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5 from 4 votes

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: icecream
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal
Cost: $5


  • an ice cream maker


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cans evaporated milk 3 ⅓ cups altogether
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ~2 tbsp vanilla extract One tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt This is for the ice cream maker, optional.
  • 2 bags ice This is also for the ice cream maker, 20 pounds of ice total.


  • Beat four eggs in a large bowl and then add two tall cans of evaporated milk, 2 cups of sugar, and 3 cups of whole milk that is pretty fresh.
  • Add one tablespoon plus two teaspoons of vanilla.
  • Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Pour this into an airtight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Let rest for at least 30 minutes and pour into your ice maker, following the instructions. This makes a gallon of ice cream so it is great for a party and great in a large ice cream maker. This ice cream maker makes a whole gallon at a time. If you use this kind, you will need to surround it with ice and salt. Ice cream salt works really well, as does kosher salt. You should need about ¼ teaspoon per batch.
  • It should take 20 - 30 minutes for your ice cream to be ready. Ideally, make your ice cream indoors in the air conditioning. If the air temperature is really hot, it will take longer for the ice cream to form and your ice will keep melting.


Our ice cream maker is a little smaller, only 1.5 quarts instead of 4. We have the white version, but I love that it now comes in a fun red color. If you have an ice cream maker similar to this one, you will need to do two batches that take about 15 - 20 minutes each.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 424mg | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 1mg