Learn how to make no-churn ice cream with this easy recipe. You can make homemade ice cream without needing a special ice cream maker appliance!

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Hey there my friend! Hope you were able to keep cool over the weekend!

It sure has been a great summer so far, am I right? We’ve lucked out with the weather being mostly sunny and not too terribly hot so far. And on those days when the mercury does rise a bit higher, there’s always ice cream to cool you off!

I have a lot of homemade ice cream recipes on this site, and up until recently they were all the old-fashioned, slow churned kind. You just can’t beat it for richness and full flavor. But last year, I posted this Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Cake (of the no-churn variety), and everybody went nuts for it. Including me, lol! I was sure I would not like no-churn ice cream, but boy did I turn out to be wrong.

Turns out, no-churn ice cream can be darn good if you go about it the right way. So today, I’m going to share everything I’ve learned about how to make your best-ever no-churn ice cream!

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If you’re not familiar with the ice cream making process, there’s basically two ways to go about it: the old-fashioned way (which starts with an egg custard that’s cooked, cooled, and then churned in an ice cream maker) and the no-churn way (which is a pretty nifty shortcut).

The old-fashioned way has the most incredible richness. It’s so creamy and decadent. In my opinion, store-bought can’t even come close to the incredible flavor you get with homemade, slow-churned ice cream. There’s a bit of extra effort involved, but I don’t think you’ll ever regret giving that extra care and love. It pays off in flavor for sure!

My favorite recipes are this Simply Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream, and this chocolate ice cream recipe.

The only down side with these kinds of recipes is that you really have to plan ahead. The canister of the ice cream maker needs to freeze overnight, and the custard needs time to chill before you can churn it. So you’re really looking at a 2 to 3 day long process (mostly downtime, but still).

With no-churn ice cream, you can whip up a batch the moment the craving strikes. And it’s only a small handful of ingredients, depending on the flavor you want to create.

For this tutorial, I am sticking with vanilla, for simplicity’s sake. But you could jazz it up however you like. Add in some chunks of fresh fruit or fruit puree. Or some of your favorite candy, brownies, or cookies. Fold in some melted, cooled chocolate. Try adding pretzels, or swirl it with jam, marshmallow sauce, or chocolate syrup! The possibilities are endless.

** WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S DONE! **

As you can see, it’s as easy as whipping some cream, folding in a little sweetened condensed milk, and whatever flavorings your heart desires. It’s pretty basic.

And because it’s not quite as rich and decadent as a slow-churned ice cream recipe, you want to make up for that with your add-ins. Since this vanilla variety is so simple, I recommend really amping it up by using the best vanilla extract you can get your hands on (and plenty of it!), as well as a real vanilla bean. (If you can’t find vanilla beans in your local supermarket, it’s really easy to order them online.) All of this will just take the vanilla-ness of it all straight off the charts! You’ll never even believe you’re eating a shortcut ice cream recipe.

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And please don’t forget the salt! Fat carries flavor and so does salt, so don’t leave it out! You won’t believe the difference just a little pinch of kosher salt can make in all of your desserts. It will really take your no-churn ice cream from good to great!

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How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream

Learn how to make no-churn ice cream with this easy recipe.  You can make homemade ice cream without needing a special ice cream maker appliance!

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (optional, may be replaced with other flavorings/add-ins)

Instructions

  1. Place the heavy cream in a large mixing bowl and whip on medium speed until it holds stiff peaks (about 4 minutes).
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, kosher salt, and vanilla bean seeds (or other flavorings/add-ins).
  3. Fold together until well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, and freeze for 2 hours (or preferably, overnight).

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 803kcal Calories from fat 628
% Daily Value
Total Fat 70g 108%
Saturated Fat 41g 205%
Cholesterol 262mg 87%
Sodium 177mg 7%
Carbohydrate 41g 14%
Sugars 41g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

More great ice cream recipes on my “Ice Creams, Mousses, Custards & Puddings” Pinterest board!


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No-churn ice cream: I tried this and it really works!  Really easy!  You don't need a special ice cream maker appliance to make homemade ice cream.  Video tutorial makes it super simple.  food desserts ice cream
No-churn ice cream: I tried this and it really works! Really easy! You don't need a special ice cream maker appliance to make homemade ice cream. Video tutorial makes it super simple. food desserts ice cream