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Making Homemade Ice Cream

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Making your own ice creams gives you endless flavor possibilities. There are a number of different methods and devices for making homemade ice cream. This is a guide about making homemade ice cream.


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By 3 found this helpful
September 2, 2010


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon flavoring, opt.
  • 4 cups cream
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  • milk to fill can almost full


Separate eggs. Beat whites until stiff; then beat yolks. Add sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Fol in beaten egg whites. Add cream, milk and flavoring. Freeze. Makes 1 1/2 gallons.

For 1 gallon only: 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 cups cream 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring Mix just like the first recipe.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 27, 2010

From the early 1950's. It doesn't require cooking.




Add instant pudding to milk and beat in egg, adding the powdered sugar a little at a time to blend together. Add in whipping cream and half and half, mixing all the time. Stir in vanilla. Pour into freezer can that has been chilled (just stick it empty,into the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours). Follow ice cream freezer directions. Use rock salt and plenty of ice in layers to the top of the freezer. Be sure NOT to get salt in the top of the freezer.

After the ice cream is firm, take out the paddle, replace the lid , cover with ice and layers of newspapers and dish towels for an hour or two to harden. You can put left overs in freezer containers. Enjoy!

Servings: Depends on how big they are and how many want "seconds".
Time:20-30 Minutes Preparation Time
cranking time? electric about 30-45 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: DH's mom

By Great Granny Vi

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March 8, 20060 found this helpful


  • 3 cups (1 - 1/2 pints) half and half
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
  • 1 cup pureed or mashed strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • red food coloring, optional


In ice cream freezer container, combine all ingredients; mix well.

Follow freezer instructions. Freeze leftovers.

Vanilla Ice Cream: Omit fruit and food coloring. Decrease half and half to 2 cups; add 2 cups unwhipped whipping cream. Increase vanilla to 2 Tbsp. Proceed as above.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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By 1 found this helpful
February 5, 2012
This ice cream will stay soft and it contains no eggs.


  • 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups whole milk
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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Optional: Fruits, nuts, crushed cookies, candies, etc. You can also vary flavors by subsituting part of the vanilla with other flavors.


Soak 2 envelopes Knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Heat 2 cups milk just to boil point. Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture. Add sugar, vanilla and salt. Cool mixture, then add 2 cups cream.

Freeze in electric 1 gallon ice cream maker. (It will only be half full, but will whip up and expand to make 1 gallon.) Transfer to a freezer safe container with an air tight lid and store in freezer.

The gelatin is the key to the softness.

Servings: 16 - 8oz servings

By MSDoc from USA

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March 7, 20060 found this helpful


  • 1 quart whole milk (or enough to fill freezer after all ingredients are in the freezer)
  • 2 quarts half and half
  • 1 pint whipping cream
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  • 1 lb. box powdered sugar
  • 1 package instant pudding (vanilla or your favorite)
  • 4 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 - 6 eggs (safer now to use Egg Beaters.)


Mix well and pour in Ice Cream freezer. Follow instruction on your maker. When the ice cream is done pile more ice and rock salt on top of freezer and cover with several sheets of newspapers and a terry towel to hold in the cold for about 15-20 minutes to have firmer Ice Cream.

For other flavors try using 1 Tbsp. vanilla and 2 - 3 Tbsp. of whatever flavor extract you are making.

Add fresh fruit peach, strawberry, banana, cherries etc.

Chocolate pudding with a tablespoon of cocoa powder. (Mix with just enough hot water to dissolve lumps. Cool before adding to mix.) Mix in mini chocolate chips or chopped brownies after the ice cream is done. You can use crushed peppermint candies, chopped nuts and syrups, fudge toppings. Also warm up jelly - jam as a fast topping. Now you can get the sugar free syrups used in coffee shops to flavor coffee/tea/soda. Smart N Final has the best prices on them.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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February 15, 20060 found this helpful

Beat together eggs, yolks, salt, and 1/2 of the sugar. Heat remaining sugar, milk, and cream, stirring until sugar is dissolved and bubbles form around the edge of the pan...

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By 0 found this helpful
August 13, 2008

Combine first 3 ingredients in large bowl, mixing well. Add cream and chocolate syrup. Combine pudding mix with 2-3 cups milk in bowl. Add to cream mixture. Pour into 1 1/2 gallon ice cream freezer container. Add salt, vanilla and pecans.

