Classic Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Classic Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

We splurged this spring and finally bought a White Mountain ice cream maker!

It had been on our list of things to buy with wedding money (yes, my husband’s list too). So almost two years later, we finally decided we HAD TO HAVE ONE!

And I have to say it has been great timing considering ice cream is almost a daily craving of mine…not really certain if it’s the pregnancy talking or just me giving into my normal addictions… either way, this machine has probably already paid for itself by eliminating late night errands for soft serve!

I have made several batches already this spring and continue to tweak my recipe. Many old favorite recipes have raw eggs in them, so I set out to create a more “pregnancy friendly” version. So far everyone has loved it!

Here is how I made my most recent and favorite batch yet!

Grab a spoon!


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Creamy and dreamy!


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Classic Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8-10

This recipe makes a full batch for our machine (6 quarts = 1½ gallons)
  • 6 c. 2% Milk
  • 4 c. Half & Half
  • 2 c. Whipping Cream
  • 2¾ c. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract

  1. Heat the milk in a large pot until just slightly bubbling at the edges.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and salt until dissolved.
  3. Then stir in the half & half, whipping cream and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to make (at least 25-30 minutes to cool)
  5. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker, seal and surround with lots of ice and ice cream salt. Churn away!

Being extra generous with our rock salt while making the ice cream seems to speed up the process and create the perfect ice cream texture as soon as it’s done spinning! So creamy!

Make ahead in the morning or the night before! Comes together very quickly!

Maybe this will make your menu for the upcoming 4th of July festivities! I sure hope it makes mine!

Thanks as always for stopping by, friend!