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Homemade Ice Cream The Old Fashioned Way

Updated on May 20, 2014

If you're Going To Make Ice Cream: Do It Right

Things worth having are worth working for and home made ice cream falls into that category. It used to be ice cream was a treat, not something you could just drive to the grocery store and get a pint of Ben & Jerrys.

Often grandma was the lead on the event with her secret recipe, and would make the base after the lunch dishes were done for the evening ice cream making party. The families would gather outside and take turns cranking the handle, who would be the last one to crank it the hardest.

Just recently I went out to my in laws in western Nebraska and we made vanilla ice cream. We picked the hottest day of the year and the temperature in the garage was 110 degrees. But it was worth it when we had home made vanilla ice cream over home made brownies and strawberries on top.

Step 1: Mix Ice Cream Ingredients

Mix the ice cream ingredients, heat on the stove, and set the cured ice cream ingredients aside to cool. The mixture should be thick and creamy, almost like custar.

ICe Cream Making Supplies and Ingredients - What do you need for makind ice cream?

In addition to fresh ingredients, you need a few recipes, rock salt, an ice cream maker and then finally an old fashioned ice cream scoop to make your ice cream making experience complete.

West Bend Ice Cream Rock Salt (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
West Bend Ice Cream Rock Salt (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Ice Cream salt is required to make hand cranked ice cream. By pouring rock salt over the ice the temperature of the ice decreases and helps freeze the ice cream.

If you use an electric ice cream maker ice cream salt is not necessary.

 
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

The official ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert book.

You can't get better ice cream recipes than from the makers of "Cherry Garcia" , includes recipes for Dastardly Mash, the famous Heath Bar Crunch. New York Super Fudge Chunk and Oreo Mint.

 
Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Easy Scoop with Unique Liquid Filled Heat Conductive Handle Simple One Piece Aluminum Design Easy Release 40 Scoops per Gallon Made in USA, 2-Ounce, Silver
Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Easy Scoop with Unique Liquid Filled Heat Conductive Handle Simple One Piece Aluminum Design Easy Release 40 Scoops per Gallon Made in USA, 2-Ounce, Silver

The best ice cream scoop on the market. Use what ice cream parlors have been using for years, the original heat conductive Zeroll ice cream scoop.

Made for serious ice cream connoisseurs this left or right handed scoop rolls ice cream into a ball shaped scoop and easily releases it into a cone or bowl. The warmth of your hand keeps the scoop from freezing in cold ice cream.

 
Hand Cranked Ice Cream
Hand Cranked Ice Cream

Although this is not my Grandma's ice cream recipe (that's a well guarded family secret that even I don't have) this comes pretty close and I've made this with good results.

The first step, before even mixing the ingredients is to fill the wooden bucket of the ice cream maker with water and let it soak. The wood will absorb the water and swell, this keeps the bucket from leaking.

Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours
Yields: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Whole milk
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract or one crushed vanilla bean
  • 1 Cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • Rock salt

Instructions

  1. Mix egg yolks and sugar in medium bowl and beat until thickened. Set aside
  2. Add milk to a small saucepan and heat until bubbles start at the edge. Do not boil
  3. Add egg mixture to the milk and stir with a wire whisk. As the mixture thickens it will coat the back of a spoon. The temperature should be between 165 & 180 degrees.
  4. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
  5. *DO NOT BOIL
  6. When the mixture cools pour into the ice cream canister and place in the wooden bucket.
  7. Surround the canister with ice, alternating with rock salt, then pour water into the bucket. This makes it easier for the canister to turn and creates an even cold temperature so the ice cream can harden.
  8. START cranking, and crank, and crank, and crank,and crank some more. This may take an hour or so
  9. When the crank gets harder the ice cream is ready.
  10. Open the canister and remove the paddle. Just like cake batter, the paddles are just as good to lick as the beaters.
  11. Drain melted water from bucket (not on grass as the salt will kill the grass)
  12. Replace lid, refill bucket with ice and cover with a heavy blanket to trap in the cold.
  13. The rock salt and the ice create a super cold freezer condition and will cause the ice cream to set and freeze.
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Step 2

The fun part!

Churning the ice cream. This is a group activity perfect for a family reunion, party, or picnic. The more the merrier is the saying goes.

I guarantee you will be maxing memories that will last a lifetime and creating traditions which your kids will recreate with their families.

Ice Cream Makers - Modern Electric Variety

Making ice cream at home is healthy, fun and the perfect example of "slow food".

There are many different types of ice cream makers, one to fit everyone personal preference. Hand cranking is fine, when you have a group of people to take turns. But when you want the taste and flavor of home made without the arm numbing turning sometimes the modern methods will work just fine.

White Mountain Hand Cranked Ice Cream Maker with Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket, 4 Quart (PBWMIMH412-SHP)
White Mountain Hand Cranked Ice Cream Maker with Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket, 4 Quart (PBWMIMH412-SHP)

You can still buy a White Mountain hand crank ice cream maker just like your grandparents.

