Next best thing is homemade ice cream!
I have used this recipe for at least 30 years and I've only messed it up by using only "low fat" ingredients.
There are so many recipes out there but this one is easy, and uncomplicated if you have your own ice cream maker. Mine is the kind that churns (pictured). It's a Hamilton Beach and has lasted a long time. Inexpensive too!
Be sure and have at least 1-2 bags of ice on hand and "rock salt" or "Ice Cream Salt" by Morten.
Ingredients for Vanilla Ice Cream:
1 can evapotated milk (not low fat)
1 quart 1/2 & 1/2
1 quart heavy whipping cream
2 cups sugar
2 TBS. vanilla
Freeze your empty ice cream maker canister ahead of time.
In medium sauce pan cook your eggs in the evaporated milk for food safety reasons till it boils, stirring constantly. Then remove immediately and place in a freezer safe container to cool it down.
Once it's cooled, add remaining ingredients and add all to ice cream canister and begin the churning process according to your individual ice cream maker instructions.
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