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Basic Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe


Strawberry ice cream
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Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice creams are the three most classic flavors. If you are new to making your own homemade ice cream recipes, they are great flavors to learn first. You can top them with almost any toppings and sauces that you enjoy. They are great, traditional flavors to start ice cream sundaes as well.

This basic strawberry ice cream recipe keeps things simple with just five ingredients. You don’t have to cook any of the ingredients, so it will just take a couple of minutes to put it together. The best part of making your own strawberry ice cream is that you control the texture of the finished product. I love mine with lots of chunks of ripe, sweet berries.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Freeze Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups strawberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Pulse the strawberries in a food processor or blender until they are the texture you prefer. You can give them a rough chop so there are lots of chunks of fruit in your strawberry ice cream, or go for a finer texture.
  2. Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar and salt.
  3. Add the strawberry mixture to the cream.
  4. Refrigerate your ice cream base for at least thirty minutes. The texture will be better if it is completely chilled before you put it in your ice cream freezer.
  5. Freeze according to the directions of your ice cream maker.
  6. The ice cream will still be soft when it comes out of the ice cream maker, so stash it in the freezer in an air-tight container for about an hour to firm up.




  • Strawberries won’t continue to ripen once you bring them home, so choose perfectly ripe, sweet strawberries. Store them carefully if you need to buy (or pick) your strawberries in advance.
  • You can even use unsweetened, frozen strawberries if you can’t find good fresh berries. Just thaw them partially before pulsing them in the food processor.
  • Once you’ve mastered this classic strawberry ice cream recipe, try something new by adding other flavors. Coconut is great with strawberry, as are other fruits like blueberries or kiwi.
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