Homemade ice cream…without an ice cream maker

For the longest time, I have wanted to get an ice cream maker because I just love the idea of making my own ice cream.

So if you don’t have an ice cream maker, how do you make your own? I mean Breyers is great, but it’s just so much more fun to make your own (and probably cheaper too). It reminds me of the time I was at Girl Scout camp and we made ice cream, but it involved putting the ingredients into a can and rolling it around a lot.

bowl of oreo ice cream

The finished product. Yum!

Thanks to cook.can.read, I came across this recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker and has to be the simplest way to make ice cream I have come across so far. Of course, I had to give it a try and share the results with you.

All you need is heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and any other ingredient you desire to give it flavor. I went with oreo ice cream. After waiting overnight for the mixture to freeze, I have to say that I am quite impressed with how this ice cream turned out. It’s very creamy and rich. The only thing I would change is the amount of sweetened condensed milk used, especially since I added crushed oreos (with the creme).

What you’ll need
2 cups heavy cream
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (although I recommend reducing it to 3/4 of the can)
1 tsp vanilla extract

whipped cream

Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. I love watching this process.

folding in condensed milk

Fold in condensed milk and vanilla extract.

After this step, you can choose to add additional ingredients or substitute the vanilla extract for other flavors. I chose Oreos.

crushed oreos

Crushed oreos. A garlic press is perfect for crushing oreos in a ziploc bag.

The original recipe said to crush 5 Oreos, I think I crushed about 15 – 18 of them and ended up with this:

oreo mountains

Oreo mountains.

Next transfer the mixture to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight (that’s better) until firm. Waiting overnight, I felt like a little kid again and I had to distract myself to not repeatedly check on my ice cream. But, the wait was worth it.

oreo ice cream

A beautiful frozen brick of ice cream.

After trying this recipe, I highly recommend it. I know I’ll be using it again and trying out different flavors. Although, I now want to figure out if I can make sorbets without an ice cream maker too.

Have you ever made your own ice cream?

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16 thoughts on “Homemade ice cream…without an ice cream maker

  1. it worked, it worked! 🙂 how awesome. my friend Alon had great success with hers, too– she added fresh raspberries. my poor ice cream maker is going to stay at the back of the cupboard, I’m afraid, because this looks great.

  2. This is a dangerous recipe for me to read…I already eat enough ice cream outside of home, but to make it from scratch would mean I would never get off the couch! Cheers!

  3. Hi Nicolle,

    I made your ice cream recipe on the 4th of July. Did a double batch, one with fresh raspberries and one with crushed Symphony bars (chocolate almond toffee). They were both great. Thanks for sharing!

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    • That’s a good question. The original recipe doesn’t seem to mention that flavor, but I think melting some chocolate and then folding it into the whipped cream along with the condensed milk might work.

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