Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream

My parents owned a hand-crank ice cream machine when I was growing up. We couldn't wait for my mother to whip up the ingredients and pour them in to the canister. Then we'd fill the freezer up with ice and rock salt, and cover it with a towel. My brothers and I would take would sit on it, while the other one turned the crank, then we'd switch places. But we loved home made ice cream so it was well worth the work!
When my hubby and I were married almost 22 years ago, an electric ice cream machine was top on our gift list! Any time we have company over for dinner or a grill out, we bring out the ice cream freezer. Summer wouldn't be the same without home made ice cream...or the ice cream brain freeze!
(If by chance you do experience a brain freeze, rub your tongue along the roof of your mouth. This warms up the nerve that froze up and sent pain signals to your brain! Yep, it actually works!)

Missing from photo....Vanilla Extract!

Home Made Ice Cream
4 eggs (or pasteurized whole eggs)
3 cups sugar
3 cans evaporated milk
3 TBSP Vanilla extract
Homogenized Milk (approx 3/4 gallon)

Mix eggs, sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla in a large bowl.

Using a whisk or hand mixer on low setting, mix all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved and eggs are beaten thoroughly.

Pour in to freezer canister.
Pour enough milk until it reaches the 'Fill Line', which is located on inside of canister about 1 1/2 inches from the top.

Fill with ice and rock salt as per freezer directions. My freezer calls for half ice, then sprinkle with 3 TBSP rock salt.
Add more ice until full, then sprinkle 4 TBSP rock salt over the top of the ice.

Plug it in and freeze away!

You will need to add more ice and rock salt (about 1 -2 TBSP) as the ice melts in order to keep it full and allow it to freeze completely.  
When freezer stops, unplug and remove motor section. Remove the lid from the canister and pull out the dasher(mixer part). Replace canister lid and cover top of freezer/canister with a towel.  Do not pour out the ice.

 Allow the ice cream to cure, approx. 1 full hour, before serving.
(which mine was not....someone couldn't wait!) 

We enjoy our ice cream topped with blackberries!


  1. Wow! That sure looks good! Especially topped with the berries :-)

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  3. Oh, my grandma used to make homemade ice cream. It was SO good. I have an ice cream maker that I received as a wedding gift and tried it ONCE! I didn't do it right so I put it away. A couple of months ago I dug it out to try again with the kids and it worked great. Your recipe sounds even better than the one I used. We're gonna give this one a try!

  4. You have some lucky guests! My 15 year old really wants to be able to make ice cream but I just don't see us doing it. It would sit on the shelf with the bread maker and the juicer.

  5. There is absolutely nothing like homemade ice cream --- and yours looks extra delicious with those blackberries on top!!!
    BTW- Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

  6. Just stopping by to say thank you so much for linking up to our Family Favorite Recipe Round-Up today! We'd love to include your recipe (and any other you'd like to share) in an upcoming Gooseberry Patch cookbook. When you have a moment, would you mind stopping by our website and sharing it with us there? Here's a link: Add the code RRU-FF to the Special Code field and we'll keep an eye out for it. :) If it's selected for publication, we'll let you know, and you'll receive a free copy of the cookbook too! Thanks again for sharing on our blog today...we appreciate it!

  7. This is the same recipe that my dad made when I was a child and that has been over fifty-five years. My grandsons will have their first experience eating their great grandfather's recipe!

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