Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie’s recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s easy to strive for perfection, and work too hard to make things too perfect for company. So when I start feeling this way, I always think about my mom … What would Millie do?

Mom was a low-stress hostess, and she was carefree and happy! She put time and energy into the details, for sure (you can read a bit more about her entertaining style, here), but when the guests showed up, she was all about them. I must say, my dad got right in there and helped. Dad was in charge of the music, the last minute details, and he always greeted the guests at the front door.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie's recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!

For dessert, dad was also in charge of the ice cream freezer, getting the ice (we froze it in milk jugs, so he would chizzle it to fit into the freezer), the rock salt, and then mom was in charge of the recipe.

Old-fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream

Mom’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream … there’s nothing quite like it.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Just ask our guests who came to dinner last week.

I had a very happy heart, as 10 of us gathered around our back patio table, on a warm summer evening last week. Which, by the way, was our first real “dinner party” outside, at our new home!

For me, our new space is about slowing down, enjoying the moment, being present with the people in our lives! And keeping it all as simple as can be!

How fun it was to set the table with flowers that I found on a walk with Haggis.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

IKEA tablecloth that I splurged on a few weeks ago in Portland.

Otherwise using what I had, creating a simple menu, I was not stressed out. I let the silly things go (what about this, what about that), and I settled in on the friends who were coming to see our new home. I was excited!

Quickly I realized why the table experience was a good one on this evening.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

When there is no pretense or “keeping up with the Joneses” kind of attitude, but real salt-of the-earth conversation about work, faith, relationships, and the young people are right there with the old people—that is real, authentic life, living in the moment.

Life is life-giving, vulnerable, contagious, and beautiful.

We’ve seen more of our “back home friends” over here in central Oregon, and we’ve come to realize that you just have to slow down to see it, feel it, experience it.

Easy Summer Meal

My family pitched in–preparing this Grilled Lemon Salmon (make your own foil liner) ahead of time for the grill, and pre-slicing and buttering the bread, asking our guest to bring a giant green salad, and slicing the watermelon. BAM. An easy summer meal.

  • Set the table early in the morning.
  • Ask guests to bring a dish (a giant green salad).
  • Keep a menu very simple, fresh ingredients, plus a recipe that I knew off the top of my head.
  • Make one signautre recipe: Millie’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Oh, plus this amazing Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake recipe.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Is there anything better than a warm summer evening with great friends, good food, and homemade ice cream?

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Look for ice cream freezers at yard sales or Good Will. I bought this one for $3.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Make sure when the freezer stops churning, you unplug it! And then, pull out the paddle (my friend Joan and I had a few licks!), and place the lid back on, and allow to continue to freezer (surrounded by ice).

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie's recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!
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Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I usually double this recipe for a large freezer (to feed 12-18).
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 -8


  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • ice
  • rock salt


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl; beat together on medium with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Fill the ice cream freezer and make according to appliance directions, adding a lot of ice and rock salt.

You can also make your own homemade ice cream with these recipes: No Churn Nutella, Cantaloupe Ice Cream Dessert, Easy Maple, Salted Watermelon [Pint Sized Baker], Rocky Road [Barefeet in the Kitchen].

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie's recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!



27 comments on “Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. Your icecream sounds like the one my mom made but with 6 eggs. Im going to try today using brown sugar and see if anyone can tell the differance. Oh and no-one ever got sick from the raw eggs.

  2. How much does this recipe yield when finished? Half or whole gallon?

  3. Just wanted to let you know what a success your recipe was at my church get together last night. There were 3 of us ladies making homemade ice cream, all vanilla, and the one I made, your recipe, won, hands down. It wasn’t a contest, so to speak, but mine was almost completely gone, and the other 2 were barely touched! The brown sugar really makes a difference. Thanks again.

  4. My mother made homemade vanilla ice cream with raw (free-range chickens’) eggs (from a neighbor) for 40 years, and not once did anyone get a food borne illness.  I suspect that the eggs being from free-range chickens made the difference (e.g., not being processed from a large chicken “provider”).  She never bought eggs from a store until the neighbor’s death, long after I left home for college.  

  5. I forgot to get two quarts of heavy whipping cream only go one. May I use more half and half instead?

    • No, you really need to follow the directions exactly. I do not think modifications with the cream will work. Sorry, Mary!

  6. Ice been trying different ice cream recipes. Your recipe looks like a good one. In looking forward to trying it. I know the raw egg question has been asked more than once. My concern is the food safety of the raw eggs not being cooked. Ice been running restaurants for over twenty years and food safety is important to me. People get food borne illnesses more from there own kitchens and miss handling raw ingredients more than they actually get it from a restaurant which has a very detailed hourly check list. Is it safe to use raw eggs in this recipe? Like I stated I know the question has been asked more than once. I just haven’t seen you answer yes or no but instead you state the custard does not need to be heated.

    • Been eating this recipe for 55 years! :) This recipe does not call for heating anything. :)

    • I’ve always been concerned about raw eggs for certain people such as the very young and the very old are more susceptible to problems. There are pasteurized eggs that can be purchased and used if you have those concerns.

  7. Got the idea of the recipe – but what is “half and half” ? Seems like like it maybe half cream & half milk ? As we don’t have it here (in Melbourne Australia) – is it ok to use 500 ml milk and 500 ml regular cream instead ?

    • 1/2 and 1/2 is what we put in our coffee or tea. When a recipe calls for half-and-half, you can substitute 7/8 cup milk plus 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter for ever cup of half-and-half! :)

  8. Would love the recipe for the brownie bar pictured in this post! Could not find the recipe on your website. Thanks!

  9. I noticed you did not cook the custard. Is it ok with the 3 eggs not to cook the custard.   It looks delicious!

  10. What about the raw eggs?

  11. I made this yesterday for a Labor Day party and everyone liked it! I loved the flavor the brown sugar gave this fabulous ice cream. You must try it! Will be my go too from now on.

    Thanks for sharing this

  12. Hello Sandy – I just tagged you in a facebook post regarding Scruffy Hospitality. You’ll love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This homemade ice cream looks like it hits the spot.


  13. What a novel idea to add brown sugar to your vanilla ice cream. Even with family reunions once a year which we always have new flavors of ice cream and this year the Blueberry cheesecake was very popular, we hardly ever have anyone that makes vanilla so now I am looking forward to making that before summer is over for a group of my widow ladies I minister to from church!!

    Have a great Sunday,

  14. YUM! I just made homemade blackberry ice cream last week that was so good. I’ll have to try this recipe…and I’m glad you said you’re sharing the brownie recipe because it sounds amazing

  15. The pop up adds drive me crazy. One after the other??????

  16. Sounds like fun evening! It’s great all your “back home friends” continue to come.  Those are true friends! 
    Home made ice cream is the best!! That brownie doesn’t look half bad either! I’ll be watching for that receipe!

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