by Kelli Harris
This is a great recipe to make with children in a shady spot outside during the summer or to create in the winter months to go along with a cold weather theme.
You will need:
2 metal coffee cans with lids (1 small and 1 large)- cleaned and dried well
Ice cream salt or rock salt
1 eight pound bag of crushed ice (you will have leftover ice)
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of half and half
½ cup of sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Mix the milk, half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Pour ingredients into the small coffee can and put on lid. Secure lid with duct tape. Place the can inside the large coffee can. Layer the empty space with ice cream salt/rock salt and ice, beginning with the ice first. Fill space to the top, but allow enough space for lid. Place large lid on top of large can. Duct tape closed.
Have a group children sit in a circle and roll the coffee can on its side back and forth continuously for about 5-7 minutes. Open up the top. Drain the ice out of the large can. Wipe down the smaller can before opening, so not to get the ice cream salt/rock salt into the ice cream. Open the smaller can and you should see ice cream starting to form on the sides of the can. Scrape down the mixture from the sides with a rubber spatula. Put the lid back on and place back into the large can. Duct tape it again. Refill the empty space with more ice and ice cream salt/rock salt. Place the large lid on the can and duct tape it. Have the children roll it again just as they did previously for an additional 5-7 minutes.
When finished, remove the small can from larger can, wipe it off (removing any ice and salt) and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Throw away any used ice and iced cream salt/rock salt. Then wash and dry the large coffee can immediately (to avoid rusting) for another use.
After 30 minutes, remove ice cream from freezer and serve plain or with your favorite toppings. It will still be slightly softer than regular ice cream, but so delicious. Enjoy!
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