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March 7, 2006

Mix together well and pour into freezer and CRANK! Let stand in freezer for about 15-20 minutes to firm up...

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February 16, 20060 found this helpful

Mix dry ingredients; add margarine and blend over low heat. Add milk and boil 10 minutes. Watch carefully that the mixture does not scorch. Cool. Add vanilla...

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By 0 found this helpful
February 1, 2012

I make a lot of ice cream and it is really yummy, but it is always hard to scoop out of the plastic container therefore sometimes splitting the container. I know there is a secret to soft ice cream, so could anyone tell me how to make my ice cream soft?

By R Farrow


February 3, 20120 found this helpful
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For soft ice cream like Dairy Queen:

Soak 2 envelopes Knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Heat 2 cups milk just to boiling point. Remove from heat, add gelatin. Add 2 cups sugar, 2 t vanilla, 1 t salt. Cool mixture, then add 2 cups cream. Freeze in electric 1 gallon ice cream maker. It will only be half full, but will whip up and expand to make 1 gallon. The gelatin is the key to the softness.

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March 25, 20070 found this helpful

How do you make ice cream?



March 26, 20070 found this helpful

Find a good recipe it should include ingredients such as: Cream or whole milk, sugar, salt, flavoring or fruit and some include eggs, but i don't use the ones that do. Put into a ice cream maker or if you don't have one a Ziploc bag or bowl will work too. Mix your ingredients well, pour into quart size Ziploc bag seal tight, you may even want to tape it shut. Fill large gallon size bag with ice and rock salt, put the quart size into the bag with the ice. Seal the gallon bag. and shake well. You want to keep agitating the bag until ice cream thickens, should take a while, so you may want to trade off with other people while doing this.

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

oops sorry

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March 27, 20070 found this helpful

My favorite is peach ice cream. I have one of those 20 dollar machines from Walmart and have made it twice. HOWEVER, you have to buy a lot of rock salt and ice to get it going. I have a gift certificate to William Sonoma that I am going to use to buy this freezer ball contraption that you store in the freezer and then when ready put your ingrediants in it and makes it quickly.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 30, 20070 found this helpful

Purchase an electric icecream machine that comes with gel - filled freezable bowls. (I have one made by Cuisinart. About $40.oo American.) Comes with recipes. You just pre-freeze your bowl. Mix together ingredients, dump mixture into frozen bowl and turn on machine. 20 mins. later you have homemade icecream! (No need for ice or rock salt, or churning.) SUPER EASY! SUPER YUMMY!!!

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

I would like to have a recipe for a low fat ice cream to make in the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment. Can anyone help me? I would really appreciate it.

By Carolyn M


January 13, 20120 found this helpful

Suggest you go to & type in "low fat ice cream recipes". I found these 2 sites right immediately:

http://www.eati  memade_ice_cream

http://chowhoun  om/topics/640206

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January 14, 20120 found this helpful

Raspberry Butter-milk sherbert

2 cups fruit fresh or frozen
1 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extact

Mix together in blender or food processor

The original recipe came from Southern Living Mag about a million years ago. I use powdered buttermilk because I never have any fresh in my fridge. We use this in a cruisanart ice cream maker so I don't know how it will work in anything else. Anne from North Carolina

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By 0 found this helpful
April 25, 2011

How long does it take to make homemade ice cream?

By Dede


April 27, 20110 found this helpful

We make ice cream in our electric ice crean maker a lot. It usually takes around twenty minutes for the ice cream to make. It is usually the right consistancy, but will get firmer if kept cold in the ice water (water that forms as ice melts).

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September 2, 20100 found this helpful

I grew up on this stuff! We had it all spring and summer almost every weekend. Definitely a family favorite, especially my dad!


  • 1 qt. whole milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 small cans Pet milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • milk to fill freezer


Scald milk. Beat eggs; add sugar and beaten eggs to milk. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes (until mixture coats spoon). Cool overnight if possible, then add Pet milk and vanilla. Add enough milk to fill freezer about 3 inches from top. Freeze.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

How do I make homemade vanilla ice cream?

By toolipps from Orlando, FL


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe or search for your question, good luck. (08/29/2009)

By kffrmw88

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe


  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cans Pet Milk
  • 1 can water (use milk can)
  • 1 Tbsp. Watkins Brand Vanilla
  • 1 gallon Milk
  • Ice - 1 large bag or 2 small bags
  • Large box of Rock Salt

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add sugar, stir until thoroughly mixed. Add canned milk, water and vanilla flavoring. Add some milk while mixing. Pour mixture into Ice Cream canister. Add milk to canister to the FILL line inside of canister.

