Homemade ice cream is easy and rewarding, and will impress family and friends during the warm weather.
There are few things more satisfying and refreshing than savouring a scoop of homemade ice cream. The perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day, homemade ice cream delights the senses and the palate, spoonful by spoonful.
These days, there are an incredible number of creative ice cream recipes, so you can wow your guests or family with inventive and uniquely delicious flavours, such as salted caramel, lavender ice cream, blueberry coconut, lemon olive oil gelato and banana rum-raisin.
Here are two ways to create homemade ice cream without a maker.
The Ziploc bag method
If possible, chill your ice cream mix overnight. When you're ready, put two cups of the ice cream mix into a quart bag and seal. Then fill a gallon-sized bag halfway with ice and add one-half cup of kosher salt. Put the small ice-cream bag into the large, ice-filled bag and seal.
Shake it vigorously for five to ten minutes. It may be a good idea to shake your DIY ice cream project outside, or wrap another bag around the Ziploc one to prevent salty spillage if the bag tears. The result is a fabulously smooth, soft-serve style of ice cream.
Custard-based stir-it method
For this method, use a custard-based ice cream to ensure a creamy, smooth result. Prepare your ice cream mixture as your recipe directs, then chill it over an ice bath. Poor your custard mixture into a deep baking dish or bowl and freeze it.
Check on your creation after 45 minutes. Using a spatula or whisk, stir it vigorously as it starts to freeze. Make sure you beat up any frozen sections, then return the mixture to the freezer. Continue to check on and stir your ice cream every 30 minutes, for about two to three hours. This creamy dessert is best consumed as soon as it's ready!