ice cream

Make your own ice cream for National Ice Cream Day!

To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, why not try to make your own ice cream with ingredients from your local Illinois dairy farmers?  Thanks to local dairy farmers like Tammy Wakely and Karen Bohnert who make ice cream a creamy, delicious reality. 

From our families to yours, enjoy the food on your table!


  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • Ice cubes


  • Small re-sealable plastic bag
  • Large re-sealable plastic bag
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic spoon


  1. Put sugar, vanilla, and milk into small plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and properly seal.
  2. Put salt into large plastic bag. Drop the small bag into the large plastic bag with salt in it. Add 18-20 ice cubes. Remove as much air as possible from the large bag and properly seal.
  3. Knead the bag for approximately 10 minutes, making sure ice in the larger bag surrounds the smaller bag.
  4. When a soft ice cream is formed, remove small bag from large bag, open and eat right out of bag with a plastic spoon.
For extra fun, add fresh seasonal fruit or other favorite ice cream toppings!
It is important to use whole milk. Other types of milk take too long to freeze. Salt is also very important. Without it, the ice cream will not freeze. One pint of half and half can be added to a gallon of milk. This makes the ice cream richer and freezes faster.
This is a fun recipe for kids to make themselves; just be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand!