I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been pretty hot around here! Being a native Floridian, it doesn’t actually bother me that much, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some fun ways to stay cool. The sprinkler has been working a lot in the back yard to keep my kiddos cool and we’ve been making popsicles and lots of smoothies. But one of our favorite ways to stay cool this summer has been homemade ice cream! We don’t have an ice cream maker yet – this one and this one are definitely on the wishlist though. But we haven’t let our lack of technology deter us from making this classic summer treat. I seen this technique all over Pinterest for making ice cream in a ziplock bag. Really fun and safe for kids to do. And they can see the process of turning milk and cream into ice cream. Kind of like making butter in a jar…which is definitely on my list of old-fashioned homesteady things to do with my kids! How cool, right? My kids loved making this, and we’ve made a couple different flavors too, but this is my personal favorite.
Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cream
1/3 cup sweetener (honey, raw cane sugar, whatever your family likes to use)
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 gallon-sized ziplock bags
salt (rock salt probably works best, but I used coarse sea salt and it worked fine)
Step 1: Add all ingredients into a ziplock bag. Make sure most of the air is out and seal. Squish the bag around a bit to combine the ingredients.
Step 2: Add ice and salt to another ziplock bag. I used two trays of ice cubes and about a 1/4 cup of salt.
Step 3: Carefully put the first bag into the ice bag and move the ice around so the ice cream bag is mostly surrounded by the ice. Seal bag
Step 4: Wrap the bags with a towel, and shake for 5-10 minutes. It goes surprisingly fast!
Step 5: Open it up and dig in! Or you could put in a bowl first…
When you typically make things with a mint flavor you would normally use mint extract, which is fine, but I’ve found it’s difficult to find a real mint extract instead of the easy to find imitation. You could totally make your own mint extract, which is on my list of things to try, however that takes months! We all know we like to keep it real around here, especially when it comes to our food, and so for this recipe I used just 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil. That’s only $0.14! In addition to being able to make delicious ice cream with it, you can use Peppermint essential oil for:
- head tension relief
- muscle aches
- spider & ant repellent
- temperature reducer
- combine with lemon and lavender to relieve seasonal respiratory discomforts
- increased energy