If you want to continue the memories of summer days and cranking home made ice cream on the patio with your own grandkids this is the ice cream maker for you.

 
Nostalgia Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker
Nostalgia Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker

If you're wanting the old fashioned look with the convenience of the power of electricity, then this ice cream maker to buy.

It also looks nice as a decoration on the counter or on a display shelf. Might convince you to make ice cream more often if it's not hidden in a cabinet.

 
Hamilton Beach 68320 1-1/2-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, White
Hamilton Beach 68320 1-1/2-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, White

I have this small ice cream maker and it works just fine and have made strawberry and peach ice cream several times.

No ice cream salt needed and makes ice cream in just a few hours. Perfect for experimenting with different flavors. Easy to clean and small enough to store in small apartments and kitchens.

 

Homemade Ice Cream, A Family Affair - Making Homemade Ice Cream

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Keep cranking the ice cream until the handle won't turn anymore.At the end of cranking the ice cream it gets harder and harder. Grandpa puts his foot on the ice cream bucket to brace and make the cranking easier.Remove the paddles from the ice cream canister, scrape the ice cream from the paddlesNow lick the paddles. A happy smiling teenage boy.Drain the water from the ice cream makerFill the ice cream bucket with ice and rock salt, make sure to cover the lid.Ready to scoop out the ice cream, remove the canister from the bucket. scoop and serve.Home made ice cream, brownies, and strawberries, a dessert you won't forgetLeave the canister in the ice cream buck, replace the lid.Cover the ice cream maker with a heavy blanket. Allow to freeze and set.
Keep cranking the ice cream until the handle won't turn anymore.
Keep cranking the ice cream until the handle won't turn anymore.
At the end of cranking the ice cream it gets harder and harder. Grandpa puts his foot on the ice cream bucket to brace and make the cranking easier.
At the end of cranking the ice cream it gets harder and harder. Grandpa puts his foot on the ice cream bucket to brace and make the cranking easier.
Remove the paddles from the ice cream canister, scrape the ice cream from the paddles
Remove the paddles from the ice cream canister, scrape the ice cream from the paddles
Now lick the paddles. A happy smiling teenage boy.
Now lick the paddles. A happy smiling teenage boy.
Drain the water from the ice cream maker
Drain the water from the ice cream maker
Fill the ice cream bucket with ice and rock salt, make sure to cover the lid.
Fill the ice cream bucket with ice and rock salt, make sure to cover the lid.
Ready to scoop out the ice cream, remove the canister from the bucket. scoop and serve.
Ready to scoop out the ice cream, remove the canister from the bucket. scoop and serve.
Home made ice cream, brownies, and strawberries, a dessert you won't forget
Home made ice cream, brownies, and strawberries, a dessert you won't forget
Leave the canister in the ice cream buck, replace the lid.
Leave the canister in the ice cream buck, replace the lid.
Cover the ice cream maker with a heavy blanket. Allow to freeze and set.
Cover the ice cream maker with a heavy blanket. Allow to freeze and set.

Step 3

Sit back, wait for the ice cream to freeze and set. Then eat and ENJOY!

Cooked Recipe or Uncooked? - What is your favorite Recipe

Some people swear by the cooked ice cream variety while others think the quick mix recipe is just fine. What do you prefer? Do you like to heat and cook your ice cream ingredients before churning and freezing, or do you just don't have the patience?

What Type of Ice Cream Recipe is your Favorite?

Time to Eat the Ice Cream - Fresh, Home Made Ice Cream

You can now enjoy your home made ice cream knowing you have it's made from natural ingredients with no artificial colors. Ice cream made from scratch doesn't always have the same consistency as store bought. Most of the time it is softer, especially right after it comes out of the ice cream freezer.

By putting it in the freezer it will harden, but I dare you to be able to wait long enough for it to freeze. So put your ice cream on a brownie, drizzle with hot chocolate, or top with strawberries. Or, just enjoy the rich creamy vanilla flavor all on it's own.

Find a Vintage Ice Cream Maker - Touch of Nostolgia

My husbands family family has been using the same White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer for over 40 years. Ice cream makers are so simple in their design, a wooden bucket, a metal canister with spinning paddles. They really don't wear out unless abused or mistreated.

Recently at a garage sale we bought a White Mountain Ice Cream maker ourselves. It's like brand new, I don't even think it's been used. If you're looking for an antique, yet fully functional ice cream maker check eBay.

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      othellos 

      4 years ago

      Delightful lens. Thank you for publishing it.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      4 years ago from Concord VA

      I, too, remember the days when homemade ice cream was a family affair at any reunion or party. Nothing better to make memories or to eat! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love ice cream. Hard to believe but I eat it almost everyday! lol

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We never really got into making our own ice cream, although I love eating homemade. Love the pictures on this page - wow! and yum!

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      truly - I love it more than is good for me, and now that I have this reminder about how to make the real thing, maybe I'll do it, but dairy-free.

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