This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Ice Cream!

I like ice cream! Sadly, the stuff you buy in the store has a lot of junk in it. But really, what is ice cream? In its most basic form, it’s simply soft-frozen milk. Well, it just so happens we have milk coming from our goats! And so, we found a very simple ice cream making recipe using plastic bags, and thought we’d try it. We just needed some ice, rock salt (to super cool the milk), and some flavoring.

For our version of the recipe, we put a pint of chilled goat milk in a plastic quart-sized resealable bag, with 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and this time also some chocolate chip cookie dough chunks, and sealed the bag:

Goat Milk Ice Cream Mixture in Quart Freezer Bag

Then we filled a gallon freezer resealable bag about 1/3 full with ice, and added 6 tablespoons of rock salt:

Rock Salt and Ice in Freezer Bag for Goat Milk Ice Cream

And we put the quart bag with the milk mixture in the gallon bag, and sealed that:

Goat Milk Ice Cream Mixture Gallon Freezer Bag with Ice and Rock Salt

And then started shaking. We usually put a towel around it because it’s very cold:

Shaking Up the Goat Milk Ice Cream Mixture

We shook it a couple of minutes longer than the recommended 5 minutes, as it seems to help things freeze better. Et voila! Ice cream!

Here it is frozen in the bag, just after taking it out of the ice and salt:

Frozen Goat Milk Ice Cream Mixture

And then in the bowl:

Goat Milk Ice Cream in the Bowl

And then in our tummies!

Goat Milk Ice Cream Mixture in Our Tummies

While this is something of a luxury, it’s nice to be able to luxuriate generally from the provisions of the land, and in a much more healthy way. As always, we thank the Lord for His provisions!

— David


  1. Anonymous

    Very inventive, resourceful!

    When I was a child, my parents bought my brother and I, a small plastic hand cranked toy version of an Ice Cream Maker, that we enjoyed using often! I just tried finding it online, thinking it was maybe a "Hasbro" toy; and had to look with the title "Vintage toy ice cream makers", to find it or one very similar. Hmmm…gettin' old. Ha! It had a simple plastic (maybe 3 cup) barrel, with a crank handle on one side and a screw on lid about the size of a wide mouth jar on the other, which held the salt and ice. It sat sideways on a small plastic stand with a slotted hinged cover over the barrel and small round shaped resevoir below for the cream or milk to sit in. As we poured the milk into the slot and it was cranked, the cold barrel froze the cream making it stick to the barrel. After the layer of ice cream had thickened and used up most or all of the cream; the crank was turned in the reverse direction and the small scraper chute pushed against it, to dispense the "nummy" ice cream. Such fond memories! (and vintage ones at that!)

    When we get "true cows milk" I'll have to try your new found ziploc method, and enjoy the results.

    Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day!


  2. Anonymous

    Excellent post, too bad you can't share through the intertubes. Not that you would want to, but I might have to sneak a bite.


  3. David and Susan Sifford

    Beth, Thanks for the description of the ice cream device…sounds interesting.

    Todd, Come and visit and we might be able to make you some! 🙂

    — David

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