Snow Ice Cream Recipe – Should You Eat Snow?

Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog or subscribers to my YouTube channel are most likely well aware that I share lots of wild game and fish recipes. I strive to eat as organically as possible by harvesting my own protein sources through hunting and fishing and I enjoy inspiring others to do the same. This blog and video is a bit of a departure, as I won’t be cooking any fish or wild game, but rather, I’ll be showing you how to make a tasty treat from what nature provides – snow ice cream! Additionally, we’ll also look at the health and safety issues of eating snow in general, as many folks have questions about those topics.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade! And when life gives you snow, make snow ice cream! Before I share with you a quick and easy snow ice cream recipe though, let’s first talk about eating snow in general. Many people ask, “Should you eat snow? Is it safe to eat snow? Is snow clean? What about drinking snow? Can you drink snow melt? Let’s have a look at some of those issues. Snow is primarily made out of water, and like any water source found in nature, it has the potential to be clean, healthy, and safe to drink, or it might be full of contaminants and should be filtered before consuming, or avoided altogether.

The safety and cleanliness of the snow you eat will depend largely on where you live. If you live in or near an industrial area or a big city that pumps lots of toxins into the air, then the snow that falls to the ground will no doubt be full of all kinds of nasty stuff that you most likely would not want in your body. Snowfall in suburban areas will be a little less polluted, but may still have significant levels of contaminants. The snow that falls to the ground in areas of pristine wilderness will obviously be much healthier, but even in those areas, the air is not always as pure and clean as you may think. Scientists have found pesticides in the air that was 30, 40, and even 50 years old in high elevation areas of places such as Alaska’s Denali Park and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. However, the levels were 100 times lower than what’s deemed safe for drinking water. This is generally the case with snow in most urban areas as well, that is, while you still may want to avoid it, the level of contaminates in freshly fallen snow is well below the level of being truly toxic when consumed in small amounts.

Tips For Harvesting and Eating Snow

As snow falls through the sky, the net-like structure of billions of snowflakes catches the pollutants in the air and scrubs the atmosphere clean. Thus, as health experts suggest, it’s best to wait till the snow has fallen for a few hours before consuming it, as the longer the snow falls, the lower the pollution levels. So again, wait an hour or two before harvesting your snow, only eat it in very small amounts, and make it a point to only get fresh, untouched snow from the cleanest environments possible. Obviously, don’t eat any yellow snow, don’t eat snow that’s been walked on, shoveled, or plowed, or that’s even near any shoveled, plowed, or high traffic areas. Also, avoid eating snow during windy days, as strong winds can mix all kinds of extra dirt and pollutants in with the snow. And finally, as with eating or drinking anything from nature, or even from your favorite restaurant for that matter, keep in mind that you untimely do so at your own risk.

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

So with all the health and safety issues out of the way, let’s get down to business and make some snow ice cream!

Snow Ice Cream

Serving Size – 4 people


  • 4 cups fresh snow
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 5 oz of sweetened condensed milk

Step #1

Harvest 4 cups of fresh snow and place in a large mixing bowl.

Step #2

Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Step #3

Add 5 ounces of sweetened condensed milk

Step #4

Mix thoroughly until an ice cream-like consistency is achieved and serve immediately!

Check out the video below to see more…