How to Make Homemade Ice Cream with a Mixer

I rarely buy kitchen gadgets unless they serve multiple purposes.  I had looked at ice cream making machines but decided they cost too much money with not enough function.

When I had a windfall of raw milk a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try to make ice cream, despite my lack of “machinery”.  This will work equally well with pasteurized whole milk and cream from the grocery store. Two batches later, we ended up with a cold delicious treat made from fresh, pure ingredients. It takes a few hours, but very little of that is actual hands-on time.

If you have a hand mixer, homemade ice cream can be yours!

ice cream ingredients

 You will need:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of cream ( For even richer ice cream, use 4 cups of cream and no milk)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
  • Optional: Fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc….the sky is the limit!
  • a hand mixer


1.) In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except your optional add-ins. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients for 1 minute.

2.) Put the bowl in the freezer and set a timer for 30 minutes.

ice cream mixer


3.) When the timer goes off, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and beat the soon-to-be ice cream for another minute.  Return the bowl to the freezer.

4.)  Repeat this every 30 minutes for 3 hours. It sounds like a lot of work, but in all, it’s only 6 minutes.  Totally worth it.

5.)  At the end of three hours, you will have a somewhat “slushy” texture. Now is the time to add your goodies. For best results, chop your fruit or whatever delicious thing you’re adding into small pieces.  Add about 1 cup of deliciousness and beat the mixture for one minute. Return the bowl to the freezer, and this time set the timer for an hour.

Add fruit

6.) In an hour, use your mixer to beat the mixture again for a minute.  If the texture is “flakey” instead of creamy, you can add a little bit more milk.

added cream

 And that’s it!

Your homemade ice cream is ready!

ice cream

If you have any ice cream left over, transfer it into a covered dish and return it to the freezer.

transfer to a covered dish

The next time you are ready to eat ice cream, set the bowl in some warm water to soften it slightly before dipping it out.

Have an ice cream social

Don’t stop at simply serving ice cream.  Dress it up!

  • You can find out how to make homemade chocolate syrup HERE.
  • Add sprinkles or candy
  • You can use jam that didn’t set quite as much as you might have liked as a fruit topping.
  • For add-ins, chop them into small pieces before you mix them in. Try nuts, chocolate chips, a candy bar, or fruit.

If you have an ice cream maker, you can learn how to make delicious and wholesome ice cream HERE.

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream with a Mixer
Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is an author and blogger. She's the single mom of two daughters and credits extreme frugality and a good sense of humor for her debt-free lifestyle. She is the author of numerous books, the editor of, and is the founder of a small digital publishing company in the emergency preparedness niche.

4 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Ice Cream with a Mixer”

  1. Since you are only using a mixer for a minute, how about a big wooden spoon, used energetically for two minutes? I have one of THOSE. 🙂 I think I have a hand mixer someone gave to me but I’ve still not turned it on.

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