Making an arctic blast

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Now that the weather’s getting warmer, ice cream will be on the minds of more and more little ones. Who are you kidding? You’re thinking about a cool treat as well. Enjoying this summer staple can be more than going to the store and grabbing a carton.
Make ice cream with your kids! It doesn’t take a lot. All you need are some food storage bags, half and half or milk, sugar, vanilla, ice, rock salt and five minutes!
First, fill half of a quart size food storage bag with ice and add 6 tablespoons of rock salt. Then seal the bag. Next, put ½ cup of milk or half and half, 1 tablespoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla in a sandwich size food bag and seal it. Place the mall bag inside the large one, and reseal it.
Now it’s time to shake it!
Put on some music and dance around while shaking the bag. It should take about five minutes for the ingredients in the smaller bag to become ice cream.
While your hands might be cold during this process, the ice actually gets a little bit warmer before the ice cream becomes ice cream.
But how does it work?
The outer bag, the one with the rock salt and ice, becomes super cold when mixed together. Salt makes the ice melt, like when we use it on snowy roads. Basically, it heats it up because the combination drops the freezing temperature of ice, making it extra cold. By heating up the ice, a super cold environment starts to surround smaller bag. That super cold environment allows the milk, sugar and vanilla to freeze into delicious, home-made ice cream!
This extra cold method could be intense for the hands of your little ones. Have gloves or a towel handy to put around the bag while they are shaking it just in case. Once you’ve got ice cream inside, take the small bag out, wipe it off to get the salt off and put your fresh ice cream in a bowl and enjoy!
We like to add yummy toppings like fresh strawberries or a bit of honey on top. So have your favorite tasty topping ready as well!
You’re enjoying a treat that’s been around for so many years!
Where ice cream came from is debated.
It all started with ice-based treats. A frozen mixture of milk and rice was enjoyed in China around 200 B.C. The Roman Emperor Nero, 37 – 68 B.C., is said to have ice brought from the mountains and mixed with fruit—a delicious delicacy. Ice cream was really popular in the desert.
Arabs were among the first to use milk as a main ingredient in the frozen treat. They sweetened it with sugar, rather than fruit juices.
Making ice cream got easier in 1846, when Nancy Johnson invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn. The invention made it easier to get the cold treat. But bowls were still required until 1904, when at the St. Louis World Exposition, an ice cream vendor who ran out of dishes improvised by rolling up waffles to make cones. That’s where we get waffle cones.


Published by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

Professional Chef, Two Time Award-Winning Book Author, Former Academic Director from Le Cordon Bleu, and Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

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