How to Make Homemade Ice Cream With Just Four Ingredients

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Anyone who’s watched a cooking competition show knows that ice cream is supposed to be hard to make. The frozen dessert is usually prepared with finicky machines that are not designed for home kitchens. Even some smaller countertop versions can cost more than a year’s worth of Ben & Jerry’s supply.

While making ice cream at home isn’t as simple as popping it out of a tub, it’s not as difficult as you might think either. You don’t even need fancy equipment, just a 16 oz. mason jar ($6 on Amazon) and elbow grease. According delight, the simplest recipe for homemade ice cream consists of four ingredients. Start by adding 1 cup heavy cream, 1.5 tbsp granulated sugar, 0.5 tsp vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the mason jar. Then close the lid and start shaking.

This is the hardest part of the process. The cream should be shaken vigorously for 4-5 minutes to set in the freezer. It will be easier if you recruit other members of your household to help you (the promise of ice cream is a good motivator).

Your dessert is ready to freeze once it has doubled in size and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Store the sealed jar in the freezer and in about 3 hours you should have firm, scoopable homemade ice cream.

This recipe keeps things simple, but you are free to add flavorings to the base and the toppings to the final product if you want to mix things up. Here are some weird but real ice cream flavors to inspire you.

[h/t delish]

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