Make ice cream yourself without an ice cream maker: 5 summery recipes

You can make your own ice cream without an ice cream maker. You can use regional, seasonal and organic ingredients and also make vegan ice cream. We’ll show you how it’s done.

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Make ice cream yourself – how does it work?

Ice is basically nothing more than a deep-frozen liquid. However, to ensure that it does not freeze into a hard block like an ice cube, it is stirred regularly. This will break up the ice crystals and make the ice creamy. This is exactly what an ice cream machine does: it cools the ice cream mass and stirs it constantly.

But you can also make ice cream yourself without an ice cream maker. That is how it goes:

  • Mix the ingredients according to the recipe and pour into a freezer container.
  • Place the container in the freezer.
  • Check from time to time whether the mass begins to freeze.
  • Stir the ice cream mass vigorously with a whisk or a fork as soon as the first ice crystals form. Then chill the ice
  • again.
  • Repeat the previous step three to four times after half an hour.
  • If the ice cream is still too soft afterward, let it sit for another hour or two before eating.

If that’s too time-consuming for you, but you don’t want to do without homemade ice cream, you can of course also use an ice cream machine. It might be worth buying them together with friends or neighbors and swapping them back and forth with each other.

5 ice cream recipes to make yourself without an ice cream maker

Strawberry ice cream

150 grams of strawberries
70 g fine sugar or powdered sugar
125 ml fresh organic milk
50 ml sweet organic cream
2 tbsp lemon juice

Mash the strawberries with the sugar. Mix the fruit puree with milk and lemon juice. Whip the cream until stiff and mix it in as well. Make the ice cream as described above.

sour cream ice cream

500 ml organic sour cream/sour cream
150g powdered sugar
Juice and zest of two organic lemons or limes

Mix the ingredients and prepare the ice cream as explained above.

You can also use regular sugar instead of powdered sugar. It is best to boil it with 50 ml of water so that it dissolves. Then let it cool down and mix it with the other ingredients.

chocolate ice cream

100 ml whole milk
50 g fair trade chocolate (70% cocoa content)
50 g fair trade chocolate (whole milk)
200 g organic cream
1 tsp powdered sugar

Warm the milk and melt the chocolate in it. Then let the mixture cool down. Whip the cream with the icing sugar until stiff and mix with the chocolate milk. Then continue as described above.

banana ice cream (vegan)

One fully ripe Fair Trade banana per serving

If possible, use fully ripe bananas that already have brown spots on the skin.
Cut the bananas into half-inch slices.
Freeze the bananas for several hours or overnight.
Then puree them for a few minutes. Complete!

Tip: If the banana ice cream is still too soft for you, you can freeze it again until it is a little firmer. You can also add other frozen fruits.

Raspberry Sorbet (vegan)

500 g organic raspberries
150ml of water
160 grams of sugar
Zest of 1/2 unwaxed organic lemon

Boil the water with the lemon zest and the sugar. Let it cook for five minutes. Remove the lemon zest and let cool. Puree the raspberries with half of the sugar solution. Then push them through a sieve to remove the seeds. Mix the fruit puree with the remaining sugar solution. Place the mixture in the freezer and prepare the sorbet as described above.


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