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How to Make Ice Cream at Home without an Ice Cream Maker

Want to make your own ice cream but don’t have a fancy machine? Try out one of these 4 methods.

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a big bowl of ice cream. With these methods you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your A/C. Assess what tools and ingredients you have available and try one of these 4 methods to make your own tasty treat.

“Nice Cream”

This is arguably the easiest of the four methods, and technically only takes one ingredient and one tool, bananas and a high-powered blender or food processor. Just cut the bananas into chunks and freeze them until solid. Once frozen simply blitz up the frozen pieces until creamy, adding milk or milk substitute if needed. You can leave your “nice cream” as is, or add other flavors like chocolate, coffee, or peanut butter cup.

Zip-top Baggie

This method uses the same science as most traditional ice cream makers, without the need for a special machine. You will have to manually “churn” the ice cream for 7 to 10 minutes, but you most likely already have the tools and ingredients needed. Like any slow-churn ice cream you can add any combination of flavors you want, or use this simple vanilla Ice Cream in a Bag recipe and add toppings to your heart’s content.


If you have the patience to wait several hours, this method may be for you. Whipping up heavy cream and freezing it with sweetened condensed milk leaves you with a creamy, soft serve consistency. As with any of these options you can add whatever mix-ins or other flavors you want. Try out this No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream recipe for starters.

Dry Ice

This may not be the most practical method, but it may be the most fun. You could also use liquid nitrogen, but you’ll have a better chance of finding dry ice in a grocery store. Obviously be very careful if you try this, as dry ice can be very dangerous. This method works by freezing the ice cream mix as it’s being churned in a stand mixer. Feel like a mad scientist and follow these directions to make your own creation.

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Jul 16