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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream (without a machine)

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream (without a machine)

I promised you homemade strawberry ice cream (without a machine). And homemade strawberry ice cream you shall receive.

This is also made without an ice cream maker. Thank you David Lebovitz! I found general instructions on how to do this from his website.

I used all of the strawberries I had picked earlier this week. They were really ripe and if I didn’t use them up fast, they would’ve been goners.

And we needed a reason to eat lots and lots of ice cream.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream (without a machine), (makes approx. 4 pints)

printable recipe

*approx. 3-4 hours for entire process


  • 2 eggs, PASTEURIZED
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups strawberries, pureed
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced into small pieces (optional)

Quick Directions:

1) Freeze a deep baking dish with large surface area in the freezer for later.

2) In a mixing bowl resting over an ice bath, whisk all ingredients together.

3) Pour mixture into frozen baking dish, freeze for 45 minutes. Take it out, break up frozen bits with whisk or spatula. Repeat this process at 30 minute intervals until it’s nearly impossible to break apart anymore.

4) Scoop into tupperware containers and place in freezer until ready to serve.



Make an ice bath for your mixing bowl. Mine melted because I’m very slow. Oh well.

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Find a deep baking dish with a fairly large surface area, to hold the liquid ice cream later on. Place this dish into freezer to get it cold.

Now you see how well I organize my freezer.

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Puree the 3 cups of strawberries, in a blender or food processor. I had a picture of doing so, but my very incompetent jump drive ate most of my pictures. So pretend I’m pureeing strawberries…

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If you can find pasteurized eggs at the supermarket for this, please do so. Here is a link for more information about pasteurized eggs for homemade ice cream.

Whisk sugar into mixture.

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Mix half-and-half, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

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Add the 3 cups of strawberry puree, mix well.

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Add diced strawberry chunks. This is optional. You don’t want them too big or you’ll have a hard time chewing them when they’re frozen.

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Pour mixture into the frozen baking dish. Freeze for 45 minutes.

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45 minutes later, take it out of the freezer. Is it done yet??? Is it??? Not yet.

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See how the edges are freezing? Use a whisk or spatula and break this up.

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Break up all the frozen bits until it looks like it’s completely liquefied again. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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As we are waiting….

Wait…what’s this picture?! How does this relate to ice cream? Here’s the (exaggerated) explanation:

Chris: Candy! You have to take a pic of my pizza! This is the best looking pizza I ever made in the entire world!!

Candy: *Click*

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Chris: No! You have to get a close-up of the cheese! And the browned bits of sausage! Get on in there!!!

Candy: *Click*

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Chris was extremely excited that day. More so than usual. I mean, he was getting pizza AND ice cream.

Back to the ice cream.

Take out of the freezer again. Whisk vigorously to break apart all the frozen bits. Try to get it as smooth as possible.

Put it back into the freezer for 30 minutes. Β See the pattern? Continue breaking it apart and freezing 30 minutes until you can whisk no more.

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This image was maybe the 4th, or 5th time of the freezing/breaking apart process.

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That took a bit of muscle to break apart. I think I’ll freeze it one last time and call it a night.

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Pour into tupperware containers and store in freezer until ready to eat.

Which is now!

In my opinion, this tastes better than store-bought ice cream. There’s a hint of freshness to it. I would have preferred it a bit more creamy, and that gives me more reason to make this again…and again…and again…

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48 thoughts on “Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream (without a machine)”

  • I’ve been looking for a recipe to make ice cream without a machine! This looks awesome! I love strawberries. I’d probably add some blueberries in too!

  • Teanna – Thanks for the comment! Oh, we spoil ourselves… πŸ™‚

    Rebecca – Blueberries would be great too! And who has room for 284 kitchen appliances, anyway? πŸ˜‰

  • Lizzie – that was the one major reason that always stopped me from trying this; no machine. so you’re welcome!

    Nora – it’s well worth the wait, especially if you’re at home anyway, it doesn’t take that much effort! πŸ™‚

    Ruth – It’s the combo. of ice cream AND pizza, isn’t it? I feel like we ate like 12 year olds that day πŸ˜›

  • Looks yummy! Can’t wait to go pick up some local strawberries and try it. My family will be glad I checked out this recipe.

