Making Homemade Ice Cream

I have made lots of ice cream over the last few years. For $25 I bought a brand new one gallon capacity electric ice cream maker and it was a purchase I don’t regret at all!

Ice cream is one of those foods that are so full of garbage ingredients and chemicals it is not funny. Not only that I understand that there is a lot of air whipped into it as well so even when buying good quality ice cream you end up paying for a great deal of air. However it is hard to find really good quality ice cream. I was even looking the other day at the ice cream my food co-op sells and was disappointed to see that it contained natural flavors (another name for MSG) and gums to help make it smooth. And the cost was ridiculous.

Once you try making your own ice cream you will see how simple it is do and the taste will be nothing like you have ever had; it’s absolutely delicious!!!

I have a pretty basic 4qt ice cream maker made by Rival. This basically is the ice cream maker I have (my bucket is round, an older model I guess!):



Rival 8804-BL 4-Quart Oval Ice Cream Bucket, Blue
They are not very expensive and will give a family a lot of gallons of delicious ice cream and a lot of fun making it as well!!

 


Basic Directions:


An ice cream maker consists of a large plastic bucket, a metal can with a lid, a dasher (the mixer that is used to stir the ice cream) and a motor to churn your milk and cream into ice cream. The metal can (that will have your ice cream mixture in it) goes in the bucket (that will hold the ice and rock salt) the dasher goes in the can and the motor sits on top. It is very easy and once you get the hang of it, not intimidating at all.

First you need to choose your recipe. I have several recipes on this page. Some of them use raw eggs. I personally think the BEST tasting ice cream is made with raw eggs. But raw eggs come with there own concerns. I either use my own eggs or I buy organic, free range chicken eggs from my food co-op. If you don’t have a source for good quality eggs I also have recipes that are made without eggs. Some recipes make 1 gallon of ice cream and some make 2 quarts.

To make ice cream you need to combine your ingredients in a mixer such as a Bosch or Kitchen Aid. Then you follow your manufactures directions. If you don’t have the directions then the following information will tell you how to make your delicious tasting ice cream.

After you have mixed together your chosen recipe pour it into your 1 gallon ice cream maker container. Now add whole milk up to the fill line and stir with a wooden spoon. If you are making 2 quarts of ice cream you don’t need to add extra milk as the recipe has all the milk you need calculated into it. Set the container into the ice cream bucket and put the dasher in place, then the lid and connect the motor to the top.

Now begin adding ice to the bucket, around the metal can. You will want a nice layer of ice, and then sprinkle about ¼ cup rock salt over the ice. Continue making these layers of ice and rock salt until you have ice up to the top level of the ice cream can. Start the ice cream maker (for the Rival brand, I just plug it in).

It will take 30 minutes or more to become thick. During that time the ice will melt down and you must add more ice and more rock salt to keep the ice at the same level as the can.

You will know when your ice cream is done as the dasher can no longer move and the ice cream churning stops. Unplug the ice cream maker, remove the motor from the top and remove the dasher. What you have will look very similar to soft serve type ice cream and it will melt fairly quickly if you were to try and eat it at this point.

Now you need to “harden off” your ice cream. Replace the lid on the ice cream maker and there should be some type of plug to stop up the hole where the dasher went in to. You will need to make sure you cover that spot.

Now take your bucket and go to the sink and dump out all the melted water… there should be a drainage hole in the side of the bucket (leave the metal can in there, just hold the top to steady it while you pour the water out of the drainage hole). Now fill the bucket up with more ice and more rock salt, covering the top of the ice cream can with the ice and rock salt (this is why you need that little spot covered up.. you don’t want the salt in your ice cream).

Cover the whole bucket up with several thick towels or a blanket and let it sit in the sink for 3 to 4 hours. Transfer your can of ice cream to the freezer when this hardening off time is up and let it sit in freezer for at least an hour.

Now it is time to eat the ice cream!! Yummy!!!

 

MY ICE CREAM RECIPES

    

The following recipes make 1 gallon of ice cream and do use raw eggs.

Strawberry Ice Cream

6 eggs
3 cups cane juice crystals (or white sugar)
1 T vanilla (only the real stuff)
3 cups strawberries that have been sliced and left to sit and get juicy. You can mash them up or puree them for better distribution. Fresh berries taste the best, but frozen berries that have been defrosted and mashed up will work
2 c. whole cream
Whole Goat Milk, as much as needed to fill ice cream maker container (whole cow milk will work too.. :)
1 T arrowroot powder (helps make the ice cream smooth.. but this is optional if you don’t have any)

In a big mixer (like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch) mix together (with the wire whip) the eggs and cane juice crystals until light and lemony colored. Add vanilla and mix again. While the mixer is on, begin adding the strawberries and let this continue mixing until the strawberries are well combined into the egg mixture. Add cream and arrowroot powder (if using). When all of this has mixed together completely pour it into your 1 gallon ice cream maker container. Follow the instructions that came from your ice cream maker of the above instructions.

