6 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

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We've chatted about making ice cream by hand before and there are different theories on the best way to go about it. With summer nearing the corner and warmer weather (finally) making an appearance, ice cream is on your mind. We feel you. Here are 6 ways to make creamy cold stuff without buying (or hauling out) your ice cream maker.

There are many different ways to approach making ice cream at home without a machine (besides the food processor Amazing Banana Ice Cream pictured above!), and we thought we'd leave it up to you to decide what works best for your level of interest and amount of time and effort you have to donate to the task at hand.

You can tackle anything from a simple blend-and-freeze method, or a slightly more involved method of making ice cubes and pulverizing them in a food processor. You can try a few methods and report back. The nice thing about each is that they don't rely on a machine you may not have at home and don't require purchasing equipment that can take up valuable kitchen real estate; we encourage you to try new seasonal flavors you're excited about (balsamic strawberry, anyone?) and to make homemade ice cream an accessible project for everyone.

Happy churning, mixing, spinning, and freezing!

6 Machine-Less Ice Cream Methods
How To Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine: An Easy, Foolproof Method
David Lebovitz's Freeze & Stir Method
Serious Eats' Frozen Cube Method
Not Without Salt's Blend and Freeze Method
Kevin and Amanda's Whipped Cream Method
The Kitchn's Bag Method

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