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Mom’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

My mom has used the same recipe for fifty years. I published my mom’s homemade vanilla ice cream recipe that uses eggs on July 4th. Last week, I published a homemade vanilla ice cream recipe with no eggs


What Kind of Milk Should I Use?

I was thinking this morning that I’ve tried everything including two cups of heavy cream, unpasturized milk from a local farmer’s cow, pasturized whole milk from the grocery store, 2% pasturized milk from the grocery store and soy milk.

Low Calorie or Richer, Smoother Taste?

It’s all up to you. The lower fat milks will give you a product that’s more of an ‘ice milk’ product. It’s a little icier. The higher fat milks result in a creamier ice cream. My mom’s rule of thumb is, “If you want lower calorie ice cream, use 2%  milk. If you want richer ice cream, use half and half.”

What About Fruit Flavors?

The other night, when I was asking my mom for her recipe, I asked what she does for other flavors. The ones she addressed were the fruit flavors. She said you  just mash whatever fruit you want: bananas, peaches, strawberries, and add it to the mix.

How  Much Fruit Should I Add?

Mom my said she uses anywhere from a pint to a quart of mashed fruit in her ice cream recipe. Keep in mind, this is for a one gallon recipe. So, you can adjust the amount as needed.  She adds the fruit to the basic recipe, pours it into the one gallon freezer can, and then finishes filling the can with milk.

Easy Blueberry Ice Cream

I like blueberry ice cream. I also like blueberries in milk. I tell the children it’s polka dot milk.

My Polka dot milk recipe:

Fill a tall, clear glass with frozen blueberries.

Pour milk over it. Smile. The milk has polka dots.

The blueberries also are covered with icy milk,

and they’re cold and ice-milk-like and sweet and tart.

You can see why I’d like blueberry ice cream. It’s really easy to make.

My Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

Start with a homemade vanilla ice cream recipe:
(with eggs or without eggs)

Take the bag of frozen blueberries out of your freezer.

Pour frozen blueberries into the mixed vanilla ice cream ingredients.
(Pour the blueberries in still frozen and stir to prevent a frozen clump.)

If you don’t like the slightly tart taste, add a little more sugar.

Triple Bear Tracks Ice Cream

Okay, now for a child favorite in my family. I’ve been naming the various flavors with ‘bear’ names.

This is the variation we call Triple Bear Tracks.

Use either of the vanilla recipes

Add chocolate chips, pecans and peanut butter.

In my little 1.5 quart maker, with the ‘dump in the ingredients’ chute at the top, I usually add these extra ingredients after it’s been freezing for a few minutes. The chopped chocolate chips and broken pecan pieces are easy.

For the peanut butter, I dip out little blobs from the jar and drop them into the ice cream maker one at a time.

Homemade Ice Cream Posts:

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Songs About Ducks, Geese, Donkeys and Teddy Bears
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – No Eggs – No Cooking – EASY! 🙂
My Mother’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Flavors Other Than Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream

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My Mom Makes Mmmm-Mmmm-Mmmm Good Food!

I grew up eating homemade vanilla ice cream (and homemade chocolate ice cream, and homemade peach ice cream, and homemade banana ice cream, and homemade pineapple ice cream, and homemade strawberry ice cream). Yes, I grew up eating homemade ice cream, and it was GOOD!

I Made Vanilla Ice Cream In My Little Ice Cream Maker

I recently made vanilla ice cream in my little (1.5 quart, electric) ice cream maker. I told my mom about looking online for easy recipes. I had not even asked her how she made it. I think it’s because I wanted to find a homemade ice cream recipe that uses no eggs.

“I Could Have Told You How To Make Ice Cream”

Mom – “I could have told you how to make ice cream”

Me – “Then, why didn’t you?”

Mom – “You didn’t ask me.”

I Finally Asked Her Last Night

Last night, my mom prepared a wonderful going-away dinner for a relative who is going away. Mmmmmm. It was a meal of comfort foods, really delicious. I don’t know if people who grew up in places other than the Southeastern USA like these foods, but I enjoyed every bite.

The Meal Last Night

The meal last night included these foods: Cantaloupe, Tomatoes and Avacado, Four Bean Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, Biscuits with Butter, Eye of the Round beef, and Lemon Pie for dessert.

All of it was prepared “from scratch”. That’s really not even a term we needed to use growing up, because there was no other alternative. Nothing was ever made from a mix. (One example from last night:  the crust of the pie was made with crushed graham crackers and melted butter toasted in the oven, and she used freshly squeezed lemon juice in the the pie filling).

Back To Mom’s Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Okay, after the wonderful food last night, I started writing down recipes to add to my “Cooking For The Motivationally Challenged” category. And, I finally asked my mom for her Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. (It’s a little more complicated than the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – No Eggs – No Cooking – EASY! 🙂. It’s not difficult. It just takes a little more time.)

This Recipe Uses Eggs

Mom – “If you want really good ice cream, put eggs and cream in it.”

History – My mother has  made this recipe for fifty years. She made it with eggs. She did not cook the eggs before making the ice cream. We never got sick.

Present Day – My mom gave me this recipe with egg-cooking instructions as part of the recipe.  Since people rarely eat raw eggs anymore, this recipe includes the way you can cook the eggs before adding them to the rest of the mix.

What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Recipe

Mom’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

3 eggs
2 and 1/2 cups of sugar
pinch of salt
1 can of evaporated milk

COOK these ingredients on low heat, stirring continuously. Cook it long enough to heat all the ingredients, but not enough to bring it to a boil.

COOL the mixture.

1 can of evaporated milk
1 Tablespoon Vanilla


Finish filling the gallon freezer with whole milk


Before You Make This Recipe

This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is for a one-gallon freezer. These are the tall can freezers that you surround with ice and rock salt and either crank or plug in.  This recipe assumes you have this type of freezer and you already know how to use it.

If you have a small freezer like I do, a little 1.5 gallon tub that you freeze in your freezer and then pour ice cream mix into and turn on, you’ll  need to either divide this recipe and save half for another day, or just make a half-sized recipe.

Mom’s Recipe for your 1/2 Gallon Freezer

2 eggs
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 can evaporated milk


1/2 can of evaporated milk
1 or 2 teaspoons of vanilla

POUR it into your ice cream maker

ADD as much whole milk as you need to fill


Serve and Enjoy

Homemade ice cream is best right when it finishes freezing. Everyone is ready and waiting with bowls and spoons in hand. The top comes off. The dash comes out. A big serving spoon goes down into that cold, smooth, sweet frozen mix and it comes back out with a huge scoop of ice cream for your bowl.  You dip your spoon into the ice cream and slip it into your mouth.

Mmmmmmmmm. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Eat slowly for maximum enjoyment.

Savor every bite.

Avoid brain freeze (the sudden headache you get from eating too quickly).

Homemade Ice Cream Posts:

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Songs About Ducks, Geese, Donkeys and Teddy Bears
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – No Eggs – No Cooking – EASY! 🙂
My Mother’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Flavors Other Than Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream

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