How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream is a fun and delicious project, and it allows you to create your favorite flavors and customize the ingredients. Here’s a simple guide on how to make homemade ice cream:


– 2 cups heavy cream

– 1 cup whole milk

– 3/4 cup granulated sugar

– 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

– Optional flavorings: chocolate chips, fruit puree, crushed cookies, etc.


Prepare the Ice Cream Base:

– In a mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved completely.

– Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or vanilla flavor if desired.

Chill the Mixture:

– Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the mixture to a lidded container.

– Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2-4 hours, or preferably overnight.

– Chilling the mixture helps improve the texture and allows the flavors to meld together.

Set Up the Ice Cream Maker:

– Ensure your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl is frozen according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

– Once the mixture is well chilled, assemble the ice cream maker and turn it on.

Churn the Ice Cream:

– Pour the chilled ice cream base into the ice cream maker as it churns.

– Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for churning times, usually around 20-30 minutes.

– During the last few minutes of churning, you can add any desired mix-ins such as chocolate chips or crushed cookies.

Transfer and Freeze:

– Once the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, transfer it to a lidded container.

– If you prefer a firmer consistency, cover the container and freeze it for an additional 2-4 hours or until firm.

– Homemade ice cream will freeze harder than store-bought versions, so allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping and serving.

Enjoy your delicious homemade ice cream! Feel free to experiment with different flavors and add your favorite toppings to make it even more special.