If you’ve ever wondered how to make vanilla ice cream at home, in a way that doesn’t involve buying an $800 machine, here’s how.
This blog is a complete guide to making vanilla ice cream at home without a machine. I’m going to show you how to make fresh vanilla ice cream without any special equipment. It takes about 5 minutes of your time and will result in the most delicious creamy vanilla ice cream you’ve ever tasted!
I’ll even teach you some science tricks to make it extra thick and creamy! We’ll be using my favorite homemade ingredients: whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, and real vanilla extract. The secret ingredient? Cornstarch!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe:
You will need: whole milk (2%), heavy cream (at least 36%), sugar, cornstarch and vanilla extract.
We’re going to start by cooking the sugar into a simple syrup. Then we’ll add the cornstarch and cook that until it thickens up. After that we’ll add the milk and heavy cream and cook them just enough to slightly thicken up the mixture. This part is important because if we cooked it too long it would curdle. Finally we’ll add in the vanilla extract and pour it into
Art brut is a name for outsider art. Outsider art is art created by people who are not professional artists and who would be unlikely to ever exhibit in a gallery or sell their work. This blog is about how to make vanilla ice cream at home, which is surprisingly difficult to do.
To make ice cream without a machine you will need:
1 cup of heavy cream
3/4 cup of half and half
1/2 cup of sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
In a medium sauce pan, combine the cream and half and half. Scrape in the seeds of the vanilla bean. Add the sugar. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When it starts to bubble around the edges, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, still stirring occasionally. When it is cool enough to touch, chill in an ice bath until cold. Chill again in your refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight. Process in your ice cream maker according to its instructions.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker or don’t want to go through all that bother, you can still make delicious vanilla ice cream by hand! Just pour into a bowl and put it in your freezer. Every 30 minutes or so stir vigorously with a fork until mostly frozen. You will then have soft serve vanilla ice cream that can be eaten as is or re-frozen for firmer texture.*’
I like to refer to this as the “vanilla revolution”, since I hope that it will be a root cause of the next great ice cream renaissance. It will also help you make better vanilla ice cream, which is to say, ice cream with more vanilla flavor.
‘the revolution’ is so called because making ice cream without a machine is not a new idea. But it has taken time for the best techniques to come out of France and into American kitchens. Which means that for a generation of cooks and eaters there has been something missing from their lives…
Melt a half pound of homemade vanilla extract (recipe below) in a large bowl. Add two quarts of heavy cream, and whip until it forms stiff peaks (about 8 minutes). Pour into freezer-safe container, and freeze for at least eight hours.
I love making ice cream at home. For the past few months, I’ve been working my way through David Lebovitz’s excellent book The Perfect Scoop and playing with his basic vanilla recipe.
The thing is, you can’t just open up a container of plain old vanilla extract and pour it in your ice cream. You can, but it will taste like pure alcohol, which isn’t all that pleasant. So what do you do?
The answer is simple: make your own vanilla extract! That way you’ll have a big bottle to keep in your pantry and use whenever you want to add some delicious flavor to your baking or other dishes. And then when you’re done with that, you can make some great homemade vanilla ice cream!
The average human is not very good at thinking. This means that most of us don’t know how we think, or why we think what we do. This makes it hard to explain our actions to others, and ourselves to ourselves.
This blog is about the things I’m learning about how my mind works, by observing how it reacts with the world around it. Hopefully it will be interesting to others, but I write it for myself first.*
My name is Joshua Glenn, and I am an art brut.**