How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker? (The Best Tips)

How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker? (The Best Tips)

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Okay, so let’s look at this from a logical point of view. When you want to prepare iced tea, do you always require the good iced tea maker? Of course not, right! So the same rule applies to making ice cream without a machine. But you don’t know how. In that case, here’s how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker?

The absence of an ice cream maker is no problem. You don’t NEED it for the preparation. Instead what you need is just a few ingredients and a little bit of time.

Who doesn’t love ice cream! It’s one of the simplest yet greatest pleasures of life. The cool, soft, and smooth sweetness are to die for. Plus, you can make ice cream with any ingredient you like. So how about you get to know what I have in store for you!

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe and Instructions

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What you see below is a 4-ingredient homemade ice cream recipe. There are zero pricey gadgets or crazy tricks involved here. The process is as simple as simple can be.

Along with the four ingredients, all you require is patience. Cause the freezer takes a while to freeze that fresh guilty pleasure!

So follow the instructions discussed in the article. They’re going to lead you to the most delicious homemade vanilla flavored ice cream.


  • Sugar (1 cup)
  • Whipping cream, heavy (2 cups)
  • Vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • Cream, half and half (2 cups)

Time Taken: 3-1/2 hours


  1. Prepare the Pan

Use a freezer-friendly shallow pan or bowl. Preferably stainless steel, 13 by 9 inches. Please avoid using materials that are likely to shatter. Keep in mind that you have to freeze this pan or bowl beforehand.

  1. Mix the Ingredients

Bring all ingredients together in a large-sized bowl. Stir them up until the sugar dissolves.

Here an important tip that I would like to add. If you want your ice cream to have that perfectly smooth texture, ensure that the sugar dissolves completely before freezing begins.

  1. Freeze the Mix

Transfer the prepared mixture into the frozen pan or bowl. Then put it back into the freezer. Let it stay there for about 30 minutes. Following which check the edges of your ice cream. Once those edges begin to freeze, it’s time to beat the whole mixture using any hand mixer.

You do this so that the ice cream achieves a creamy, smooth texture. But don’t go overboard either.

  1. Freeze the Beaten Mix Again

After some whipping, place the bowl back in your freezer. Every half an hour, take it out to beat the blend again. Repeat the procedure until the texture becomes firm and frozen. This usually happens after 4-5 mixing sessions.

Once frozen, the texture starts to look creamy and smooth. Just like you want it!

If your vanilla ice cream looks hard at any point, place the pan in the fridge. In there, it turns soft enough for the beating method. And when that happens, you can go back to the normal process.

Make sure to use freezer containers with a lid for storing your freshly prepared ice cream. And that’s about it!

So now, do you know how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker? Oh yeah!

How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker?

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Since the basics are all set in place, it’s time to experiment a bit. Follow the instructions discussed below for some kickass upgrades to become a pro at making homemade ice cream.

  • Mix small chunks of any candy bar of your choice.
  • Drizzle some toppings such as melted toffee, dark chocolate, or caramel.
  • Layer the prepared ice cream in the middle of two cookies.
  • You can also choose to add unexpected flavors like maple, sriracha, or chocolate syrup.

Final Words

So if anyone asks how to make ice cream at home, you say YES. And if anyone asks how to make soft ice cream without a machine, you say HECK YEAH!

I would like to conclude by providing five most useful tips.

  1. The recipe doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as filling the freezer bag with the mixture. Along with some salt and ice!
  2. The only tools required for the process are a large sized bowl and hand mixer. That’s about it.
  3. You can even use just frozen bananas to satisfy your sweet cravings. One ingredient and one food processor are enough for the undertaking.
  4. Here’s another technique to try with any food processor. Once the base of the ice cream becomes frozen, blend it in the processor. The result is a creamy, smooth treat.
  5. Or use two simple ingredients like condensed milk and heavy cream. Whip them together and freeze. No churning or mixing. That’s it, really.

So how about trying out everything I’ve discussed in here?

If you have any special tips and tricks to offer, please do so. The comments section is down below! And while at it, you can drop in your feedback as well.

Thank you for reading. I hope you visit again!

About the Author:

Barbara Davis is a supermom and super-blogger. She was so enthusiastic about writing and sharing that she decided created Mom Trusted Choice. And it didn’t take long for her platform to take off. The blog is now a sea of information that includes everything from pregnancy and motherhood to better parenting.


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