Homemade Ice Cream by Gary Foster

Ice Cream
Family Favorite Recipes
by Gary Foster

Read the "Caution Story" below

Homemade Ice Cream

Comments from Gary:

Our family began making homemade ice cream consistently every Sunday evening beginning in 1986.  Even on vacations we would pack our ice cream freezer in the Chevy Van and share our homemade ice cream with everyone.  By 1999 we had missed less than ten times of making ice cream for our family and friends on Sunday night.   Every member takes turns of mixing up a batch of their favorite flavor.  Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations.  I use a blender to mix all the dry and wet ingredients together a little at a time
and pouring them into the Metal Container.  I also use a White Mountain one and a half gallon
ice cream mixer.  Good Luck!  We have enjoyed two recipes over the years.

Recipe 1:  Instant Pudding Mix
Ingredients we have used for the past 14 years:

  • 2 Quarts of Half and Half Milk
  • 4 Eggs (Optional)
  • 2 Instant Puddings (Vanilla or Chocolate to compliment the flavor)
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Can of Condensed Milk or 1 pint of Heavy Cream (Optional for extra smoothness and special occasions)
  • Flavor is obtained by adding fruit, candy bars or soda pop. (See flavor chart below)
  • 2 Bags of Ice
  • 3 Cups of Rock Salt to melt the Ice
  • A Wooden Bucket to keep it all together
  • An Electric Motor to take the work out of it... With enough people hand cranking can be fun.
  • A tall Metal Ice Cream Container to hold the ingredients and freeze quickly

Homemade Ice Cream

Instant Vanilla Pudding works well in most fruit flavors but sometimes we mix up the regular gelatin with a specific flavor we want, like Peach or Cherry.


Homemade Ice Cream Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

Instant Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Pudding Mix works well with most of the Candy Flavors.  Sometimes we use one Vanilla and one Chocolate Mix.

Homemade Ice Cream Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix

Flavor Chart:


  • Frozen Strawberries

  • Fresh Strawberries & Bananas

  • Frozen or Fresh Peaches

  • Frozen or Fresh Berries in all their varieties

  • Fresh Cherries

Candy Bars:  (1 per 1/2 gallon of mix)

  • Whoppers Malted Milk Balls

  • Heath Bar

  • Hershey Milk Chocolate

  • Almond Roca

  • Hard Peppermint (Add Peppermint Oil for a great taste)

Other Flavors:

  • Use Root beer Soda Pop or flavors of your choice to enhance the normal vanilla mix.

  • Peanut Butter and Honey if you dare.

Recipe 2:  Ben and Jerry's recipe produces 4 to 6 quarts of delicious Homemade ice cream.

8 Fresh Eggs
3 Cups of Sugar
4 Cups of Whole Milk
8 Cups of Heavy Jersey Cow Cream

Add the flavor of your choice and Enjoy with your family and friends!

"Caution Story:  Don't Let Your Desire For Homemde Ice Cream Take Over Common Sense...  Common Sense

This last year or so our family received a Ben and Jerry's Recipe Book as a gift.  We began making the different flavors of homemade ice cream by doubling, tripling and now quadrupling the printed recipes.  The difficulty was in obtaining enough Cream to make up a batch for our Sunday night habit.  I tried all the local grocery stores only to find very small containers of cream available and at very high prices when you consider the amount I needed (8 cups) to quadruple our recipe.  So I went to the nearby and then to the far away Milk Dairies to find that all their milk is contracted to the United Dairymen Association of Arizona.  That is how the grocery stores get their milk, cream, etc.  Well, to make the story shorter no one would sell me a gallon of fresh cream once a week.

Next, I visited two Jersey Milk Dairies within twenty miles of my home and learned all about "Cream".  Now, I own my own Jersey Cow and she produces 3 gallons of Cream a week along with 28 gallons of Whole and 2% Milk.  After placing orders for milk with our 6 married children, all our friends and neighbors we still have an abundance of Milk left over each week.  Thank goodness I purchased a "low producing Jersey Cow".  The last two weeks I poured ten gallons of  2% Milk into the Petunia beds.  Boy, you should see those petunias bloom!  They shot out of the ground and beg me for more Milk.

Then I bought two pigs to feed the excess Milk too and they too are getting fat.  Still I had more Milk left over so I purchased Two Mini Goats and 25 Rhode Island Hens.  Each morning I feed these farm animals my excess Milk.  Finally, I have found a way to use up all the excess Milk.

But considering all the fencing, 88 bales of Hay, truck loads of grain, Milk Shed, Two Gallon Pasteurizer Unit, Five Gallon Automatic Milking Machine, plumbing and electrical, bug spray equipment, Sinks and Shelves I finally have my Cream.  All it cost me was $10,000 and my freedom.  The cow now owns me lock stock and barrel.  But I have my Cream!  The chickens produce over a dozen eggs a day now and I have more than I can handle, any suggestions that won't cost another $10,000?

Here is a photo of five gallons of this weeks flavors and a photo of our Jersey Cow 

homemade ice cream buckets
Heavenly Strawberry, 
Chocolate Mint Oreo, 
Butter Pecan Cream, 
Cherry Heath Bar Crunch 
& Orange Cream Dream.

homemade icecream source of heavy cream
Here is a picture of
our Jersey Cow

Please share with our family your favorite homemade ice cream flavors or ingredients by sending me an E-mail:

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