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Not Your Uncle Paul’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – No Cooking Required

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Are you looking for a homemade vanilla ice cream recipe that doesn’t require cooking?  You’ve come to the right place!  This is the best ever homemade vanilla ice cream our family has been enjoying for my whole life.  And that’s a really long time! 

Make some sweet summertime memories with homemade vanilla ice cream! No eggs, so no cooking required!

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe


I’ll admit it.  I’m no longer a youngster.  In fact, I’m getting “up there” in years.  

I know, it’s hard to believe, right?  That’s not so terrible, really…

But I’d like to tell you about when I WAS a youngster.

Our yearly family reunion was held in a little community center in the small Missouri town where my parents were born and raised.  

The family gathered to reacquaint themselves with one another, introduce new members, talk, play, and have fun together.

Everyone brought a dish or two, we had tea and Kool-Aid and looked forward to dessert.

Do you have special memories of your childhood?  Do any of them involve sweet treats like this?

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It was Uncle Paul’s homemade ice cream.  

Start with any other dessert that was there, like a brownie or blackberry pie or our family’s favorite Best Raw Apple Cake.  

Top it with Uncle Paul’s homemade ice cream and you had a masterpiece of deliciousness. 

Do you know how some people wait until their food has settled before getting dessert?  

Well, that didn’t happen.  No waiting, it could be all gone in a snap!  And who would want to miss out on that?

Favorite Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


I don’t know when his tradition began, but Uncle Paul’s freezer of homemade ice cream appeared with him at every event I can remember.  And it still does today, many years later.  

Our family reunions, Christmas celebrations, our Fall Wing-Ding (I’ll explain the Wing-Ding another time….), birthdays, and most recently, to our niece’s high school graduation party.

For at least the past 50 years that I’ve been included and aware, we have come to expect homemade ice cream when we see Uncle Paul.  

I’m not sure how we would react if he showed up someplace empty-handed!

The homemade ice cream tradition is a sweet memory our family will always share – along with the love of this sweet treat and our sweet uncle!  

Memories can be in the form of ice cream or any other gesture you take the time and effort to put into practice.


Many thanks to Uncle Paul for the Sweet Ice Cream Memories you have shared with our family!

You know, treats like this Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe can make your Family Get-Togethers memorable and fun!

Take time to make some small memories with your family.  Memories are yours for a lifetime, don’t miss the boat.

Pass Down the Love.

This is MY homemade ice cream recipe.  If you don’t have an ice cream freezer, here is a great one for a decent price.  

If you’d like to try your hand at old-fashioned cranking the handle for ice cream, here is an ice cream maker that has the option to power by electricity or by hand.

That actually sounds fun to try again – it’s been a long time since I made ice cream this way!

Ice cream freezer

Truth be told, Uncle Paul’s recipe is probably my REAL favorite.

Since I don’t have his recipe (he has not yet given it up or shown any intention of passing on his secrets), here’s my favorite of Kimberly’s Ice Cream Recipes…


(There is a printable version at the end of this post.)

This recipe starts small.  Increase by doubling or tripling the ingredients for the proper amount you wish to make.

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 Tbls. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


Mix ingredients and pour into ice cream freezer container.

Process recipe according to freezer directions.

Additions can be made to this recipe: add fruit, chocolate, chocolate chips, or nuts as desired.

Yield:  1 quart

Make ahead and put into the freezer for a more solid, but scoopable consistency.  

For a larger crowd, the recipe can be multiplied.  Fill your freezer as directed in the manufacturer’s instructions.

You can also add other ingredients, this is the basic. 

Add chocolate chips, strawberries, pecans, or any other of your favorite flavors.

You can find a printable version here:  

Yield: 1 Quart

The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream EVER

Favorite Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Sweet, cold, creamy homemade ice cream just like you remember.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Tbls. Vanilla Extract


    Mix ingredients and pour into ice cream freezer container.

    Additions can be made to this recipe: add fruit, chocolate, chocolate chips, or nuts as desired.

    Process according to freezer directions.

    Makes 1 quart.

    Increase recipe in equal amounts as needed to reach your desired amount.

    Freezer sizes vary, your needs may vary.

    Make this recipe yours!


Make ahead and put into the freezer for a more solid, but scoopable consistency.

For a larger crowd, the recipe can be multiplied.

Fill your freezer as directed in the manufacturer's instructions.


Keep Passing Down the Love,

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Homemade vanilla ice cream

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Saturday 4th of December 2021

I got an ice cream maker this summer and I've made this recipe and used it as a base for other spin-off's; it is such a hit. Basic, easy, and so delicious. Thank you for sharing this!


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I made this for thanksgiving. I added pumpkin pie to it. OMG - it’s AmAzInG!!!


Sunday 11th of July 2021

We did not love this recipe. The sugar never dissolved and it was gritty.


Friday 6th of August 2021

@Kimberly, I did mix the ingredients in my mixer until a little foamy(?). Poured into my Cuisinart ice cream maker and I agree, BEST and EASIEST ever! The only problem I have is getting it from maker to container for freezer…it is so good soft from bowl. I especially like it because it doesn’t become a rock in freezer. Great recipe. I make it a couple times a week.


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

The mix needs to be stirred really well before putting it into the ice cream maker. I'm sorry you didn't like it. We just made it again this past weekend and it was terrific!


Monday 31st of May 2021

Love this recipe. It is always a big hit at family dinners. Thank you for sharing it!

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Thank you very much for this easy and delicious recipe. I made it for a few times now, everyone LOVED it!! It is very flexible. I have substituted some whole milk with a little more heavy cream and skim milk or some half and half and non-fat milk (depending on what I have on hand) and it turned out just fine. I have also added some crushed oreo cookies in the ice-cream mixer the last 10 minutes and it was sooo yummy!

Thank you very much for the recipe!!!!

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