I am LOVING strawberry season. Strawberries just scream summer. And summer screams ice cream. I got an ice cream maker from my parents for my birthday awhile back and had a few attempts at making ice cream. For whatever reason they didn’t come out right so I was hesitant to try making another recipe. But, when I saw all of these strawberry ice cream recipes on blogs I knew I had to give it another go. And let me tell you, this ice cream was soo ridiculously good. It really took almost no effort. It takes quite awhile because of freezing time but it’s so worth the wait. I caution you NOT to lose the lid of your ice cream maker that holds the paddle in place BECAUSE you will have to sit there for 30 minutes holding the paddle with your left hand while you type on Facebook with your right hand (multitasking to the max). But if that happens, you will still have really good ice cream, your arm will be a lot stronger, and you will have fulfilled your Facebook creeping quota for the week. So what better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than with Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream! Eat up!
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- Put the strawberries in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup of sugar and the lemon juice to the strawberries and give them a good mix. Then, let the strawberries sit out at room temperature for 2 hours.
- The juices from the strawberries will release during this time.
- With a food processor, puree the strawberries or just give a few pulses if you like a chunkier strawberry ice cream. I pureed most of mine and then left a few chunks in there. Put the strawberries back in the bowl, then add the remaining sugar.
- Add the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla.
- Stir until the mixture is combined.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
- Freeze according to your ice cream machines directions (mine took about 30 minutes). Then store in an air tight container for 2 hours or until firm.
- Makes about 2 quarts of ice cream.