How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender


How to make ice cream in a blender
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Is there anything more decadent and luxuriously delicious than a tub of your favorite ice cream? Settling down on a Sunday evening to watch a movie with the family usually has two pre-requisites: popcorn and ice cream. What if you go to the freezer though and shock, horror, there’s no ice cream left? What started out as a family tradition has suddenly turned into a full-blown craving. You have to have ice cream!

Unfortunately, though, you’ve already had a glass of wine with your Sunday roast and driving to the stores just isn’t an option. You might be both surprised and delighted, then, to find out just how easy it is to make your own homemade ice cream with nothing more than your blender and your favorite ingredients. So let’s take a look in more detail now at how to make ice cream in a blender.

Straight up, all you need is your blender

That’s right. No fancy specialist equipment is required to start making uniquely flavored, fresh, homemade ice cream. You can get the kids involved too, blending their own unique flavors together.

Just imagine also how your dinner guests will feel when you serve them up a delightful and refreshing bowl of homemade ice cream at the end of their meal? They will think you’ve turned into some gourmet chef. Little will they know you used nothing more than your regular kitchen blender a few hours before they’d arrived.

So let’s run through all the things you’re going to need

Fruit makes a great addition to an ice cream. If you are using fresh fruits, make sure that you have frozen them the night before. As a base, you might be using whipping cream, double cream, or a coconut cream.

Some people even use a tofu base to create genuinely vegan ice cream. Again, as with the fruits, you need to plan ahead and ensure that your ingredients are already frozen. This is no spur of the moment recipe. You do need to have prepared 24 hours in advance.

Start out by making a couple of servings only

If you want to make up one to two servings of ice cream first to perfect your technique before going wholesale, then you will need to do the following. Get your blender out to the side, plugged in and ready to be used. Into the main container put one cup of your chosen fresh fruit along with any additional flavoring you might want to add. Good options are chocolate syrup or pure vanilla bean essence.

Next, add in one cup of your cream base. Coconut makes a lovely base, blended with tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Delicious! Depending on how sweet your tooth is, you may want to add some superfine sugar; but keep that to a minimum, you can always add in more if you’re not happy with the overall sweetness and flavor.

Of course, the great thing about making your own ice cream is that you are entirely in control of what is going into it so you can make it as healthy or unhealthy as your family prefers. Easy on the chocolate chip cookies and chocolate sprinkles if you are on a diet! Stick with fresh frozen fruits and coconut cream rather than double cream and decadent chocolate pieces.

Blend at high speed until you have a lovely, smooth, creamy consistency

Give your mixture a really good old blast on your high-speed setting so that it is whipped up to a lovely, light, and smooth texture. You are going to need to transfer your ice cream mixture to a suitable container so that it can go into the freezer for a couple of hours.

Any of your old ice cream containers will do the job, as well as a regular Tupperware container that is freezer proof. You will need to freeze for about 2 hours before you serve to get the correct, firm consistency. After an hour, you could stir in some other ingredients like nuts, candied peel, chocolate chips, or coconut flakes.

If you are feeling particularly decadent or are making ice cream for a dinner party, you could stir in a tablespoon of your favorite liqueur to add a boozy blast to your dessert! Leave the mixture to freeze for a further hour and then you are good to serve and enjoy.

Some top tips and recommendations

Homemade ice cream is best made and eaten on the same day so get stuck in and enjoy your creative ice cream making session. It’s always a good idea to stick to fresh, natural, and organic ingredients wherever you can, too. This will help create the authentic taste of ice cream and help you manage the calories, too!

Ice cream the natural way

It really couldn’t be simpler making your own delicious ice cream in your blender. Indeed, there are just a couple of necessary steps to follow, and you can get all the family involved, too. What about creating a delicious tangy treat of cherry-based ice cream with a healthy protein-rich Greek yogurt base? All you need are some frozen cherries, plain Greek yogurt, fresh vanilla pod and some honey to sweeten and flavor.

Just blend all your ingredients into a smooth and creamy consistency. Transfer into a suitable container. Drizzle in some extra honey and gently swirl, then Freeze. There you have it; blend, transfer, drizzle, and freeze. The final stage is to serve and enjoy.

Get creative with your ice cream flavors

There is no limit to the flavors you can create, so experiment with different ingredients. From fresh cream to coconut cream, Greek yogurt to almond milk; you can use all kinds of varying dairy and plant-based ingredients to whip up a delicious home-style ice cream.

Include fruits, nuts, candies, syrup, and even liqueur. Literally, you just need your ingredients, a blender, and a freezer, and you will soon be serving up ice cream that is as appropriate for an elegant dinner party as it is for your home movie night.

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