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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream: A Sweet Treat for Summer Days

I’ve included some videos below for those who prefer to watch rather than read. Making homemade strawberry ice cream is a deliciously rewarding experience that you can easily master. Whether you have an ice cream maker or not, whipping up a batch of creamy, fruity goodness is simple and fun.

With just a handful of ingredients like fresh strawberries, cream, and sugar, you can create a treat that’s perfect for hot summer days. Avoid store-bought options and indulge in the fresh flavors of real, ripe strawberries instead.

You’ll find that homemade strawberry ice cream has a richer taste and a smoother texture. Customize it with your favorite add-ins like chocolate chips or nuts for an extra special touch.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make a delightful batch of homemade strawberry ice cream, you’ll need several key ingredients. Let’s break down each one along with possible substitutes.

  • Strawberries: You’ll need fresh or frozen strawberries. If strawberries are out of season, you can use raspberries or cherries.

  • Heavy Cream: This gives the ice cream its rich, creamy texture. For a lighter option, use half-and-half or coconut cream.

  • Whole Milk: Adds to the creaminess. Almond milk or oat milk can be used as substitutes, but may result in a slightly different texture.

  • Sugar: Strawberries need sweetness. You can use white granulated sugar or opt for honey or maple syrup for a different flavor.

  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor. For an interesting twist, try almond extract or lemon zest.

  • Vodka (optional): Helps prevent the ice cream from freezing too hard. You can skip this if you prefer.

  • Red Food Coloring (optional): For a vibrant color. This can be omitted if you prefer a natural look.

Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need:

Strawberries2 cupsRaspberries, Cherries
Heavy Cream1 cupHalf-and-half, Coconut Cream
Whole Milk1 cupAlmond Milk, Oat Milk
Sugar¾ cupHoney, Maple Syrup
Vanilla Extract1 tspAlmond Extract, Lemon Zest
Vodka (optional)1 tbspOmit if preferred
Red Food ColoringFew drops (optional)Omit if preferred

Using these ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious batch of strawberry ice cream with ease. Don’t be afraid to try the substitutes to make the recipe your own!


  1. Mash Strawberries
    In a bowl, mash 2 cups of fresh, ripe strawberries.

  2. Prepare Ingredients
    Measure out the milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt.

  3. Make the Cream Mixture
    In a large bowl, combine the mashed strawberries, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir until well mixed.

  4. Chill the Mixture
    Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge. Let it cool for at least 1 hour.

  5. Process in Ice Cream Maker
    Following the manufacturer’s instructions, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Start the machine.

  6. Freeze Until Firm
    Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container once the mixture reaches a soft-serve consistency. Place it in the freezer and let it become firm.

  7. Serve and Enjoy
    Scoop into bowls or cones and enjoy your homemade strawberry ice cream! Add toppings like fresh strawberries or chocolate chips if desired.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Using Fresh Strawberries: Always use fresh strawberries. Frozen ones can be watery and affect the texture.

Chill Everything: Chill your ingredients, including the mixing bowls, before starting. This helps in making the ice cream smoother.

Sweetness Balance: Adjust the sugar level based on the ripeness of the strawberries. Riper strawberries may need less sugar.

Texture Control: If you like a chunkier texture, blend only part of the strawberries and leave small pieces. For smoother ice cream, puree all of them.

Avoiding Ice Crystals: Add a tablespoon of vodka or lemon juice to help prevent ice crystals from forming.

Proper Mixing: Mix your ingredients well but avoid over-mixing, which can make the ice cream harder.

Taste Test: Always do a taste test of the mixture before freezing to adjust sweetness and flavors.

Storing Your Ice Cream

  • Storage Container: Use an airtight container to store your ice cream.

  • Freezer Temperature: Ensure your freezer is at the optimum temperature, around -0.4°F (-18°C). This keeps the ice cream perfectly set.

  • Preventing Ice Burn: Place a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper directly on the surface of the ice cream to prevent ice burn.

  • Shelf Life: Homemade ice cream tastes best within two weeks. After that, it can start losing flavor and texture.

By following these tips and tricks, and storing your strawberry ice cream properly, you can enjoy a delicious treat anytime!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Try some variations to give your homemade strawberry ice cream a new twist.

  • Chocolate Chips: Add mini chocolate chips to the mix before freezing. The chocolate adds a delicious crunch.

  • Mint: Mix in a few drops of mint extract for a refreshing flavor. Fresh chopped mint can also be used.

  • Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle balsamic glaze on top of your ice cream. It may sound odd, but the sweet and tangy combo is amazing!

  • Yogurt: Substitute part of the cream with Greek yogurt for a tangy twist. It makes the ice cream lighter.

For serving, you have plenty of options.

  • Waffle Cones: Serve your strawberry ice cream in crunchy waffle cones.

  • Fresh Fruit: Top your ice cream with fresh strawberries or mixed berries. They add an extra burst of flavor and color.

  • Chopped Nuts: Sprinkle sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts on top. Nuts add texture and a bit of saltiness.

  • Whipped Cream: Add a dollop of whipped cream on your ice cream for extra creaminess.

Use these variations and serving ideas to make your strawberry ice cream unique and exciting each time you make it. Enjoy your delicious creations!