When it comes to strawberries, there are hundreds of different recipes which are not just wonderfully delicious and pretty to look at, but they are also quite nutritious and addictive. Most strawberry recipes are effortless and emphasize the taste of the strawberry itself. So the list of ingredients will always be straightforward. Strawberry and summers are synonymous, and therefore, any mention of strawberry gives it that lovely summer feels. Since strawberries are available fresh throughout the year nowadays, you do not have to store them in the freezer anymore. You can buy them new and keep the recipes instead. Today we bring you the lovely strawberry ice cream recipe. It is no surprise that strawberry ice cream is a mass favorite and admired by everyone. To make it even better, it’s all homemade with the freshest and best ingredients and without any artificial flavoring or preservatives added. Let’s get started.
Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
- Fresh strawberries – 2 cups (which is 6 ounces or 170 grams)
- Granulated sugar – 1 cup
- All-purpose cream or heavy cream – 2 cups (16 ounces or 450 ml)
- Whole milk – 1 cup OR
- sweetened condensed milk – 14 ounces (1 can/ 400ml) cold (fat-free or regular)
- vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon (optional)
- Honey – 1 teaspoon (optional)
- Lemon juice – 1 – 2 teaspoons (optional)
- Salt – to taste
An ice cream maker is a must for this recipe. Without this tool, making a strawberry ice cream recipe is impossible.
We always mention this in every recipe. Fresh strawberries come with hidden dust and dirt from the fields. So wash them several times in a colander scrubbing them with your hands. After 4 -5 rinses, cut the white fruit stem and the green leafy part off.
Chop all the strawberries rough. The size depends on the preference. Larger sizes make the recipe appear more natural.
Take a large bowl and add all the strawberries to it. Then add the sugar and lemon juice. Honey is optional and will only enhance the taste. Mix it all well and let it sit for some time. The strawberries will macerate and release all their juices because of the sugar. This should take around 15- 20 minutes. Once the strawberries start releasing sugars and acids, they also become softer in the process.
After this, use a potato masher to mash the strawberry mix thoroughly. Ensure there are no pieces left in the mix. While you can also use a food processor to puree it, the result will not look natural. So you can choose to blend if you want, but the mashed strawberry pieces taste amazing in the ice cream.
Add the entire mixture to the ice cream maker machine. Add the rest of the ingredients: heavy cream, vanilla extract, and sweet condensed milk.
Follow the ice cream manufacturer’s instructions on running the machine and making ice cream from the contents. The device will churn the ingredients, mix them and make them into ice cream in the end. This will take 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the manufacturer and machine.
The ice cream is ready once it is done in the machine. You have the option to have it immediately or send it to the freezer to make it thicker and colder. It should take 3 – 4 hours for the ice cream to freeze completely in the freezer.
The ice cream is soft and creamy, and you can scrape it directly from the storage box. To store in the freezer, use an air-tight container. This recipe can last up to 2 months in the fridge.
That’s it. The strawberry ice cream recipe is complete, and your ice cream is ready. You can store the ice cream for a week in the fridge in an air-tight container or in the freezer for approximately two months.
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Tips For Making Strawberry Ice Cream
While the store may be out of fresh strawberries, you can settle for the frozen ones though not recommended. The benefit of the frozen ones is that they usually come clean, so you will save the trouble of cleaning them. Just ensure you let the frozen berries thaw entirely and naturally.
Dried strawberries can also be used, but then use whole milk instead of condensed milk and increase the volume of whole milk by ½ cup to 1 cup.
Strawberries are berries, and so you can, and you must try experimenting with various other berries too. You can use blueberries or even different fruits. Substitute the fruit, but the recipe remains the same. Just adjust the amount of sugar needed per the fruit, and you should be good.
Salt and lemon have the unique ability to balance the tastes in a recipe. In the strawberry ice cream recipe, they will balance the sweet with the sour taste of the fruit. You will find the flavor of the ice cream or any other recipe is balanced by using these ingredients. If strawberries are even slightly sour, salt and lemon are a must. Try to choose the ripest fruits available, else use salt and lemon to save the taste.
The thickness of the ingredients will decide the texture, creaminess, and consistency of the ice cream. Ice cream won’t appear, and ice cream if it is not creamy. So try to use condensed milk rather than whole milk, and your ice cream will appear thick even if it is melting.
Adding a small amount of vodka will soften the ice cream in the freezer. Vodka does not freeze, so adding just 1 – 2 teaspoons will prevent the ice cream from becoming hard.
Using coconut oil will add an entirely new flavor to the recipe and go well with the strawberry flavor. Try it.
The strawberry ice cream recipe is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes. Not just can it be made quickly, you will have friends and family asking for more. Therefore it’s good to make it and store it in batches in advance. You can add it to desserts, other ice creams, and even smoothies. I hope you enjoyed the information in the recipe.