Old-Fashioned Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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How to make the best, old-fashioned, homemade strawberry ice cream using an ice cream maker. Easy, creamy dessert recipe using fresh or frozen strawberries!

homemade strawberry ice cream in canister with churning paddle

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of my dad’s homemade banana ice cream… Besides maybe his homemade strawberry ice cream. Oh my goodness, I love summer because it means delectable bowls of creamy frozen deliciousness.

This churned strawberry ice cream recipe is made using an old-fashioned ice cream maker, not the crank kind, but the motor kind (you’re welcome). You can use an old crank handled maker if you want, but I prefer motor.

You can also use fresh or frozen berries. For some reason, when we went to make this ice cream, the stores were completely out of strawberries, everywhere we looked.

Not sure if there’s a shortage or what, but we decided to use frozen, and it turned out beautifully.

blue bowl of strawberry ice cream made the old-fashioned way

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my freezing tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the strawberry ice cream recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

First of all, make sure your ice cream freezer, especially the canister, is washed out good. We store ours in the garage, so we always have to wash it before we use it.

Also, prep your berries. If they're fresh strawberries, you'll need to wash and stem the berries before crushing them with a blender; if you're using frozen strawberries, you'll just need to crush them.

crushed frozen strawberries for homemade ice cream recipe

I recommend using a mixer to mix up homemade strawberry ice cream with condensed milk. This will ensure that the ingredients are mixed really well.

  1. Start by creaming (or mixing) the eggs* and the sugar together. Then add in the vanilla extract.
  2. Next, mix in the sweetened condensed milk, scraping all the ooey gooey liquid out of the can with a spatula
  3. Then add all 3 cans of evaporated milk, and add in a good-sized dash of salt, which equals out to about a teaspoon. Mix everything together well.
  4. Mix in the strawberries, and pour the mixture into the metal canister of your ice cream maker. Then finish topping off the canister with whole milk, making sure to fill it about 3/4 of the way full, leaving room for expansion as it freezes. Your metal canister should have a fill line.
steps for how to make strawberry ice cream with vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, fresh or frozen strawberries, and whole milk in mixer and ice cream maker

HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM WITH AN OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM MAKER

Freezing the strawberry mixture to make old-fashioned strawberry ice cream is fairly easy, especially once you get it going. You will need to stay with it so you can monitor if it needs more ice, rock salt, or needs unplugged when done.

While I always advise you to follow manufacturer instructions for your specific ice cream maker, here are a few tips.

  1. Put the lid on, and place the metal canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.
  2. Crush a big bag of ice, gradually pouring ice around the canister. Tip: You can add up to a gallon of water if needed, as well. We sometimes do this because our motor will seize up. Adding a bit of water will help it keep turning.
  3. Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.
  4. Let the motor run until it stops. Once the ice cream is frozen, the motor on your ice cream maker will stop churning. Unplug it immediately. This should signal that the ice cream is completely frozen.
freezing homemade strawberry ice cream in ice cream maker

Wipe any excess ice or rock salt off the lid and out from around the top of the canister. Then remove the lid.

Carefully remove the churning paddle, and serve the ice cream immediately.

churned strawberry ice cream recipe in ice cream maker canister

If you’re not ready to serve it up just yet, you can always leave the lid on, remove the motor, top the canister off with ice, and place a towel or two over it to insulate it and keep it cold. 

Mmmm, I love this homemade strawberry ice cream recipe. It's just so good!

scooping strawberry ice cream out of metal canister

WHERE TO FIND ROCK SALT

While you can find smaller bags or boxes of rock salt online and at the grocery store, sometimes you can get a bigger and less expensive bag at a hardware store or feed store.

ALTERNATIVE RECIPE OPTIONS

  • Hand crush the strawberries with a potato masher, so you’ll have bigger chunks of berries in your ice cream.
  • Instead of just straight strawberry, why not make it strawberry banana? Add a couple bananas in with the strawberries for added fruity flavor.
  • You can make this a berry ice cream by adding all sorts of berries, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • Add both crushed frozen peaches and strawberries to your ice cream mixture.
blue bowl of old-fashioned strawberry ice cream

WHAT GOES WITH STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM?

Top your ice cream with whipped cream and/or strawberry sauce.

If you happen to be making strawberry ice cream for the 4th of July, serve it up with my friend Kristy’s American Flag Cookie Cake or my Strawberry Jello Flag Cake. Yum!

MORE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM RECIPES:

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE:

Blender or Potato Masher – for crushing the berries.

Mixer – A mixer will ensure you mix everything together really well.

Ice Cream Freezer – This is an ice cream maker recipe, so you’ll need a maker/freezer.

Food Storage Containers – We use dishes similar to these to store our ice cream in the freezer, especially when we have a big batch.

Ice Cream Scoop – Can’t have ice cream without a scooper.

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Yield: 24 servings

Old-Fashioned Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

How to make the best, old fashioned, homemade strawberry ice cream using an ice cream maker. Easy, creamy dessert recipe using fresh or frozen strawberries!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Freeze Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Ice Cream:

Freezing Supplies:

Instructions

  1. Cream (or mix) the eggs and the sugar together using a mixer.
  2. Then add in the vanilla extract.
  3. Next, mix in the sweetened condensed milk, scraping all the ooey gooey liquid out of the can with a spatula.
  4. Add both cans of evaporated milk.
  5. Add in a good-sized dash of salt, which equals out to about a teaspoon.
  6. Mix in the crushed strawberries, mixing everything together well.
  7. Make sure your ice cream freezer, especially the canister, is washed out and ready.
  8. Pour the mixture into the metal canister of your ice cream maker.
  9. Finish topping off the canister with whole milk, making sure to fill it about 3/4 of the way full, leaving room for expansion as it freezes. Your metal canister should have a fill line.
  10. Put the lid on, and place the metal canister down into the bucket of your ice cream maker.
  11. Crush a big bag of ice, gradually pouring ice around the canister.**
  12. Add 2-3 cups of rock salt as you add the ice, making sure to top it off with rock salt.***
  13. Let the motor run until it stops. Once the ice cream is frozen, the motor on your ice cream maker will stop churning. This should signal that the ice cream is completely frozen.
  14. Unplug it immediately.
  15. Wipe any excess ice or rock salt off the lid and out from around the top of the canister. Then remove the lid.
  16. Carefully remove the churning paddle.
  17. Serve the homemade strawberry ice cream immediately. If you’re not ready to serve it up just yet, you can always leave the lid on, remove the motor, top the canister off with ice, and place a towel or two over it to insulate it and keep it cold.

Notes

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

** Tip: You can add up to a gallon of water if needed, as well. We sometimes do this because our motor will seize up. Adding a bit of water will help it keep turning.

***Be sure to use actual rock salt for freezing the ice cream; it is absolutely essential that you use rock salt, or your ice cream will not freeze.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 74mg Sodium: 14360mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 27g Protein: 9g

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