With so many wonderful ice creams to choose from in the grocery store it doesn’t always seem worth it to go through all the hard work of making homemade ice cream. You have the tons of steps and procedures to go through. I know for me when I weigh out making ice cream from scratch or driving down to my local grocery store, often the store comes out on top.
This ice cream is different. It is so easy! It takes only 6 ingredients and is far better than the strawberry ice cream down on the grocery aisle.
I made this ice cream from fresh strawberries that I stuck in the freezer just before leaving for vacation, came home and defrosted them and whipped this up in no time. I hate wasting food and I was glad I was able to salvage some fresh strawberries and create something so delicious with them.
The other bonus of this super simple recipe is that you get a chance to enjoy the ice cream as a soft serve and then again as at a hard freeze. I promise you you will love it.
Here’s the recipe:
Adapted from this recipe
1 lb. strawberries, stemmed and hulled, halved if large or frozen and thawed
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup 2% milk
Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt. Using a potato masher to mash them well. Let the mixture sit 10 minutes stirring every couple minutes.
Transfer the mixture to your blender and add the cream and milk. Puree until smooth. Place in a container and chill in fridge for at least 3 hours. (The original recipe said 6 hours but I saw no issue with chilling it a smaller amount of time. However, my strawberries were kept in the fridge before starting this procedure and I think that makes it all a bit colder to start with.)
Freeze in your ice cream maker. I love my little Cuisinart ice cream maker. It is a great machine and super easy to use and clean. I just keep the canister in the freezer at all times so that whenever I am ready to make a sorbet or ice cream it is ready.
Once the ice cream comes together stop your machine and scoop the ice cream out and place in an air tight container. This is a great time to enjoy some of that ice cream in the soft frozen stage. YUM! Store the container in your freezer and enjoy.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts