We All Scream for Homemade Ice Cream

The next time you have a hankering for ice cream, suppress the urge to run to the store for a pint. Instead, whip up some frozen treats at home. You'll never reach for the store-bought stuff again.

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How to Make Ice Cream with a Machine

Making ice cream is a lot easier than it looks. Just follow our step-by-step guide to making this creamy, delicious classic.

 

Get the Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Make a Custard

First, make a custard from milk, cream, sugar and eggs. This is the time to add flavors, like vanilla bean, coffee or cocoa. 

Consistency Is Key

Cook the custard over medium heat until it reaches 170 degrees F (use a candy thermometer to be sure). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Strain

Use a mesh strainer to remove any lumps or ingredients used to infuse the custard.

Chill

Next, chill the custard well by refrigerating it or using an ice bag.

Churn, Stir or Whip the Custard

Then churn, stir or whip your mixture to break down ice crystals that form as ice cream freezes. This makes the ice cream smooth and velvety. 

Use a Machine or Do It Yourself

You can use a machine or a do-it-yourself method. With a machine, you simply flip a switch and the ice cream maker does the work for you.

Select a Method

-But you may prefer not to spend money on a stand-alone ice cream-making gadget. In that case, you can easily construct an ice cream maker from everyday kitchen items like plastic bags, a blender, ice and salt.  

The Finished Product

When you're finished churning, the ice cream will still be soft. This is the time to add mix-ins like chocolate chips or brownie bits. You can dive right in and eat it. Or you can stick it in the freezer for 6 hours or more. Ice cream keeps for up to 3 months. But why wait? Ice cream tastes best right after it's made. Either way, dig in and reward yourself with a scoop or two of your frozen creation.