Chocolate Ice Cream


6 eggs
3 cups cane juice crystals
¾ c cocoa powder
1 T vanilla (only the real stuff)
2 c. whole cream
Whole Goat Milk, as much as needed to fill ice cream maker container (whole cow milk will work too.. :)
1 T arrowroot powder (helps make the ice cream smooth.. but this is optional if you don’t have any)
 

In a big mixer (like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch) mix together (with the wire whip) the eggs and cane juice crystals until light and lemony colored. Add cocoa powder and vanilla mix again. Add cream and arrowroot powder (if using). When all of this has mixed together completely pour it into your 1 gallon ice cream maker container. Add whole milk until you reach the “fill line” on your ice cream maker container. Follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker or the above instructions.

 

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

6 eggs
3 cups cane juice crystals
2 T vanilla (only the real stuff)
2 c. whole cream
Whole Goat Milk, as much as needed to fill ice cream maker container (whole cow milk will work too.. :)
1 T arrowroot powder (helps make the ice cream smooth.. but this is optional if you don’t have any)

In a big mixer (like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch) mix together (with the wire whip) the eggs and cane juice crystals until light and lemony colored. Add vanilla and mix again. Add cream and arrowroot powder (if using). When all of this has mixed together completely pour it into your 1 gallon ice cream maker container. Add whole milk until you reach the "fill line" on your ice cream maker container.  Follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker or the above instructions.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


6 eggs
3 cups cane juice crystals
1 cup peanut butter, the healthy type.. no sugar or hydrogenated oils added
2 t vanilla (only the real stuff)
2 c. whole cream
1 cup chocolate chips, chopped fine (I ran mine through my food processor)
Whole Goat Milk, as much as needed to fill ice cream maker container (whole cow milk will work too.. :)
1 T arrowroot powder (helps make the ice cream smooth.. but this is optional if you don’t have any)

In a big mixer (like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch) mix together (with the wire whip) the eggs and cane juice crystals until light and lemony colored. Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix again. Add cream and arrowroot powder (if using). Add the chocolate chips. If using a Bosch I take out the wire whips and mix the chips in by hand. When all of this has mixed together completely pour it into your 1 gallon ice cream maker container. Now add whole milk up to the fill line. Follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker or the above instructions.




ICE CREAM RECIPES (EGGLESS)

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream


2 cups whipping cream or half-n-half
3 cups whole milk
1 cup cane juice crystals
2 t real vanilla

Combine all ingredients together and mix very well to help dissolve the cane juice crystals. Pour into ice cream maker and make according to manufacturers instructions or the above instructions.


Easy Chocolate Ice Cream


3 cups whole milk
½ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ cups cane juice crystals
2 cups whipping cream or half-n-half

Using a mixer or a blender combine milk and cocoa powder until cocoa powder is combined well with the milk. Add cane juice crystals and mix to help dissolve the crystals. Add whipping cream (or half-n-half) and stir to combine well. Pour into ice cream canister and make according to manufacturers directions or follow the above instructions.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


2 cups whole milk
2 cups half n half or whole cream
1 cup cane juice crystals
1 t real vanilla
1 t peppermint extract
1 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips, chopped very small

Mix ingredients together well and pour into your ice cream container. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or follow the above instructions.

Optional: a drop or three or green food coloring it you want it to look like what you buy in the store (I don’t do this so that is why my picture is not green).


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


2 ½ cups whole milk
1 cup cane juice crystals
½ cup natural type peanut butter (the kind without added sugar and hydrogenated oils)
1 t real vanilla
1 ½ cups whipping cream or half-n-half
½ cup grain sweetened chocolate chip, chopped into small pieces

Mix milk, cane juice crystals and peanut butter very well by hand or with a mixer with a wire whip attachment. Add vanilla and whipping cream and stir to combine. Pour into ice cream canister and make according to manufacturers directions. As soon as the dasher has been removed stir in chocolate chips. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or follow the above instructions.

NON-DAIRY RECIPE

If you or anyone you know has a problem digesting dairy products you can still enjoy the taste of homemade ice cream. Here is a simple recipe.

Non Dairy Vanilla Almond Ice “Cream”


1 can (14 to 15oz size) coconut milk
3 cups almond milk
1 cup cane juice crystals
2 t real vanilla

Combine all ingredients and pour into ice cream maker. and make according to manufacturers directions. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or follow the above instructions.

 

Happy Ice Cream Making!!




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