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Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

Wheat and I redeemed ourselves on the ice cream front this past weekend. We decided to try a basic vanilla ice cream in our new ice cream churn. I am SO glad we did! And yes, there is such a thing as easy and homemade ice cream.

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream | Oysters & Pearls

After looking at tons of recipes for vanilla ice cream and knowing that we didn’t want to fool with any eggs or pre-cooking, this is what I mixed up.

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (makes 1 quart of ice cream, or six scoops)

– 1 cup heavy cream

– 1 cup whole milk

– 1/3 cup sugar

– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (for lots of vanilla flavor)

That’s all I put in it! And it was amazing.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream | Oysters & Pearls

We even used my homemade vanilla extract. It was so, so, so good. The perfect summer Saturday treat.

Note: This time, we took Aimee’s tip and Wheat placed the canister in the freezer a couple hours before making the ice cream (I mix, he churns :). The ice cream froze perfectly and the machine stopped in about 15-20 minutes. Wheat then packed more ice on (after a quick taste test, obvi) and let it sit and freeze (without churning) while we ate our supper. This would have been the perfect recipe to try the first time we made ice cream. It was a piece of cake! And would be great with some cake…

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Remember those strawberries I bought last Friday?  Allow me to refresh your memory.

 Harvest Moon Strawberries | Oysters & Pearls

Well, first I made strawberry cupcakes.  Then Sunday, Wheat finally gave in to his own wish to purchase an ice cream churn.  And it just so happened that a week or so ago, I pinned this recipe for strawberry ice cream from Hummingbird High.   So churn we did.

Strawberry Ice Cream | Oysters & Pearls

Hummingbird High’s No Fuss Strawberry Ice Cream (makes 1 quart)

– 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed & hulled

– 2 cups heavy cream, cold

– 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

– 3/4 cup granulated sugar

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Puree strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Michelle at Hummingbird High strained hers, but I didn’t.  I like to see strawberry seeds and a little pulp in my strawberry ice cream.  Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth.  Taste the batter.  Michelle suggests adding a little sugar if it tastes salty, and a little more vinegar if it tastes too sweet.  Then add it to your ice cream churn and churn it up.

We purchased this Sunbeam 4 quart ice cream churn, and we could NOT get it to freeze/get cold.  It was our first time making ice cream, and we aren’t sure what went wrong.  I’m guessing we just didn’t use enough ice? Or salt?  Anyone have any recommendations for next time?

We froze the “ice” cream in the freezer overnight in hopes of salvaging it.  It’s pretty great!  Although I wish I had added a bit more sugar to the mix.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream | Oysters & Pearls Bowl of Strawberry Ice Cream | Oysters & Pearls

Do you have a favorite homemade ice cream recipe?  Or any recommendations on the actual ice cream making process?

Share your tips and tricks with us ice cream making newbies! Please?