How To Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker?

Don’t you have an ice cream maker to make delicious ice cream at home? Let’s try some amazing hacks to make ice cream without using an ice cream maker.

As we know, the key ingredients of the ice cream are kitchen staples like cream, milk, sugar, flavor extracts, and so on, the only hurdle is the equipment.

That’s why I put here some of the best methods that allow you to make ice cream without any exorbitant ice cream maker.

So, let’s know about these methods and help you make out which one of them works for you.

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How To Make Ice Cream Without Ice Cream Maker?

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Here are some easy and quick methods to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. If you find it helpful, do share your feedback in the comment box.

Method #1: Blend and Freeze

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Freezing Time: 6-8 hours

The method is super cool and fun at the same time. You can use whipped cream and custard milk as an ice cream base. You can put the whipped cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a jar and then blend to give a smooth, fluffy consistency. 

Blending will help you to achieve the ultra-smooth texture of the ice cream. Once the mixture is ready, you need to keep it in the refrigerator to freeze it. Keep it inside the refrigerator for about six to eight hours to freeze it properly. 

Result: Once the mixture is frozen, you get the incredible texture of the ice cream. 

Method #2: Make Ice Cream in Ice Bag

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes 

Freezing Time: 25 minutes 

Ice bags are available easily in homes and nearby places. This kind of ice bag has been used for decades to prepare instant ice cream at home. 

So, what you have to do is, make a mixture of sugar, vanilla extract, and cream into a small zip-top bag. Now take a large zipper bag and fill it with crushed ice and salt. Now place the sealed zip-top bag into the larger one for 25-30 minutes. 

In between, you can toss the ice cream bag and churn it appropriately. Churning will help in achieving the desired consistency of the ice cream. This is a super cool hack that kids also love to perform and mix the ingredients into the bag. 

Result: You will get instant churn textured ice cream to serve your family and friends instantly. But be aware of the mess because once the bag gets cool and sweaty, the liquid may spill into the kitchen. Moreover, you may not get the thick fluffy consistency of the ice cream that you get with a blender.

Method #3: Ice Cream in Jar

Preparation Time: 15-12 minutes 

Freezing Time: 3-4 hours 

This method is quite interesting and easy to follow. The heavy whipped cream is sweetened with sugar, and flavors are added like vanilla and any other. The rest you have to do is fill the mixture into the jar and shake it well. Shake the mixture until or unless you get the desired thickness of the ice cream. 

If you achieve the desired consistency, keep the mixture in the refrigerator to freeze the cream for three to four hours. Within a few hours, you get the texture and flavor of full ice cream. 

Result: This is an easy method to get semi-frozen cool whipped ice cream for the kids. The constant mixing and shaking into the jar makes a fatty film of the ice cream. 

Method #4: Stirring and Freezing 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Freezing Time: 4-5 hours

This is another amazing hack to make ice cream without using any ice cream maker. The method is as hassle-free as it sounds. All you have to do is make the ice cream with the heavy cream and custard and pour all the mixture into the shallow pan.

Stir the mixture for 30-5 minutes or until the cream achieves a fluffy texture. You can also mix vanilla and chocolate syrup to get the desired flavor.

When the mixture is ready, keep it in the bowl and freeze it for four to five hours. The best thing about this method is you are free to add your desired flavors and desired cream.

Result: The finished product you get will have a little icy crunch. To get finer ice cream crystals, you need to stir the cream frequently so that everything mixes finely.

Method #5: No-Churn Ice Cream

Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes

Freezing Time: Overnight

This no-churn method is widely popular all over the world for some good reasons. It is super easy and effective in making restaurant-style ice cream at home.

The best thing is you can use only two ingredients to make the ice cream. Take the heavy whip cream and whip it until it achieves the thick fluffy foam-like consistency.

Mix it with the sweetened milk and add some flavor extracts. Pour the mixture into the ice tray or the bowl and keep it for freezing overnight.

Result: Once the ice cream is set, you get the desired fluffy ice cream ready to serve.

Final Thoughts

So, here are these amazing hacks that help to make ice cream without an ice maker machine. The methods described here are super easy, and the equipment is easily available in your kitchen. A bonus tip is you can also use your food processor to make the ice cream. The method is closest to an ice maker but provides you with a crunchy ice cream texture.