Put canister into freezer. Layer ice, rock salt, ice, etc. Keep adding ice and salt as freezer is running as the ice will melt some. When motor slows and then stops - you've got Ice Cream!

By JohnLuse

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Here is a quick and easy vanilla ice cream recipe that my kids like.


  • 1/2 cup light cream,
  • small tin of condensed milk,
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until smooth then freeze. (09/01/2009)

By rjwilcox

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful


  • 8 cups milk, divided
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries (optional)


In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups milk to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat egg YOLKS; add remaining milk and mix well. Combine 2 cups sugar, cornstarch, and salt; gradually add egg mixture.

Add this to hot milk and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour into a clean bowl and set aside. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, gradually add remaining sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat this until stiff peaks form. Fold into warm milk mixture. Beat in vanilla and cream until well mixed. Refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Garnish with cherries if desired. YIELD: 3 1/2 Quarts

By Sharon, KY

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

This is a recipe for quick, but great Homemade Ice Cream that can be used with any electric or manual ice cream maker.

Fill container with the following:

  • 1 - 14 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp. of vanilla flavor
  • 1 1/2 pint of Half and Half (found in dairy section)
  • 1 cup of fruit (peaches/strawberries/none if you want vanilla)

Close container and add ice and let the ice cream maker do the rest. Comes out great every time and is great with cake! Guaranteed the best ever.

By Anitra

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

Easy and simple ingredients.

Whip together well. Then line a casserole dish with plastic wrap enough to cover top as well, and freeze. It will be the best, creamiest homemade ice cream you have ever eaten. Enjoy!

By John from Tasmania, Australia

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

I have only tasted and loved, but never have made, homemade ice cream in a maker before. Does anyone know how to prevent that quick-melting drawback homemade ice cream has? Also, I want to use organic ingredients. Does anyone see any drawback to that? I know it can be frozen quickly in the fridge, but I remember it melting before it got to my bowl. What did my family do wrong so I might improve upon it? Any guaranteed recipes and techniques? God bless all ice cream lovers!

Lynda from TX


Homemade Ice Cream Advice

I'm not sure about the organic ingredients but I use 2% milk and a friend uses 1%, so you may not have any problem switching to the organics. We hand crank ice cream almost every weekend. When we've determined that it's done, we leave it sit for about ten to 15 more minutes in the ice bucket. That last sitting helps to harden it up very well. (09/28/2006)

By Amy

Homemade Ice Cream Advice

Store bought ice cream sometimes contains gelatin so it doesn't melt the same as home-made. They also have high powered churns and freezers that don't freeze quite the same as home-made. Raw goats milk makes fantastic ice cream. I know a lady that makes coffee flavored goat's milk ice cream that taste like Starbucks frozen coffee. Play around with your freezing time and different flavors (like instant coffee!) and see if you don't like it better. (09/28/2006)

By Carla

Homemade Ice Cream Advice

I used organic heavy cream and my ice cream never hardens in while turning. Is this the reason? I placed it in the freezer to see if I can save it, but it looks like milk. (06/25/2007)

By Rebecca

Homemade Ice Cream Advice

I always use organic ingredients and it turns out great. As for getting firm ice cream, it should come out of the maker like a firm-ish soft-serve. Then freeze in your freezer, airtight, for 2-4 hours for perfect texture (or eat soft out of maker).

If it is not coming out soft-serve consistency from the machine, then try chilling the mixture in the fridge BEFORE adding it to the machine. Also, if using ice and salt you may need more rock salt.

If using a pre-freeze gel canister, especially an inexpensive model, you may just need to upgrade your machine. Machines with compressors in them are the absolute best but expensive. In my opinion, though, a bucket style using ice and rock salt is superior to a gel-can.

As Amy mentions, the hand, or electric cranked ice/salt types can also harden right in the maker. Just make sure there is plenty of hard (unmelted) ice and cover the unit with newspaper or towels for a couple of hours. Perfect!

good luck! (10/01/2008)

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

Have you ever wondered if there was a healthful alternative to the sugar and preservative filled ice cream you buy in the supermarkets? If you have or if you would truly like to try homemade ice cream then this is for you.

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August 10, 20080 found this helpful
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