Making Homemade Ice Cream



  • 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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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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April 25, 2019

When making ice cream with heavy whipping cream how do I get rid of the waxy or buttery stuff. It is very unpleasant. The taste is great, but the waxy stuff isn't.


April 26, 20190 found this helpful

This recipe includes sweetened condensed milk, which gives a good texture.

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March 25, 2007

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 Jill from Iowa (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, 2012

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.

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January 13, 20120 found this helpful

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

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April 25, 2011

How long does it take to make homemade ice cream?

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

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How do I make homemade vanilla ice cream?

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