Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 3 cups - quartered strawberries
  • 1/3 cup - sugar
  • 1 cup - milk
  • 1 cup - sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon - salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon - vanilla extract
  • 1 cup - half and half
  • 2 cups - chilled whipping cream

How to Make Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

  • Clean strawberries and cut into quarters.
  • Place in a bowl and mash slightly.
  • Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of sugar and stir until mixed in thoroughly. Set strawberries aside.
  • Pour the milk into a heavy saucepan.
  • Over medium heat bring the milk to a gentle simmer (approximately 175 degree F) or until it begins to bubble around the edges.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • After removing from the heat, add remaining sugar and salt to the milk and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Add half and half, vanilla, and whipping cream.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Pour into a bowl and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Once the mixture has cooled, cover with plastic wrap and allow the mixture to age in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (or up to 24 hours).
  • This aging process will produce ice cream with more body and a smoother texture.
  • Finish mashing strawberries to desired consistency (this should make approximately 2.5 cups of sauce).
  • Cover the strawberries and place them in the refrigerator until just before adding them to the ice cream.
  • After aging (chilling) the mixture, remove from the refrigerator and stir.
  • The ice cream is now ready for the freezing process.
  • Follow the ice cream maker's instruction manual on the freezing process.
  • When the ice cream has thickened, but is still too soft to scoop, add the strawberries and stir until they are evenly distributed.
  • Or, add the strawberries and start the ice cream maker churning again to stir them into the ice cream.
  • Some makers have an opening in the top that is used to add flavorings as the ice cream is churning.
  • Once the strawberries are mixed in, scrape the ice cream into another container with an airtight cover.
  • Be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch head space for expansion.
  • Place the ice cream in the freezer for several hours to harden before serving.