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My family’s homemade ice cream

When I was growing up, every now and then my parents would make a batch of homemade ice cream. It was usually some sort of special occasion, as firing up the ice cream maker and buying the ingredients took quite a bit more effort than swinging by Baskin Robins. Back in the day they used to have $1 cone Tuesdays. Anyways, for me homemade ice cream is not only delicious, but it reminds me of celebrations from my childhood. Waiting in the garage with my brother (we put the machine in the garage because it was super noisy),  going with my mom to the store to pick up the necessary supplies, and debating with my dad if the ice cream was ready for eating are all fond memories that come rushing to my mind when I get a spoon full of that sweet creamy treat!

Homemade ice cream is actually pretty easy. I think people are discouraged from making it, as the thought of buying an ice cream maker can seem a bit intimidating. However, like I explained in a recent post, you can find an ice cream maker on Amazon for under $40 (this is actually the exact one that I use). If you’re planning to go pro and open up your own ice cream shop, then you may want to invest in a higher quality model, but for those of us home cooks the Nostalgia Electrics ice cream maker will definitely suffice.

The recipe listed below is for a basic vanilla ice cream. My parent’s call it “country style,” but I just call it ridiculously delicious. You can either go with vanilla, or use it as a base for another flavor. When I was growing up, we usually made mint chip ice cream, which involves adding a bit of mint extract and chocolate chips to the bater.

Edgy tip! Always add candies and additional flavorings (like mint extract) towards the end of your churning. If you add the extras too early, or before transporting the mixture to your ice cream machine then it will prevent it from churning properly.


4 eggs
2 1/2 c sugar
4 cups heavy cream
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
4 c whole milk
Rock salt

For this example, I’m made a chocolate ice cream. It’s the recipe listed above, plus a Ghiradelli 60% cacao bar. My instructions (below) are for the chocolate ice cream. If you’re doing vanilla, skip the steps about melting the chocolate in milk, and proceed right to the beating of the eggs.

1. Do a rough chop of your chocolate, then add to a cup or so of milk.

2. Microwave for 15 – 20 seconds, then stir. Continue this process until the chocolate has fully melted.

3. In a large bowl or tupperware container beat eggs until foamy. Be sure to crack your eggs one at a time into a bowl or mug, then add them to the bowl. It’s much easier to remove shell pieces from a mug then it is once you have multiple eggs in a large container.

4. Slowly add sugar to your eggs, and beat until nice and thick.

5. Next, add your cream, vanilla, and salt. Continue beating for at least a minute.

6. Add remaining milk, as well as your chocolate milk, then mix well. Let the ice cream base chill in the fridge for at least an hour. The colder it is when you begin churning, the better your final product will be. It’s also a good idea to store the metal container part of your ice cream maker in the freezer while your ice cream base is in the refrigerator.

7. Setup your ice cream maker in a secure place. I usually put mine on the floor, but a sturdy counter or table would work. Pour your ice cream base into the chilled container, and surround it with ice. Sprinkle a study amount of rock salt over the ice, then pour a few Tbsp of water over it. The water will help create a solid ice surface, which will expedite the churning process.

8. Turn your ice cream maker on and let it work it’s magic!

9. Don’t rush the ice cream machine. It can take a good hour, or sometimes longer. Just make sure that you keep the outer container full of ice. Depending on how solid you like your ice cream, you may also want to store it in the freezer for a bit before serving.



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  1. By Veg with an Edge » Vanilla bean ice cream on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

    […] watching the ice cream machine always reminds me on fond childhood memories. Last time I did a chocolate ice cream that I used in pretzel ice cream sandwiches. They were good, but to be honest I’m more of a […]

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