I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is one of the most refreshing and popular summertime treats, and while it’s easy to pop into your local grocery store or haul the family to the local ice cream shop, there’s something special about making homemade ice cream. Fun for the entire family, it’s an event that just might become tradition at your backyard barbecues!
The instructions below include a basic recipe. As you become comfortable making homemade ice cream, you can begin experimenting with different add-ins, toppings or flavors.

Things You'll Need

Mix together the eggs and sugar in the large mixing bowl.

Mix in the Milnot and vanilla extract.

While mixing constantly, slowly pour in the ½ gallon of whole milk.

Add the instant pudding and mix until incorporated.

Transfer the ice cream mixture to the ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Makes one gallon of ice cream.


  • Adding any combination of the following to your mixture will enhance flavor: Chocolate chips, crushed cookie pieces, crushed candy pieces (such as peppermint or toffee bars), chopped nuts, mashed ripe bananas, chopped fresh or frozen berries, honey, caramel or fudge syrup or crumbled brownie bits.

  • It’s best to add solid ingredients either a few minutes before the ice cream completes the churning process or just after it’s finished. You can add in liquid flavorings before you begin the churning process.

  • When the mixture completes the churning process, you can serve it immediately in it’s “soft-serve” consistency, or you can place it in the freezer for at least an hour to allow the ice cream to harden. The longer the ice cream remains in the freezer, the harder the consistency.

  • For healthier ice cream, use low-fat milk instead of whole milk. Avoid using skim milk, which produces a thinner, less flavorful ice cream.