Simply Perfect Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe (Sweet + Creamy)

Real sugar, fresh cream, and plenty of strawberries make this old-fashioned strawberry ice cream a homemade treat you'll love all summer long.
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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!

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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 ingredientsHomemade 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

frozen strawberries, eggs, sugar, cream, and milk on marble counter
  • whole milk
  • heavy whipping
  • sugar
  • yolks
  • 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!

small saucepan cooking strawberry puree

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!

beating sugar and eggs until lighter in color

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.

warm milk in bowl pouring into pan

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.

custard in saucepan coating back of spoon, straining custard into bowl

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.

ice cream machine churning ice cream base, pink ice cream with strawberry mixture added

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?

It can last in the freezer for up to a week. There are no preservatives, which is good, but it’s best to enjoy it right away.

Can I add other ingredients?

Yes! You can add nuts, chocolate chips, or any type of berry you like.

Can I use low-fat dairy?

No. Live a little.

Can you use frozen strawberries in the recipe?

Yes! Please do, especially if it’s not strawberry season.

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single scoop of strawberry ice cream in scoop resting on counter

Recipe for strawberry ice cream

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Freshly Churned Strawberry Ice Cream

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Real sugar, fresh cream, and plenty of strawberries make this old-fashioned strawberry ice cream a homemade treat you'll love all summer long.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Chilling time:7 hrs
Total Time:7 hrs 45 mins
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Equipment

  • ice cream maker
  • strainer

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Do not rush any stage of ice cream making or it will not freeze properly.
Any whole pieces of strawberry will re-freeze solid, so be sure to mash them well!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: real homemade ice cream, strawberry ice cream
Servings: 12 scoops
Author: Katie Shaw
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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!

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