How do you make ice cream?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
How do you make ice cream?
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 3:38pm

I have seen so many things lately on the internet about people's homemade ice creams and I want to give it a try. What do I need to get started?

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 4:05pm

We actually have an ice cream maker. My husband is a HUGE fan of ice cream, so it was one of those fun gifts for his birthday or Father's day. Something like this:

Then you just find a recipe you like and voila! :) I love being able to control what goes in it. :)

Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 4:09pm

A few years ago I bought a basic Cuisinart electric ice cream maker which is probably the easiest way to make it. It has a metal container with a substance inside that freezes. You freeze the container (I keep mine in the chest freezer) and to make ice cream you put it on the motor base, add the prepared ingredients and the scraper bar aparatus, and turn it on. As the mixture touches the cold metal wall it freezes, and takes about 20 minutes for the entire batch to get firm. There is a recipe book included, once you've learned the basics you can start experimenting if you want. I've also made frozen yogurt and sorbets.

The one thing I've learned through trial and error is that if you don't have some form of alcohol in the mixture then the ice cream tends to be icy. I use bourbon vanilla or or a bit of fruit spirits (like Cointreau). 

There are probably other more labor intensive methods that don't use an ice cream maker, maybe the other ladies will cover that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 7:44pm

An excellent blog by a wonderful patissier, and tons of useful links at the bottom to recipes for ice cream machines and otherwise:  Tongue Out

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 06-27-2014 - 2:48pm

An excellent blog by a wonderful patissier, and tons of useful links at the bottom to recipes for ice cream machines and otherwise: Tongue Out


You had me at 'candied bacon ice cream' - hello! :)


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Sat, 06-28-2014 - 12:36am

Haha!  Different strokes for different folks, I guess. 

I have no desire for some of the latest trends in food, such as salted caramel or bacon in sweet stuff.  But then there are people who cannot get enough chocolate covered bacon, bacon on maple-glazed donuts, and yes, even ice cream!

Oh, and I don't think I will try the Roquefort-Honey ice cream, either.  It is too radical for my provincial taste buds!  Cool

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2011
Sun, 07-06-2014 - 4:20pm

We have an attachment to our Kitchen Aide mixer that makes Ice Cream. There are several different recipes but Vanilla is my favorite home made flavor .


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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 07-12-2014 - 2:32pm

I love homemade ice cream, and I also have a Cuisinart machine.  It is worth the $50.  There is so much more than ice cream that you can do with it.  But if you don't have a machine, you can make it in a baking dish and scrape it with a fork every half hour while it freezes; or usr the boy scout technique with zipper bags and ice