Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep time
10 mins
Total Time
25 to 30 mins + freeze time
27 ratings

Vanilla ice cream is one of life’s little joys. Churn your own to make it a big one.



1. Prepare/freeze the insert of your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.


2. Use a whisk to stir sugar into milk (or half & half) until it completely dissolves. Stir in the whipping cream and vanilla extract.


3. Add mixture to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze the ice cream 4 or more hours.


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Kate from Minnesota on July 27th, 2015
I noticed your comments concerning carrageenan and your whipping cream from 3 years ago. Are you still trying to eliminate the carrageenan? I would like to buy your cream, as it's at my store but not if it has carrageenan.
Bonny from Vermont on July 6th, 2015
Thanks for the simple-ingredient recipe. I think people have a problem with the "controversy in using carrageenan" because many of us do not want any additives, period. I am personally sick of people adding things to my food. Buy a cow? Puh-leez.
carol from Florida on March 17th, 2014
Carrageenan creates havoc on many people's digestive system. Mine included. The pasturized (NOT Ultra P) heavy cream without the carrageenan is very hard to find. Most grocers don't even know there's a difference. To use, you just shake it up in the carton before pouring (like Granny used to do). Much cleaner tasting too.
Betty from Scio, Ohio on May 29th, 2013
The Best
Lighter Vanilla Ice Cream

Mix well:
1 Cup Organic Valley 2% milk
1 Cup Organic Valley French Vanilla half and half
1 Cup Organic Valley heavy cream
2/3 Cup sugar
Pinch of sea salt

Process with your ice cream maker. Makes 1.5 Qts
ROBERT ROY from TEXAS on April 25th, 2013
Try Agave or "raw" honey for sweetner, both are organic
ROBERT ROY from TEXAS on April 25th, 2013
Try Agave or "raw" unprocessed honey, both are true organic sweetners
ROBERT ROY from TEXAS on April 25th, 2013
A simple organic sweetner with the full body taste of refined sugar is Agave, another alternative is "raw" unprocessed honey. Both are pretty interchangeable in taste to me.
Billy from Newburgh,IN on July 27th, 2012
exactly how much does this recipe make? I have a 5qt. freezer.
Angela from on July 19th, 2012
My kids liked it with maple syrup. Do you carry dairy that is 100% grassfed? Organic with some grass is great but we are hearing a lot about the benefits of 100% grassfed.
Beth from Stillwater MN on June 28th, 2012
I'm with Kaitlin - why the controversy over carrageenan???? Yes, fewer ingredients are better, but if you need to add them for stabilization in shipping (the reason in the case of whipping cream) then it's best to use a natural ingredient - which carrageenan IS - instead of chemicals.
If you want the MOST minimal ingredients in your whipping cream - buy a cow.

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