How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker

Summer has arrived and it’s the perfect time to enjoy delicious ice cream. And if you’ve always wanted to make homemade ice cream but didn’t want to buy an expensive ice cream maker, you can learn how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. In fact, most people prefer the taste of no-churn ice cream because it’s all natural and doesn’t contain any of the nasty additives found in store-bought products. Plus, it gives you the flexibility to customize the flavors to suit your tastes.

Although there are several methods for making ice cream without an ice cream maker, we have found the easiest method. The best thing is that it only requires a few ingredients, you can make it in minutes and will cost you a lot less than buying a jar at the grocery store!

So whether it’s vanilla or any other favourite, here’s how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker and impress your guests.

How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker

1. First, whip two cups (600 ml) of double cream by hand or with an electric mixer at medium-high speed. Do this for about two minutes until it thickens or forms stiff peaks.

Mix homemade ice cream

Mix homemade ice cream (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

2. Next, slowly drizzle half a can (397g) sweetened condensed milk to add sweetness. Then add a tablespoon of vanilla extract (to enhance the flavor of the vanilla ice cream), or your favorite flavorings or blends, such as melted chocolate, etc.

Mix ingredients for homemade ice cream

Mix ingredients for homemade ice cream (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

3. To finish, pour the mixture into a small cake tin, cover with cling film or in an airtight container and freeze. It is always better to freeze for at least six hours or overnight for the best results.

ice cream mix in tin

ice cream mix in tin (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

4. When ready to serve, leave the ice leave to stand for a few minutes at room temperaturebefore pouring it into bowls, dishes or cones.

Vanilla ice cream in a glass ramekin

Vanilla ice cream in a glass ramekin (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

This is commonly known as the two or three ingredient method. If you don’t have an electric kitchen mixer, one of the best blenders or a hand mixer works just as well for whipping up a storm. Keep in mind that this type of churn-free ice cream will melt a little faster than regular custard-based ice cream. But at least that’s one more reason to devour it in no time! You can also experiment with other flavors such as chocolate, white chocolate, mint, berries or other delicious blends.

How long can you keep homemade ice cream?

Bowl of chocolate ice cream on table

Bowl of chocolate ice cream on table (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Provided you have some self-control, homemade ice cream will keep in the freezer for about two weeks, provided it’s in an airtight container. Containers like this 28 Large Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids ($24, Amazon (opens in a new tab)), are suitable for freezing ice cream. Although it may last a little longer, the creamy texture may start to get grainy and large ice crystals may form after a few weeks.


If you’re looking to make other refreshing treats, read our guide to how to make iced coffee in 4 stepsor unleash your barista and inner master how to make espresso.

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