Homemade Ice Cream

Have you looked at the ingredient list on your ice cream container lately?  Recognize anything?  Aside from a very select few brands, store-bought ice cream is filled with unnecessary, unhealthy and unpronounceable ingredients.

Here’s an easy solution…  make your own!  Keep an eye out for ice cream freezers on Craigslist or at garage sales this summer, and prepare to make your own frozen treats.  It’s easier than you think!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 quart half & half
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 2-3 tsp. vanilla
  • milk
  • ice cream salt (rock salt)
  • ice

Blend eggs, sugar, half & half, whipping cream, and vanilla.  Pour into ice cream freezer.  Pour in milk to fill line on freezer bucket; mix with freezer paddle.  (Mine is a 5 quart freezer.  I use about 1 quart milk.)  Follow manufacturer’s directions to freeze, layering ice and rock salt around freezer.

Our favorite variations ~ cut the sugar by 1/2 to 1 cup and add one of the following:

  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 1-2 cups strawberries in syrup
  • strawberries and bananas
  • 2-3 chopped candy bars
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • chopped oreo cookies

The possibilities are endless!

Do you make your own homemade ice cream? What is your favorite variation?

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  1. We always make our own — allergies forced us to make that change. But, I LOVE homemade ice cream — would have it hands down any day over store bought.

    Vanilla is our favorite (you can find our recipe on joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com) — excellent by ourselves and versatile to add to!

  2. we enjoy homemade ice cream a lot, a friend suggested that ice cream maker that doesn’t need rock salt

  3. We LOVE homemade ice cream. My mom’s recipe is the best! Mmm, making me hungry 🙂

  4. I haven’t made homemade icecream for a long time, but man that sure looks yummy!

  5. Yummo!! Love homemade vanilla. Great recipe.

  6. My husband bought me the Kitchen Aid ice cream bowl for Christmas. It’s made some great ice cream for us. My favorite ones are vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough and lemon sherbet! Yum!:)

  7. I was just eyeing up my ice cream maker and thinking I would get it out soon. Chocolate is my favorite but I really love homemade Blueberry Cheesecake! Yum!

  8. For anyone that loves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They actually have a recipe book that has A LOT of their flavors. I checked it out from the library last year and quickly wrote down several recipes. I love the Cherry Garcia!!!

  9. We love homemade ice cream. I have the ice cream freezer bowl for the KItchenAid and make all kinds of variations. Cake mix, chocolate, mint chocolate chip. It’s all good! 😀


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