It is homemade ice cream season!
I decided to go with a tried and true classic this week. This recipe is one we always used at my house growing up and is a great base to start off with. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
First let me start by saying it can be hard to find a good ice cream mixer these days. A lot of the options out there right now are counter top models that do not require ice to be added. This might be a great option for you, but it is not what I wanted. I like the classic models where making ice cream is a process, but let’s not get crazy. It is going to have an electric motor… I can get my exercise other ways.
So, without breaking the bank, I found this Rival model that will work. Honestly, I do not care for the oval design. I feel as though it requires the machine to run longer as there is only a small amount of cold water along the two of the sides, but we will make it work for now.
This recipe is super simple with just 5 ingredients. A couple of things here:
- Use whole milk
- Buy the real Eagle Brand (or equivalent name brand in your area) condensed milk. And don’t even think about buying the reduced option. For this ice cream, there is no diet version.
You can do this all in a mixer, but I decided to mix it by hand this time. Start by whipping your eggs. Next, slowly add in your sugar while mixing everything together. Once mixed thoroughly, pour in the condensed milk.
This is now the completed base of your ice cream. We will add the remaining ingredients shortly.
At this point, I recommend pouring the base into your ice cream freezer. Once complete, go ahead and place the freezer in the bucket wherever you plan on running the machine. If you get it all set up now, while the freezer in only partially filled, you are less likely to spill anything.
Now that everything is prepped, go ahead and pour in the milk and vanilla.
This recipe is designed to make a gallon of ice cream, so you should use all the milk. But, keep an eye on the fill line just in case.
Be sure to put the lid on your freezer with the paddle inside. Now, layer in your ice and salt.
Why ice and salt you ask? By adding salt to the ice it lowers the freezing temperature of water. The ice will be begin to melt and form a brine that is lower than the original temperature of the ice. This allows the brine to reach temperatures lower than 32°F, thus freezing the ice cream as it churns. Starting with ice, layer ice and salt. This ratio will impact the run time of the machine. If you have never done this before, the recommendation on the box of salt was 1 part salt to 8 parts ice. After the first go round, you can just estimate the ratio.
I mentioned run time of the machine just a moment ago. The time will depend on the outside temperature, humidity, ice/salt ratio, and if you can find any shade. As the ice cream thickens the motor will be placed under increasing loads changing the way the machine sounds. When you reach the proper thickness the motor will stop. (Disclaimer: read the instructions for your mixer you don’t want to mess it up on the inaugural run.)
Once the motor stops, bring the bucket inside and put it in the sink. Let the ice cream rest for a few minutes to firm up just a bit.
I only said a few minutes….
Fresh out of the freezer is the best. Better get it while you can, though because it is going to go quick!
If you happen to have any leftovers… let the ice cream thaw a little and it will return to its fresh consistency.
Now, this is a super tasty vanilla, but that does NOT mean you can’t have toppings.
Better eat it quick, this stuff melts…
Not pictured is one of my favorite toppings – peanut butter (not a photogenic topping, but it is tasty). If you want to give it a try, pick up some natural peanut butter. Any brand will do as long as it is the type that needs mixing.
Now go make some ice cream!
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 Half Gallon of Whole Milk
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
- Whip eggs in large bowl or mixer
- Add sugar and mix well
- Add condensed milk and blend together
- Pour into freezer
- Add milk and vanilla
- Layer ice and salt in bucket
- Plug in machine and let it run