I Scream, You Scream! A Guide to Making Homemade Ice Cream

This infinitely adaptable summer favorite is at its best when it’s fresh and homemade.


  • The rich, creamy, certified organic pint from Three Twins wowed our editorial offices. $5 a pint; threetwinsicecream.com
    Photo Courtesy Three Twins
  • Ben & Jerry’s latest creation features addiction-inducing chocolate-covered potato chips and a salted caramel swirl. The sweetest part is it’s Fair Trade-certified, as well as hormone- and antibiotic-free. $4 a pint; benjerry.com
    Photo Courtesy Ben & Jerry's

  • Organic strawberries and cream combine for the freshest-tasting strawberry ice cream you’ve ever had. $5 a pint; organicvillefoods.com
    Photo Courtesy Organicville
  • The dairy-free delights of So Delicious can be enjoyed by all, and you’ve never had pomegranate like this. $5 a pint; turtlemountain.com
    Photo Courtesy So Delicious

Gather the family or a group of friends for the fun and creativity of a homemade ice cream-making party. These recipes require an ice cream maker—see our favorite models below. Choose any of the tasty variations we recommend, or create your own. Once you’re comfortable with decadent Vanilla Bean, you can make your own slew of fresh flavor combinations.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream  
Makes about 1 quart  

This rich and creamy recipe is a perfect base for layering on your favorite flavors.

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped (or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup fine raw sugar



1. Place ice cream cylinder in the freezer. In a bowl, mix together milk and cream. Drop in vanilla bean and scraped seeds. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. In a saucepan set over medium-low heat, bring refrigerated liquid mixture and salt just to a boil. Meanwhile, beat yolks and sugar until thick.

grax.mccoar
7/18/2014 11:54:13 AM

Recipes like this one are always called "frozen custards" in all my vintage and antique cookbooks. Ice cream is uncooked and much simpler to make.




Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Get the latest on Natural Health and Sustainable Living with Mother Earth News!

Mother Earth News

Your friends at Mother Earth Living are committed to natural health and sustainable living. Unfortunately, the financial impact of COVID-19 has challenged us to find a more economical way to achieve this mission. We welcome you to our sister publication Mother Earth News. What you sought in the pages of Mother Earth Living can be found in Mother Earth News. For over 50 years, “The Original Guide to Living Wisely” has focused on organic gardening, herbal medicine, real food recipes, and sustainability. We look forward to going on this new journey with you and providing solutions for better health and self-sufficiency.

The impact of this crisis has no doubt affected every aspect of our daily lives. We will strive to be a useful and inspiring resource during this critical time and for years to come.

Best wishes,
Your friends at Mother Earth Living and Mother Earth News

Save Money & a Few Trees!

By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of Mother Earth News for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Classifieds