This is the best strawberry ice cream recipe that I’ve found. It has simple ingredients and is easy to make. If you’re looking for a fresh and straightforward dessert for spring and summer, give this one a try!
How to make strawberry ice cream from scratch
Making ice cream can be a simple and delicious task. All you need are the simplest of ingredients and a little patience. You can use fresh or frozen fruit depending on what is available at the time. There are just a few easy steps to make the perfect ice cream for your family!
What you’ll love about this recipe:
Basic ingredients– Homemade ice cream has no fillers, weird ingredients, or preservatives. That’s what makes it so delicious.
Make-ahead– Even though there are a lot of steps, you can have this recipe ready to go ahead of time, making it perfect for a spring get-together.
It’s fun!– There’s nothing like churning custard into ice cream and pouring in strawberries to make it bright pink. Kids will love to help with those steps
What you’ll need
- whole milk
- heavy whipping
- pinch salt
- sliced strawberries (you can find them pre-sliced in the freezer aisle and this is a great choice and makes the prep easy!)
- lemon juice
- an ice cream maker (I have a simple electric model that I’ve used for years. But any kind will work fine.)
Step by step homemade strawberry ice cream
Make sure you have your ice cream maker ready before starting this process, as it takes 24 hours for the canister to chill thoroughly. (Unless you have one of the cool ones that you don’t have to pre-chill, in which case, ignore me.)
Make the perfect sugared strawberries by combining 1/4 cup sliced berries, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium-low heat for 3 minutes before turning off heat & mashing into a delicious berry sauce with a potato masher or fork until some pieces are still intact. It will smell and look beautiful!
Heat the milk and cream with some 1/2 cup of sugar. Add this mixture to a large saucepan over medium heat, warming it until it is hot (175 degrees), or about five minutes. It should be steaming but not simmering!
Beat eggs until they become lighter yellow: yolks only. (Save the whites and make meringue-topped key lime pie!)
Here’s where it all seems a little complicated, but once you make homemade ice cream the first time, it will make sense. We have eggs, and we have hot milk. We can’t just dump them together, or the eggs will cook. Gross. We must add the hot milk a bit at a time.
So slowly scoop some of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Add 1/2 cup at a time, and stir. Add a little more. Keep going until half of the milk has been added to it. Now the eggs are safe. Dump the whole egg mixture back into the saucepan. Everything is back in there now.
Now we heat the whole thing up. Return it to the heat. The mixture will be ready when it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Remove from the heat, add a pinch of salt, and strain it to remove any bits of egg that got cooked. It happens sometimes.
Now we have these two components, and they need to chill. Pop them in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap, and let them cool for at least 4 hours or. until they are very cold.
Finally, we churn!
The first step is setting up the machine according to manufacturer instructions. Pour in the custard and let the ice cream maker run until it becomes soft-serve consistency. Then pour in the strawberry mixture and let it churn a few minutes more until it’s incorporated. Once that’s done, we’ll start.
Scoop it all into a freezer-safe container (we use a loaf pan) and pop it back in the freezer until it’s firm enough to scoop.
Tips for successful ice cream making
- Plan ahead! The recipe takes a little time to make.
- The ice cream will be firmer if you let it set in the freezer overnight.
- The ingredients are simple but important. Make sure to use fresh dairy products and ripe berries.
Frequently asked ice cream questions
How long does homemade ice cream last?
Can I add other ingredients?
Can I use low-fat dairy?
Can you use frozen strawberries in the recipe?
More freshly churned recipes you’ll love
- Once you’ve mastered basic homemade vanilla ice cream, the world is yours. Add anything you’d like.
- Fresh peach ice cream is a summer classic.
- If you want something non-fruity, try candy cane ice cream or caramel pecan ice cream.
Recipe for strawberry ice cream
Freshly Churned Strawberry Ice Cream
- ice cream maker
For the ice cream base
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- pinch salt
For the strawberry mix-in
- 2 cups sliced strawberries frozen works well
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Prepare ice cream maker by freezing the canister. Many machines require at least 24 hours of chilling, so don’t forget to do this first.
- Make the sugared strawberries. Combine the sliced strawberries, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and mash with a potato masher or fork until it is like a sauce with some berry pieces still intact.
- Heat the milk and cream with some of sugar. Add the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar to a large saucepan. Over medium heat, warm the mixture until it is very warm (175 degrees), about 5 minutes. It should be steaming but not simmering
- Beat the eggs and remaining sugar. While the mixture is heating, combine the egg yolks with the remaining cup of sugar. Beat until it turns lighter yellow in color. A hand mixer works well for this.
- Temper the eggs by slowly adding some of the warm milk. Remove the milk mixture from the heat, and half a cup at a time, add roughly half of it to the egg mixture. Mix after each addition. Adding the warm milk slowly prevents it from cooking the eggs. Once you’ve added about half of the milk mixture into the eggs, pour the entire milk- egg mixture back into the saucepan. Heat over medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is 185 degrees, or has thickened enough the coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil.
- Chill the custard and strawberries. Remove custard from heat and stir in the salt. Strain the mixture using a strainer or cheesecloth set over a large bowl. Allow to cool at room temperature, then cover and place in fridge until very cold- at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
- Churn. Remove custard from fridge and set up ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Churn until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream, then add the strawberry mixture. Let the machine run a few more minutes until the ice cream is pink and the berries are distributed throughout.
- Freeze. Cover and refreeze 2-4 hours until hardened. Scoop and serve. Will last up to week in the freezer, stored in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed on top.
Homemade ice cream is a tasty and rewarding summer dessert. If you have the time, it’s worth making from scratch to enjoy all of its deliciousness without any preservatives or artificial flavorings. The recipe for strawberry ice cream we’ve provided above might be a little complicated at first glance, but once you get started, it’ll make sense in no time! Enjoy!