Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

One of the things I remember about visits to my Grandma’s house as a kid is her homemade ice cream. She had a little ice cream maker and would make us homemade ice cream on most visits to her house. It was fantastic. I’m still trying to perfect my versions these days, but below is a simple recipe for vanilla ice cream that has worked for me. Remember to get lots of ice and good rock salt for the ice cream maker. (One book I read said 20 lbs of ice for 1 gallon of ice cream! Wow!)

5 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 cups milk
1 quart heavy cream
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until mixture is stiff. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Pour into 1-gal freezer can and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Then enjoy!

(Note: it’s a good idea to plan to “ripen” the ice cream a bit in your regular freezer. Cover the lid and let it freeze for about 4 hours before it’s officially set. Of course, have any amount you’d like before you put it away to finish freezing! It’s too hard to wait!)

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