results? So, Meghan was fortunate that her parents still had an ice cream maker, the Waring Ice Cream Parlor, from when she was a kid.

The vanilla ice cream recipe we used is super easy to make. You’ll be able to put together the ingredients in such a short period of time that you’ll want to make it more often. Now, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, do not worry. You will make the same mixture and then pour it over a baking sheet. Then, put the sheet in the freezer until frozen.

What's a Go-To Food to Make in Your Home?

Our kids LOVE ice cream. I don’t know where it comes from. *Points directly at Travis* Making it is such a fun experience for them. Are there any food items, dessert or not, that your kids really love to eat, make, or both? Does it change based on the season?

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Check out pictures of the kids being involved and then find the recipe below.

Ice Cream Mix

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Additional Items, with this particular ice cream maker: Ice, water, and salt


1. Pour all of the ingredients into a container suited for your machine or a mixing bowl

2. Stir all of the ingredients together until all of the sugar has blended from the bottom

3. Start your ice cream maker* OR pour your ice cream mix onto your baking sheet

4. Mix for approximately 45 minutes to get to a fairly solid mix, if you’re using an ice cream machine

5. Transfer to the freezer for about three hours after mixing in the machine, or overnight without

Additional notes: *Add three layers of ice, salt, and water around the container holding the ice cream, placed inside of the maker, which helps freeze the ice cream as the container spins in this salty, ice water mix 

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