    Hey, your pizza looked great, too. Do you have a special recipe for the crust? I’m on a diet so I should not look at this site at bed time. Good thing I was going to cheat on my diet on Saturday. Thanks!

  • Laura and Hummingbird – thanks for your comments!

    Teena – They actually sell wheat pizza dough at some places now! It’s healthier but has a heartier taste to it. Just use that in place of the regular pizza dough. Or if you make your own dough, use wheat flour instead of bleached flour.

  • Deborah – I’m thinking of picking MORE strawberries and making more desserts with them (…maybe…frozen yogurt this time??) πŸ˜›

  • You can feel totally safe using pastured eggs (raised on a real farm on real food) RAW in ice cream. They’re actually very healthy… Yummy looking! I made strawberry ice cream last week and put it in a plastic bag and squeezed the bag every 30 minutes instead of stirring with a spatula. Worked great!

  • Katie – That’s a great idea with the plastic bag. I think I’ll do that next time! Thanks for the comments πŸ™‚

  • Hi There

    Apologies for contacting you through the comments instead of email but I couldn’t spot yours. Just wanted to say that loving your photos here on the blog and would love to get some of them featured on http://www.foodandfizz.com and hopefully send you some traffic back here.
    Look forward to seeing some of them πŸ™‚



  • Sooooo going to try this!

    Love the horror food film noir of the cherry stained cutting board.


  • Hey!! You have an amazing site.

    I was searching for a strawberry ice-creme recipe without machine and yours is the perfect recipe. I am gonna make it using your recipe. Thanks very much dear for sharing the recipe.

  • Ben – I will check your site out, thank you!

    Jois – Thanks

    Real Deal Meal – Thanks

    Chakh – Let me know how it turns out! πŸ™‚

  • Do you have a recipe that uses eggplant as a substitute for beef? I have found that my family cannot tell the difference, so whenever a recipe calls for beef I substitute eggplant for it. Much healthier, and they have yet to catch on. Sneaky, eh? Oh well, what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Thanks for this great site, I’ll bookmark it and come back often. Please take a look at my recipe web site at http://www.KAChef.com. Bon appetit!

  • We are awaiting our batch right now, we picked fresh strawberries yesterday at a farm, its late so we’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I read elsewhere that a teaspon of some alcoholic beverage will help with the texture, keeping it smoother and not getting so many ice crystals since alcohol doesnt freeze. we tried it, we’ll see. Thanks, it was very easy to make, cant wait to taste it.

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  • Can you use something like Egg Beaters for the eggs? I’m not sure I’ll be able to find pasteurized eggs, and pasteurizing them on your own doesn’t seem like a guarantee… (my young child will be indulging with me, otherwise I would care). Thanks!

  • i just tried the recipe and it turned out great i loved it a lot, too bad i can’t bring it to school and share it with my friends

  • thanks, i wil have a party and i will make it, thanks for posting, it is very hard to do that, i cant wait to taste that delicous recipe, and more thanks for you to posting that hard making recipe.


  • What kind of alcohol is needed (rum?) to make the ice cream creamier? And also, does that change the freezing time?

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  • I Think Thats Kinda Cheatin
    i was also searching ingrediants for strawberry not machine ice cream and i popped up onto this website πŸ˜€
    But …..

    Befor i was on this website i was on another and i found this website
    It has exactly the same ingridiants as this website apart from the part where you put in straw berry chunks

    Not sure if you copied that webiste or they copied you
    Srry if i caused any trouble xD
    and i will use this recipe, it looks yum πŸ˜€


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  • Hi there,

    Sorry I am from New Zealand and am not quite sure what half and half is? I would love to make this ice cream, it sounds yummy!
    Thank you.

  • OMG i just made it and it is so good… i added extra strawberries tho….!!!!THANKS

  • The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another. Phrases such as “frozen custard”, “frozen yogurt”, “sorbet”, “gelato” and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In some countries, such as the United States, the phrase “ice cream” applies only to a specific variety, and most governments regulate the commercial use of the various terms according to the relative quantities of the main ingredients.

  • This looks great! Perfect timing too… wondering. Is this 3c strawberries pureed? or 3c of strawberries prior to pureeing?


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