Can You Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker?

Making ice cream at home is simple and fulfilling especially when looking to cool off and relax.

But what if you don’t have an ice cream maker? Don’t worry! Making your homemade ice cream is easier than you think.

Yes, you can make ice cream without an ice cream-making machine. There are a few different ways to go about it: you can use a food processor, an immersion blender, or even just some zip-top bags and ice cubes.

It’s up to you to choose which method to use.

3 Ways to Make Ice-Cream Without Ice-Cream Maker

To make the ice cream, you’ll need to freeze your bowl for 24 hours and pour in all of the ingredients.

Then, put it into an ice bath (a big bucket with some cold water and a bunch of ice cubes) and mix constantly until it hardens up like gelato or soft-serve.

Food Processor

If you go with the food processor method: pop in your base ingredients and blitz until they’re creamy.

I have the Ninja Compact Kitchen System food processor. Then, follow the ice bath instructions above.

Immersion Blender

If you go with the immersion blender method:

Put everything into a large bowl or pitcher that’s heatproof (meaning it won’t crack when you pour hot water on top of it).

Blend for about 20 minutes until thick and creamy. Then, follow the ice bath instructions above.

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Ziploc Bag

If you go with the zip-top bag and ice cubes method: prepare your ingredients.

Then, pour them into a large Ziploc freezer bag (make sure it’s big enough so that there isn’t any air in it) and seal it up as tightly as possible.

Fill another larger bowl with some cold water and a bunch of ice cubes.

Place the bag in this bowl, seal-side up so that no water gets into it.

Shake for about 10-20 minutes until thick and creamy.

Ziploc bags in different sizes

Note: You can also shake the bags directly without using the bowl.

However, prepare for the cold as you may need to shake the bag for a significant period.

You can wear protective clothing such as gloves and kitchen mittens.

Whatever method you decide to use to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, ensure that you get the mixing of the ingredients right. The smoothness of the mixture greatly affects the outcome of the final product.

How Do You Make Homemade Ice Cream Smooth?

You make your ice cream smooth by either:

  • Use an ice cream maker and let it spin for 20 minutes.
  • Put your ingredients into a food processor or blender, blending until smooth, then following the ice bath instructions.
  • Placing the ingredients in a bowl that’s heatproof so you can pour hot water on top of it to melt all of the ingredients, then use an ice bath.
  • Make use of a large Ziploc freezer bag, seal it up as tightly as possible, and shake for about 20 minutes until thick and creamy.

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