How to Make Homemade Ice Cream at Home: You can make delicious homemade ice creamright now.

Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream ball in spoon on container.

Homemade Ice cream is better than store-bought.

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream requires only four ingredients: milk, eggs, sugar, and heavy whipping cream. That’s it! No fancy equipment is needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Just mix them and freeze until solid.

You don’t have to use an electric mixer when mixing these four simple ingredients either. A whisk works great too. If you want to get fancy, you could even whip up some egg yolks with the sugar before adding everything else.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

The Best (and Easiest) Ice Cream You’ll Ever Make

Homemade ice cream is so easy that it’s almost embarrassing! All you have to do is mix some milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and flavorings until smooth. Then pour into an airtight container and freeze overnight. The next day, scoop out your frozen treat and enjoy!


1/2 cup of sugar

3 cups of milk


egg yolks


In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 cups of milk. Cook over low heat until the mixture is hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes. In another bowl, beat together four eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened slightly. Gradually add cooled milk-sugar mix until its semi-liquid state, leave it to cool down, and then refrigerate it for 1 hour or 2 hours. You could use any flavor extract you want too. Just substitute 1/2 cup of whatever a flavoring you choose for the vanilla bean paste.

For example: If you wanted strawberry a flavored ice cream, you would replace the vanilla bean paste with two tablespoons of pureed strawberries. Or chocolate mint, lemon peppermint, etc….There are endless ways to customize this classic vanilla ice cream.

Additions & Substitutions For Your Favorite Flavors

You can use any flavor extract you’d like. My favorite a flavors include almond, chocolate, coffee, mint, orange, raspberry, strawberry, etc.

For some reason, some prefer using extracts rather than pure oils when adding avorings to ice cream.

If you want to go straight up oil, feel free to do so. Just remember that the amount needed will vary depending on how strong the oil is.

Additions & Variations:

You can use any flavor extract you want. If you’d prefer something more potent, feel free to double upon the number of extracts used.

We typically use two teaspoons per quart of milk, but you could go higher depending on how strong you want the flavors to be.

For chocolate lovers, you can swap out some of the vanilla extracts for 1/2 cup cocoa powder. For coffee lovers, you can substitute espresso beans for vanilla beans.

Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade strawberry ice cream or popsicles on wooden table, frozen fruit juice, vegetarian food

Ice Cream in a Bag


1 cup of milk

2 cups of coconut oil, melted

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Five drops of food coloring


In the bowl of your stand mixer or hand blender, combine all ingredients and mix until well combined.

Pour into an airtight container with a lid and freeze overnight. Enjoy!

Can I use Whole Milk?

Whole milk has more fat than 2% milk, so it makes a thicker consistency when frozen. If you prefer a thinner texture, try using skimmed milk instead.

How Long Does It Freeze Before Ice Cream In A Bag Is Ready To Eat?

The best time to freeze your ice cream in a bag is right after making it. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes as the air inside gets trapped between layers of ice crystals.


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients except the zip lock bags. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour cooled liquid into one Ziploc bag and place inside another Ziploc bag. Shake vigorously until well mixed. Place both bags in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day removes the smaller bag from the giant bag. Open the large bag carefully so as not to spill anything onto the countertop.

How Long Does It Take to Make Ice Cream?

The average time it takes to make homemade ice cream is about 2 hours, but this will vary depending on how much sugar or other ingredients you add. The longer a recipe calls for cooking, the more time it will take to freeze. For example, if you cook an egg custard base for 30 minutes before adding milk, that would be added after freezing. If you want to speed up the process, use frozen eggs instead of fresh ones.

You can make your favorite ice cream at your home anytime and enjoy it!


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