Pinterest Hit or Miss: homemade ice cream

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. And nothing screams summer like ice cream.

In our next Pinterest “Hit” or “Miss” series, Jacki gave her kids their next summer assignment (no homework, just taste testing) to try out a few cool Pinterest recipes.

Bonus points: you don’t need an ice cream maker for any of them.

Swing #1: Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag. Summer. Ice Cream. Family. Kids. Fun. Outdoors.
A fun alternative to homemade ice cream and fun for the kids is Ice Cream in a Bag.

This idea combines fun and flavor. From the Growing a Jeweled Rose blog: “Kids love making ice cream in a bag because they can actually make the ice cream by running around.”

We’ve tried a slightly different variation before, Ice Cream in a Can, where you roll a can back and forth between two people. So we thought this would be fun. And it was. Definitely a “Hit.”

Ingredients:
• 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream or half and half
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 2 1/2 tsp. sugar
• 6 Tbsp. coarse kosher salt
• ice cubes

Directions:
Place the ingredients into a tightly sealed sandwich-sized bag, pressing the air out as you seal it. Place the bag into another tightly sealed sandwich bag. Fill a gallon-size bag half-way full of ice and mix with kosher salt. Then put the sealed sandwich-size bag into the larger bag and seal it. You can also double up the gallon-size bags as well, especially if you have little ones.
Then get moving. You need to shake the bag for about 5-10 minutes. You can run and play tag or toss the bag to each other. Or you can just stand and shake it.
Then enjoy. Eat it straight out of the bag or put it in a dish.

Swing #2: Jell-O Sherbet

Homemade Jell-O Sherbet. Summer. Ice Cream. Family. Kids. Fun.
Homemade Jell-O Sherbet

We’d never thought about making sherbet until this idea from SmartSchoolHouse.com. Hannah was in charge of this one and she really enjoyed making it. It’s very sweet but probably the best sherbet we’ve ever had. Just make sure the gelatin dissolves completely.

It calls for Junket ice cream mix, which we’d had never heard of, but found near the Jell-O section at the store. Also, we picked three flavors instead of four: Lemon, Berry Blue and Raspberry. Another “Hit.”

Ingredients:
• Junket Ice Cream Mix in Very Vanilla
• 1 1/4 C. whole milk
• 3/4 C. heavy whipping cream
• Jell-O: Berry Blue, Orange, Raspberry, Lime or whatever flavors you desire

Directions:
Place 4 glass bowls in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Combine the Junket Ice Cream Mix with the whole milk and heavy whipping cream. Stir until dissolved. Pour the mixture into a 9″ x 5″ pan and freeze until firm.
Once firm, break into chunks with a fork and put chunks into a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Remove the 4 glass bowls from the freezer and evenly separate the vanilla ice cream into each of the bowls using a spatula. Put 1/2 Tbsp. of the different Jell-O flavors in each bowl, one flavor per bowl, and gently mix with a spoon until fully combined. Do this as fast as you can to prevent the ice cream from melting.
Put the 4 different ice cream flavors in a container that can be sealed.
Gently use the back of a spoon or spatula to connect the 4 different piles of ice cream so they freeze as 1 piece. Put the lid on and let it freeze for about 1-2 hours before eating.

Swing #3: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Frozen Yogurt. Summer. Ice Cream. Family. Kids. Fun.
Homemade Frozen Yogurt

For a healthier fare, this Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from the Feel Great in 8 blog is perfect. It’s simple, quick and good for you.

Maybe because it’s not technically ice cream, this one wasn’t a favorite of ours. Not that it was bad. So maybe instead of a “Miss,” we’ll give it a “Foul Ball.” It could be a home run for some.

Ingredients:
• 4 C. frozen strawberries
• 3 Tbsp. honey
• 1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
• 1 Tbsp. lime juice

Directions:
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may need to add more juice. Then scoop and enjoy.

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