Making “Kinda” Homemade Ice Cream

Having a baby and a toddler gives a whole new meaning to “Sunday Funday”. Mimosas & late brunches have been replaced with gallons of coffee & 6am wake up calls from two tiny humans. Well, come to think of it, mimosa brunches were always on Saturdays, as Sundays we’ve always gone to church, but that’s besides the point. The point is, we decided to make “kinda” homemade ice cream with the kids! Nothing sounds more perfect on a hot summer afternoon than yummy ice cream! (My husband would like me to point out that it’s probably more well known as camping ice cream, but that’s only because that’s when he would make it when he was little.)

Ok so if you’d like to recreate what we did, you’ll need:
1) One big standard size paint can and a smaller paint can. You can buy these (obviously new and unused) over at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Make sure the smaller one can fit comfortably inside the big one.
2) Whole milk.
3) Powdered ice cream mix (we got ours at Target).
4) Rock salt.
5) Ice. Lots and lots of ice.


Wash the cans with soap and water just to be safe. Then follow the instructions on the ice cream packet and mix in the smaller can. Shake and hammer down the lid so it is all sealed shut. You can duct tape this if you want to be super sure it won’t spill. Then put the small paint can into the larger paint can. Add the ice and 1/2 cup rock salt and fill all the way to the top and seal the big paint can up too. Feel free to duct tape this too if you want. I’m generally a worrier so I was emphatic on adding the tape. Once it’s all sealed, feel free to shake and roll away! Adult supervision throughout this entire process is key! A few things to notate here: 1) the can is heavy, so only an adult should be the one shaking this thing. It’d be so sad (and painful) if this was dropped on a toe, ouch! 2) again, the can is heavy! When rolling it either on a table, or kicking at it like it’s a soccer ball (my toddler’s technique of choice) make sure an adult is literally monitoring the entire process. Shake, rattle and roll this can of frosty deliciousness for about 20 minutes. If for some reason your ice cream isn’t the texture you want, seal all of it back up and keep rolling. To open, you’ll need a paint can pry or flat head screw driver. Just like if you were opening a normal can of paint.


We were super stoked to see if ours was ready and peeked early, around 15 minutes in, and it was more ice cream shake (though super delicious) so we sealed it back up and gave it about five more minutes. Then we opened it up and served before it melted because it was in the 90s again this weekend! And there you have it folks! Relatively easy, “kinda” homemade ice cream. With an adult present (and doing the vast majority of this whole process), it’s a blast for the whole family! My toddler seriously got such a kick (ha! See what I did there?) out of it. Definitely a summer tradition we will keep up. Enjoy!


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Nicole Benedum has been a stay at home mom for the past 3 years. Before she took on this glorious (and sometimes not so glorious) role of "All Things Motherhood", she was a Human Resources Generalist. Her days were spent dealing with legal compliance, benefits, leave of absences and everything Human Resources related. Now her days are spent breastfeeding, changing diapers, conquering potty training, tantrums and sleepless nights. She has two kiddos; a 2 year old toddler named Emily, and a baby boy named Owen. She met her husband, Sam, in college when they were both on the swim team, and they have been together ever since. She is a huge breastfeeding advocate, gentle/crunchy parent (for the most part) and a former student athlete (water polo and swimming, woot woot!) both in high school and in college. At some point in the future she has dreams of going back to the gym and/or pool. For now she shall continue counting breastfeeding and holding a 35 pound toddler and 15 pound baby as her workouts.
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