Ice cream is, without a doubt, one of the best comfort foods that exist.
Nothing is so bad that it can’t be fixed by eating an extra-large tub of Ben and Jerry’s straight out of the packaging with a spoon, so you really cannot beat ice cream.
In a single year, the average American consumes 23 pounds of ice cream by themselves, so it is clearly one of the most popular sweet treats that exist.
While store-bought ice cream is, simply, incredible, nothing can beat homemade food. And although you might not have considered it, making homemade ice cream is actually pretty easy.
One of the advantages of making the food yourself is that you can exclude ingredients that you don’t like.
So, in this guide, we’ll be taking a look at whether or not you can make ice cream without heavy cream, and if you can, how you would go about doing this.
Why would you make Ice Cream at home?
If you are reading this, there’s a fair chance that you might be asking yourself, ‘Why would I want to make my own ice cream?’ and it is a fair question to ask.
There are lots of incredible ice creams easily accessible in your local grocery store so you might not feel the need to make your own. However, there are lots of benefits that you can get out of making your own ice cream.
The main benefit is that making your own ice cream is cheap.
Some commercial ice creams, especially those by the bigger brands, are extremely expensive to buy. Unless you are getting a regular vanilla ice cream you may find yourself paying more than 5 dollars for a small tub.
Not only is homemade ice cream cheap to make, but it also allows you to make lots of it without the price increasing.
Another benefit of making homemade ice cream is that you get more freedom with the flavors.
If you want to be adventurous you can add all sorts of different things to your ice cream mixture, and as long as they are safe to freeze, your ice cream will come out edible on the other side.
But one of the most popular reasons for making your own ice cream is to avoid allergens. Regular ice cream is expensive, but gluten or lactose-free ice cream costs even more on top.
If you suffer from either of these conditions, making your own ice-cream allows you to simply replace the affected ingredients with a substitute that does not contain gluten or lactose.
While these replacements tend to be more expensive than regular ingredients, you will still be able to make ice cream without gluten or lactose at a fraction of the sale price in a store.
As well as those who suffer from common allergies like gluten or lactose, making your own ice cream is also great for those who suffer from more obscure allergies that aren’t as well recognized.
Cross-contamination is always a risk when you buy mass-produced food, but making your own ice cream means that those with severe allergies can eat their ice cream safe in the knowledge that they won’t get an allergic reaction from it.
Can you Make Ice Cream without Heavy Cream?
In short, the answer is yes. It is possible to make ice cream without heavy cream, and this is a popular option among those who want an ice cream that has a lower fat content.
It is surprisingly easy to make ice cream without heavy cream, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker to do the job. Just follow this simple recipe and making your own ice cream will be simple.
You can use this method to produce a variety of different flavors of ice cream, but we’re going to go with one of the most popular options: vanilla.
Nothing can beat the velvety taste of vanilla ice cream, and it is the perfect option to add toppings to. So if you want to make ice cream without the heavy cream, keep reading.
What you Will Need
Before we get into the method behind making your own ice cream, we’ve put together this quick list of all the ingredients you will need.
We recommend gathering your ingredients before you begin so that you have everything at hand, and the process is less stressful.
To make homemade vanilla ice cream, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Ice Cubes
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
As well as ingredients, you will also require the following items:
- Small resealable plastic bag
- Large resealable plastic bag
- Plastic spoons
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
What you Need to Do
Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, you can begin making your ice cream. The first thing you need to do is measure out the ingredients using the spoons.
Once your ingredients are measured you will need to take the small plastic bag and add the sugar, vanilla, and milk into it.
You should then try to remove as much air as possible from the bag, once that is done you should seal the bag.
Then take the large plastic bag, and add the salt. Following the salt, you should then add the small bag into it.
Don’t seal the bag yet, you first need to add between 18 and 20 ice cubes to the large bag. Once you have added the ice, you should remove as much air as possible from the bag and then seal it.
It is now time to knead the bag. You should do this for roughly 10 minutes, ensuring the smaller bag inside is always surrounded by ice cubes.
You will be able to see when a soft ice cream mixture has formed within the smaller bag. Your ice cream is then ready to eat, you can simply eat it out of the bag or transfer it into a bowl and mix it with fresh fruit or other treats.
In short, making your own ice cream without heavy cream is simple. A lot of people try to avoid heavy cream because it has a high-fat content, so this recipe is a great way to get a lighter ice cream option whenever you fancy a treat.