How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

With summer in full swing, it’s hard to avoid all the ice cream related social content out there in the interwebs. It feels like you can barely boot up your computer without a new ice cream recipe or “Best Ice Cream Spots” post staring back at you.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably screaming back “I want to try that recipe/flavor like, yesterday. But boohoo… no ice cream machine!”.

Well, your ice cream prayers (ours) have been answered as we’ve discovered 4 easy ways to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine or maker. Learn how now and start eating as early as tonight.


How-To Make Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine:


2 Ingredient Wonder


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Seriously, you can’t afford to not try this recipe/method found on kevin & amanda! It’s super simple with a super pure flavor profile. Sold.


Ice Cube Tray & Food Processor

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Got a blender or food processor but no ice cream maker? No problem! With this genius idea found on Serious Eats, making homemade ice cream is as easy as making frozen margaritas.


Ice Bath Stir Method

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This method is courtesy of popular food blogger, David Lebovitz. He details out how to make ice cream using ice cream mixture, an ice bath, and periodic stirring.


The Bag Method

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To use this method by the kitchn, all you need is ice cream mix, rock salt, ice, and Ziplock bags. Much more economical than an ice cream machine right?!


Once you master homemade ice cream, try your hand at ice cream social hosting with our How to Host the Best Ice Cream Parties: All the Tips, Tricks, & Ideas You Need post and all the ice cream party supplies you could ever need!