Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Emily Jacobs


  • 1 1/4 Cup  whole milk
  • 1 1/4 Cup  half-and-half
  • 1/2 Cup  sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  • 3 Tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla extract

To get that perfect scoop of homemade ice cream, you need to put the sprinkles aside and start at the beginning with a simple vanilla ice cream base, and we’re going to show you how. From start to finish, the process to make rich, velvety ice cream at home is fairly simple. Even better — we've made a few alterations to traditional ice cream recipes so that now it's even easier than you think.


In a medium saucepan, whisk together ¾ cup of the milk, all of the half-and-half, sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently being careful to not scorch the milk.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and reserved ½ cup milk. Whisk thoroughly so there are no lumps. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the milk mixture and whisk constantly until it thickens and comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and cook for an additional 5 minutes until very thick and a line drawn on the back of a spoon with you finger comes clean. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and chill over ice.

Let mixture chill a few hours in the refrigerator or overnight. Once chilled, whisk out any remaining lumps and freeze in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.


Calories per serving:

268 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 45g 69%
  • Carbs 150g 50%
  • Saturated 27g 137%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Sugars 129g
  • Monounsaturated 13g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 19g 37%
  • Cholesterol 142mg 47%
  • Sodium 840mg 35%
  • Calcium 665mg 66%
  • Magnesium 62mg 15%
  • Potassium 805mg 23%
  • Iron 0mg 3%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 547mg 78%
  • Vitamin A 434µg 48%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 58%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 11%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 40%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 6%
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