Homemade ice cream is a treat no matter where you are. But it’s an extra treat if you’re in an arid climate far away from home like the troops at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.
Thanks to the ingenuity of the USO and a little shaking action, those service members were treated to homemade ice cream.
Here’s a story from the official USO Blog and the recipe:
After hearing that the base cafeteria only served ice cream once a week, USO Camp Marmal staff members decided to start monthly homemade ice cream nights.
“We gave it a try and it’s been a big hit since then,” said USO Camp Marmal Center Manager Michael Eyassu.
With a few zip bags, milk, ice and a lot of shaking, troops can whip up a batch of homemade ice cream within a matter of minutes. USO Camp Marmal even provides service members with a number of syrups and toppings to enhance their homemade ice cream creations.
“Troops love it because it’s a fun and interactive event they can participate in with their fellow troops,” Eyassu said. “The end result is delicious, so it’s a win-win!”
If you want to try making homemade ice cream like the troops, check out the recipe below:
In a gallon zip bag:
1/2 cup salt
Ice to fill bag 2/3 of way full
In a quart zip bag:
1 cup of half and half
2 table spoons of vanilla extract
Flavored syrup (optional)
Place ice and salt in a large gallon zip bag. Set aside. Place half & half and vanilla in quart zip bag. Seal tightly and place inside gallon zip bag. Seal gallon zip bag. Shake until ice cream is solid or at consistency of your choice — roughly 10 minutes. Remove quart zip bag from gallon zip bag. Scoop contents of quart zip bag into bowl, add desired toppings and serve immediately.