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Homemade vanilla ice cream

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Simple summer pleasures

Homemade vanilla ice cream

Article by Cullman City Lifestyle

Photography by Cullman City Lifestyle

Originally published in Cullman City Lifestyle

A yummy solution for beating the summer heat?  Homemade ice cream!  I have so many memories of making ice cream at my grandparents' home, waiting anxiously for the maker to stop churning so we could dig in! 

Here's a simple, nostalgic recipe (you'll need an ice cream maker):


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • Ice and rock salt (for the ice cream maker)


  1. Place ice cream base (from maker) in the fridge while you mix ingredients in a spare bowl.  
  2. Remove chilled ice cream base from fridge and place in your ice cream maker.
  3. Pour the ice cream contents in the chilled base.
  4. Put on the lid and add a layer of ice and layer with a thin layer of rock salt. Continue to layer ice and rock salt. Add the top of your ice cream maker and turn on.
  5. Allow this to churn for at minimum of 30 minutes.
  6. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! 

Delicious additions to this traditional favorite could include fresh peach slices, chopped strawberries or cherries, ripe blueberries or, of course, chocolate or caramel drizzle - with sprinkles if you're feeling festive!

  • Homemade vanilla ice cream
  • Homemade ice cream is a simple-to-make delicious summer treat.

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