Making homemade ice cream is so easy and so much fun.  Well, it does take a little bit of exercise if you make it how we do with an authentic 1920s antique hand crank machine.

homemade ice cream recipe crank ice cream machine vintage

Making ice cream with one of our young guests

However, you can cheat and use an electric machine.  We don’t think it tastes nearly as good, but it’s still way better than store bought.  Here’s the recipe we use for basic vanilla:


2 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

3/4 cup sugar

a dollop of vanilla (probably like a tbsp)

a pinch of kosher salt


Put it in and let it stir stir stir.  No need to cook or do anything fancy.  To be honest, I’ve never made ice cream with an electric ice cream maker so I can’t give you instructions for that, but I assume it’s pretty similar.

With the hand crank machine, you mix ice with rock salt in the moat surrounding the container for the cream and other ingredients.  Since this is a farm recipe, I don’t know how much salt you need lol.  You just sort of put it in until it looks right haha!  A good dollop.  For our huge machine, we usually put two boxes of rock salt in.  If you have a smaller machine, start with half a box and up from there.  If the cream isn’t turning into ice cream, you don’t have enough salt.

You can eat it right away when it’s like soft serve or you can freeze it and it will be the best tasting ice cream you’ve ever had.  Or at least that’s what I’m told.  Our’s never makes it to the freezer.