Learning How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

Today was a fun day. I needed to make homemade ice cream for a baseball event, so I called my momma (who the kids call GB…short for Grandma Betty) and asked her if she could teach my daughter and me how to make her go-to recipe for vanilla ice cream. Remember my post about Grammy’s Peanut Buster Ice Cream Dessert? Well, this homemade ice cream recipe that we made today actually came from Grammy’s sister Mildred. (I promise that we do not live on sugar, even though you might think so after reading some of my posts.!)

A Great Day With GB

GB and Julia

Silly GB

Country Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Check out the recipe written in my momma’s handwriting on a yellowed, stained recipe card with a pin hole right in the middle. I love that it doesn’t even have directions! Simplicity at its best!

sugar and eggs

This is an incredibly basic ice cream recipe with just 6 ingredients. Start by creaming the sugar and the eggs in a mixing bowl until your mixture is nice and frothy. (Make sure your eggs are PASTEURIZED, as these are not cooked before adding them to the recipe.) Add the vanilla, salt and cream and mix well again. Pour this mixture into your ice cream freezer canister and add milk until you hit the fill line. We used a 4-quart freezer. That’s it!

canister ready to go

Follow your freezer instructions for churning. We packed ours with layers of ice and rock salt, adding both as the ice melted. It can be a little messy, so it works best to plug it in on a hard surface outside. It probably took about a half an hour or maybe a little more before ours was ready, and our motor automatically stopped at that point. Then it was time to pull out the dasher with a pair of pliers (making sure that none of the rock salt fell in) and take a look at pure dairy perfection!

Ollie and Jersey

My pups were quite curious about what was happening!

Ice Cream Freezer

This ice cream freezer belonged to Grammy. Don’t you just love the old wood and the dented copper top? I am crazy about this thing!

Now the fun part

Pulling out the dasher

Julia with the dasher

Julia got to be the lucky one to lick the dasher. That was always my favorite part as a kid! We decided to stir in some mini chocolate chips. I pretty much used an entire large bag! Mix in whatever or however much you want! Then we packaged all of it up in individual styrofoam cups to put in the freezer.

Mini chocolate chips

Styrofoam packaging

All ready to go!!!

Okay. Now you need to know a little bit more about today. Our friend Cindy came over to do an experiment. She thought it would be fun to add some video to my blog posts. Let’s just say I NEED SOME PRACTICE!!! Oh, boy, do I ever. You absolutely have to see this particular “outtake.” One of these days I will try this again! Thank you, Cindy! You are a beautiful encourager…just like my momma. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you got a little giggle from that! The cream at the top of the jug had solidified a bit and made a “plug.” We also forgot to tell Mitch that we were filming! He walked right by….completely oblivious. I guess it just made today that much more fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to grab your momma, your grandmother, your aunt or any of those special people in your life who have something to teach you and HAVE THEM TEACH YOU. You will not regret the time spent together for one second, and I think it is essential that we pass the good stuff down.

Recipe card

Be sure to enjoy some cold, creamy goodness this summer, and while you are at it, subscribe to my email list to receive my newest posts as they happen. Thanks for reading! God bless.



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  1. Judy

    The best homemade ice cream is with eggs! Recipes without them arenโ€™t the same. :).

    • Karen Carlson

      This one is all I have really ever known! Why mess with perfection? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Karenโ€™s home is always bustling with activity and a fun place to gather. Maybe later this year we can show you how we make jam! Should I suggest it? ????

  3. Nancy

    Awesome post. We had the same Montgomery Wards Signature ice cream maker, too. You can’t beat homemade ice cream and it tastes even better when you’ve helped make it. I remember, more than once, Lanny’s grandmother Wilson making it when we were kids as well. Such a great summer time treat!
    I also got a kick out of your son walking in front of the camera. We have 4 sons and any one of them would do it. On purpose. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Karen Carlson

      Haha! This time it wasn’t on purpose, but is absolutely something both of my boys would do! Thanks! Lots of good memories around ice cream. In fact, I met Lanny because while I was getting ice cream at the college cafeteria, my best friend let him know I was interested. HA!!

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