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Homemade Ice Cream without Heavy Cream

Liz Quick
If there is one thing I love about the summer it’s the delicious fresh fruit and cold deserts. Making ice from home is a lot easier than you think and uses only four simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Churn Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts


  • 1 ice cream maker


  • cups whole milk
  • 1⅛ cups granulated sugar
  • tablespoons pure vanilla


  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer and mix the milk and sugar on low speed for 2 minutes, or until the sugar begins to dissolve.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Turn on your ice cream maker and pour in your ice cream mixture.
  • Allow the ice cream maker to prepare the ice cream for 25-30 minutes, depending upon your ice cream machine.
  • If you prefer a firmer ice cream, put it in a loaf pan covered with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze it for several hours until it reaches the firmness you want.


If you'd like to use heavy cream, use this combination:
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups heavy cream (or half and half)
Keyword ice cream