Enjoy Summer With a Bowl of Homemade Ice Cream

Nothing says summertime like the delectable creamy goodness that is ice cream—more specifically, homemade ice cream. We know that store bought will do ya just fine. But for the best celebration of summer, we’re raising the bar.

Not a homemade ice cream aficionado? No worries, we’ve got the play by play on how to make delicious home-style ice cream.

The Obvious:
There are ice cream makers capable of doing all of the manual work for you. Make sure your freezer bowl is frozen before assembling the ingredients.

Here’s the basic recipe for vanilla. Feel free to get creative and include fresh fruit, flavorings such as coffee, candy or any other goodies you can think of.

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, egg yolks, and salt. Place pan over medium- high heat and whisk until mixture reaches a simmer. Lower heat to medium and whisk for 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Strain mixture into a large bowl, then whisk in half-and- half, cream, and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
2. Pour mixture into ice-cream maker; process according to manufacturer instructions.

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The Classic:
You’ll feel like Bear Grylls fighting in the wild (or for ice cream) with this rustic approach. The only equipment it requires is a can (old coffee cans work perfectly), duct tape, rock salt and your ingredients.

This is a great technique to let kids help with—no delicacy or skill required, just kick or roll the can around with the ingredients for 20 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need and how it works: (We promise it’s easy, it just requires some explanation).

  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 cup rock salt (kosher salt or sea salt can be used too)
  • 3-pound coffee can, emptied and rinsed
  • 1-pound coffee can, emptied and rinsed
  • Duct tape

1. In a medium bowl, combine half and half, sugar with a whisk until thoroughly mixed.
2. Place 1-pound coffee can inside the 3-pound coffee can and pour ice cream mixture into smaller can. Cover the smaller can with it’s corresponding lid and seal with duct tape.
3. Surround the smaller can with ice and salt by layering 5 cups of ice with 3/4 cup of salt.
4. Use duct tape to seal the 3-pound can with its corresponding lid and start rolling. Have the kids face each other and roll the can back and forth on its side for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes, open the cans and check the ice cream. Use a rubber spatula to quickly scrape down the sides and give the ice cream one stir.
6. Reseal the lid on the smaller can with duct tape, and set it aside.
7. Quickly dump the melted ice water from the large can, and place the smaller can into the larger can again.
8. Surround the smaller can with remaining ice and salt by repeating step 3. Put the lids back on and reseal with duct tape again.
9. Ask the kids to roll the large can for 10 minutes more.

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No matter what method you choose, be sure to get ingredients for tasty toppings—might we suggest chopped up candy bars, fresh fruit or the classic chocolate syrup? Grab some friends and enjoy the summer weather while savoring this tasty treat you’ve just created. (Or devour it alone—hey, we’re not judging.)