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Homemade Ice Cream | No Ice Cream Maker

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Homemade Ice Cream is a no-churn ice cream that you can make without an ice cream maker. It creates a delicious no-churn vanilla ice cream that you can eat plain or top with your favorite toppings.

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Homemade ice cream is a fun treat on a hot summer day. For the longest time I have wanted an ice cream maker but the frugal person in me says why in the world buy a gadget just to make one food item? Not to mention, do I want to give up what little real estate I have in my kitchen to store yet another gadget? That’s a hard no. So in this day in age of being able to throw any item you want in a cart and hit a button to buy, I decided to do a little experimenting instead.

I do realize the temptation of throwing that ice cream maker into the amazon cart and being well on your way to enjoying that delicious homemade dessert. It is a hard one to pass on. But let me stop you there! You can make decent ice cream with few ingredients and nothing more than a whisk and a bowl with a lid. Yes, sounds unbelievable. Yet below you will find everything you need to create a homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker.

Why I Love This Recipe

As the summer goes on, there really are a few essentials that need to be done each year in order to have a proper summer. Of course, there are the swim days. The BBQs and outdoor movie nights. Weather permitting. But there are also the fun little things we get to do with our kids, just because. Those small projects that we can do right in the middle of a weekday just because. Like making a homemade ice cream that is so simple, the kids can help.

I love this recipe because not only is it a straightforward recipe and method for creating no-churn ice cream. It’s a fun project to do during hot summer days with the kids. Resulting in a tasty vanilla ice cream that is pretty close to the real thing.

What You’ll Need To Make It

2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups of milk

2/3 cup of organic sugar

1/8 tsp of sea salt

3 tsp vanilla extract

Tools You May Need

Glass Bowl With Lid

32 Oz Mason Jar

Long Neck Spoons

Directions:

In a bowl or large mixing jar (like what I am using here), combine all the ingredients.

mixing together ice cream ingredients

Pour into a glass bowl with a lid or a 1-liter mason jar works too. Place in the freezer for 90 minutes.

pouring ice cream mixture into a glass container

Take out and stir well making sure to scrape the sides. Place the lid back on and put it back in the freezer for 1 hour.

whisking ice cream mixture

Take out and repeat the previous step. Place back into the fridge for another hour.

whisking ice cream mixture

Take out the ice cream, stir and repeat if necessary to get the consistency you like.

stirring ice cream around glass dish

This homemade ice cream is usually ready by the 3 1/2 to 4-hour mark.

homemade ice cream in glass dish
scooping ice cream
home made ice cream in a glass bowl

Tips

  • It is best to use whole milk or higher fat milk for a creamier consistency.
  • Be sure to not allow the ice cream to freeze all the way through. Set a timer.
  • Mix the ingredients well, I like to use a whisk.
  • Use an air-tight lid.

Summer Time Serving Suggestions

  • Serve in small chilled mason jars with long-neck spoons and fresh berries.
  • Use to make a sundae bar with chocolate sauce and ice cream toppings.
  • Use to make homemade milkshakes.
  • Perfect for root beer floats.

FAQ

What type of consistency does this homemade ice cream have?

It’s not exactly as smooth as churned ice cream and it does not work well for an ice cream cone. However, the flavor is spot on vanilla and the consistency works well for topping or eating plain in a bowl.

Can I use this recipe to make other flavors?

To create other flavors, I find using extracts works great. If you didn’t already know you can find strawberry extract and mint extracts. Both have worked great for me when making other flavors for this recipe.

In the future, I will try adding in berries to see how that comes out and will update the post when done. But there is no harm in experimenting with it. Either way, you will wind up with a frozen treat that will be fun for the kids to try out. So go for it and if you find a combination that works, I hope you will let me know in the comments!

How Long Does This Keep?

Unfortunately, homemade ice cream won’t keep for days on end. It will need to be eaten when ready. Otherwise, prolonged amounts of time in the freezer will cause the mixture to become too icy and even freeze all the way through.

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home made ice cream in a glass bowl

Home Made Ice Cream | No Ice Cream Maker

Yield: 7 servings
Prep Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours

a creamy, sweet vanilla ice cream

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup of organic sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Pour into a glass bowl with a lid or a 1-liter mason jar works too.
  3. Place in the freezer for 90 minutes.
  4. Take out and stir well making sure to scrape the sides.
  5. Place the lid back on and put it back in the freezer for 1 hour.
  6. Take out and repeat the previous step.
  7. Place back into the fridge for another hour.
  8. Take out the ice cream, stir and repeat if necessary to get the consistency you like. Ice Cream is usually ready by the 3 1/2 to 4-hour mark.

Notes

A fun way to serve your ice cream is in a frosted mason jar with a long neck spoon and fresh berries.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g

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