DIY Dad: Easy Homemade Ice Cream


Once you make this easy ice cream base, you can create any flavor of ice cream in the world. I used it to make Peach Buttered Rum ice cream at the track recently, and drew a crowd when I busted out the liquid nitrogen! You don’t have to do it that way though – you can use a conventional ice cream maker or just mix it up and stick it in the freezer.


Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Base


1 ½ cups whole milk
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract


If you’re using liquid nitrogen, just put all the ingredients in a mixer, then add the liquid nitrogen slowly and mix on medium speed until the ice cream reaches the consistency you like.

If you’re using an ice cream machine, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you don’t have either, mix up all the ingredients in a metal cake tin and put it in the freezer. It will come out more semi-fredo that way (Italian for semi-frozen), but either way you’ll impress your friends and it’ll taste great.

What’s the craziest ice cream flavor you’ve ever tried?



Photo credit: Nicole Dinardo, istockphoto

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