CASA GRANDE — What’s more refreshing on a triple-digit day than a frozen treat like ice cream?

In these days of social distancing and staying at home as much as possible, it’s nice to make ice cream at home rather than traveling to the grocery store to buy it.

Simple or Not Kitchen recently put three homemade ice cream-making techniques to the test using the same four ingredients — milk, cream, sugar and vanilla.

The techniques we used were:

  • churning the mixture in an electric ice cream maker,
  • transferring the mixture in a freezer bag, placing it in the freezer and taking it out every 45 minutes to shake it pretty vigorously,
  • putting the milk-cream mixture into a small plastic bag, placing that bag in a larger bag with ice and salt and shaking it until it turned to ice cream.

All three methods resulted in a pretty good ice cream. The first and third techniques produced the smoothest, creamiest version.

In method one, we simply mixed our ingredients and followed the directions on the ice cream maker. Within 15 to 20 minutes, the mixture was smooth, creamy and ready to eat.

In the third, we put a 9-year-old neighbor, Kenny Swoboda, to work shaking the mixture. He tired out pretty quickly. But with all of us taking turns shaking, the mixture turned into a yummy and creamy mixture in 20 to 25 minutes.

This method was fun and kept Kenny, a highly energetic kid, pretty busy for much of the time. The incentive of ice cream after all that shaking kept him motivated much of the time.

Our second technique eventually resulted in a passable ice cream, but it took several hours and it was not nearly as smooth as the first two methods. In a pinch, however, it works as nice ice cream. We shook the mixture for about 2 minutes about every 45 minutes.

All the ice creams tasted the same and the texture and creaminess of the first and third methods were nearly identical.

The recipe we followed is below. It can be modified to suit any diet or taste preference.

Homemade vanilla ice cream

2 cups milk

2 cups heavy cream or whipping cream

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix ingredients together and churn or shake it into ice cream using an ice cream maker, baggie-on-ice or freezer bag method.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at