life-changing strawberry ice cream

i am still very much in love with my ice cream machine, and it has continued to produce delicious ice cream, but today i was truly impressed. normally i don’t really care much for strawberry ice cream, but this was the best ice cream i have ever had in my life:

strawberry ice cream

this picture doesn’t do it justice, but you can at least see some of the fresh strawberry chunks. the recipe from ben and jerry and the super sweet and juicy strawberries from costco made this dream ice cream possible.

sweet cream base
from ben & jerry’s homemade ice cream & dessert book

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup milk

whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend. makes 1 quart.

comments: this is the base we use for all the ice creams we’ve made. super easy and tasty. i think these are all the ones we have tried:

vanilla: just add 2 tsp vanilla extract.

cookies/candies: for most of these, you just make the vanilla ice cream and once it sets (like 20 minutes in the machine), add chunks of whatever you want. so far we have tried oreo, heath bar, and thin mint. we also tried oreo mint, but apparently mint ice cream uses PEPPERMINT extract, not mint extract, which tastes like spearmint. spearmint oreo is okay, but i don’t think i will be making it again. sometimes you can just add stuff to the sweet cream base too, without vanilla.

orange cream dream: just add 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate in with the vanilla extract.

strawberry: hull and slice 1 pint fresh strawberries (ben & jerry say the fresher the better!), and combine with 1/3 cup sugar and the juice of 1/2 lemon in a mixing bowl. let that sit in the fridge for at least an hour. then prepare the sweet cream base, mash the strawberries, and stir into the cream base. ben & jerry said for a chunkier ice cream you can drain the juice from the strawberry mixture and add that to the sweet cream base, and then add the rest after the ice cream stiffens and let it go for a couple minutes.

we made it the “creamier” way, but there were still lots of nice chunks of fresh strawberry. i think i also added more than a pint, maybe 1.5 pints? so it ended up making a huge amount, but we won’t have any problems finishing this. i will definitely be making this every year when strawberry season rolls around.

wonderful strawberry ice cream

anyhow, these are my rankings for the flavors we’ve made so far (all are excellent except maybe spearmint oreo):

1-10. strawberry (because it’s that good)
11. heath bar
12. oreo (i actually like oreo + sweet cream without the vanilla extract, but cameron disagrees)
13. orange cream
14. vanilla
15. thin mint (i think this one is lower because i didn’t put in enough cookies. probably 1/2 box is good.)
16. spearmint oreo

the mango tree at cameron’s house is going to fruit soon, so that’s next on my list of flavors to try!