Frugal Homemade Ice Cream

by Merissa on June 15, 2011

in Recipes

Normally when you make homemade ice cream you use quite a bit of cream, and with the rising cost of dairy and cream already being expensive, sometimes it's cheaper just to do without. I love a cool ice cream treat now and then so I knew there had to be a solution! This recipe requires an ice cream maker of some sort. If you don't have at rummage sales or end of the season sales to pick one up. They are worth it!

What you need:

  • 4 c. Half and Half
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1 t. Vanilla Extract

Pour all the ingredients together in the ice cream maker. You can use turbinado sugar in this recipe instead of white sugar as long as you send it through your blender first to make more of a fine powder. Turn on the ice cream maker and let the magic happen. For us, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes. It won't be hard like store bought ice cream unless you freeze it for a while after you make it, otherwise it will be more of a milk shake consistency. Still very yummy either way!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mel June 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

can you add strawberries or chocolate to this and stilll get milkshakes


2 Merissa June 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Yes! You could add cookies or fruit or anything to make it even more yummy. 🙂


3 Claudia Savich June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

gonna have to try this, hubby likes cocoanut so some flavoring and flake cocoanut should be good


4 Nicole Andra Ray June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Mmm… sounds delish!! TY


5 mary brixey June 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

sounds yummy must try soonwe make onethat ha eggs in t!!!!!!!!!it yummy too oh and creamtoo.


6 Kathy Elliott Anderson June 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I heard Friday is National Ice Cream day. So if you don’t have the fixings today, you can get them by then and feel very hip making it on the “correct” day, lol 🙂


7 Michaelann D June 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

The first recipe I ever used (& still the 1 I use most often), calls for 1/2 whipping cream & 1.2 light cream (half & half). Much richer, while saving a lot of money


8 Kathryn July 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Can you use splenda instead of sugar?


9 Merissa July 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I don’t use sugar replacers so I’m not sure. Hopefully someone else will comment that uses them!


10 Kim Vincent June 11, 2014 at 1:48 am

I am in Australia and make one similar, i use dextrose or natvia and works out just fine


11 matt June 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Do you think you could use the baggie and rock salt method to make this instead of an ice cream maker


12 Merissa June 11, 2014 at 8:36 am

I haven’t tried it but I don;t see why not 🙂


13 Kim Vincent June 11, 2014 at 1:45 am

I’m in Australia and follow sweet poison eating plan (no fructose) i make one very similar with cream, vanilla and replace the sugar with dextrose, have also made it with natvia and works out just fine 🙂


14 ashley August 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

Can this recipe be used to make ice cream in regular freezer instead of ice cream maker?


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