Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You’d never know this was no churn ice cream!

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About No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Spring is finally here, which means strawberry season is right around the corner, so I’m celebrating the best way I know how: with homemade strawberry ice cream! And I did it without an ice cream maker. Because if you’re anything like me, I do not have the real estate on my counter to devote to (yet another) appliance.

So it’s a good thing you can still make ice cream at home that tastes just like the store bought stuff, right?

I’ve made this recipe a few times already, and far I like it just as much (if not more) than my beloved Bluebell Ice Cream – and that’s saying a lot.

But what tools do you need to make ice cream? Turns out, not a whole lot:

  • A stand mixer or a hand mixer
  • A container to put it in (I used a 9×5 bread pan lined with parchment paper)
  • A freezer
  • 6 hours to kill

Seriously, that’s all there is to it. You’ll need the ingredients too, of course, but that’s another perk – since you’re the ice cream chef, you can make it any flavor you want.

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com

I’ve experimented with a few other ice cream flavors (more posts on those to come!) but I started with strawberry because it’s my secret obsession. Nine times out of ten you’ll see me order plain ol’ chocolate ice cream, but that’s because there’s a special ritual to enjoying strawberry. The mood needs to be just right, and a big part of that mood has to do with the time of the year.

Fall and winter? Chocolate all the way.

But the beginning of spring? Nothing but strawberry. Always strawberry.

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I guess it’s the east coaster in me, but I love everything about spring – the way the sun shines as the days grow longer, the perfume of budding flowers, the absolutely gorgeous weather – not to mention all the fields of new crops and those (awesome!) farms that allow you to pick your own. When I was in Virginia, I took it for granted that I could have buckets full of fresh strawberries for just $10 and a 10 minute drive. There are some pick-your-own farms here in AZ, but you’ve got to be up for a lengthy car ride to get to them – and sometimes pay a high price for the novelty.

So for now, I just pick my fresh produce at Sprouts.

But that’s also where the other ingredients for the ice cream are, so I don’t mind too much.

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Another great part about this recipe: I managed to get the balance just right so that this no churn strawberry ice cream doesn’t come out “doughy” (like some no churn recipes tend to) so that it feels more like regular ice cream. I’ve experienced the doughiness (a word?) phenomenon more with chocolate than any other flavor, but even then it doesn’t impact the taste – just the texture. I made the no churn chocolate for a four-year-old guest we had recently, and all I told her was that I made it all by myself and I hoped she liked it. She just smiled and proceeded to eat the whole bowl, without a single word or fuss about the texture. If that’s not a positive endorsement for no churn ice cream (regardless of doughiness), then I don’t know what is!

If you do have a picky texture-sensitive eater in your midst, this recipe will give you the best of both worlds: fresh & delicious ice cream that no one will know isn’t store bought. But you’ll want to make sure you tell them you made it, anyway, because why keep that a secret?

Maybe you’ll get a summer party invite out of the deal. I know I’d reinvite anyone that showed up with homemade ice cream!

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com

So now that I’ve got the base recipe down, I’m wondering what else I could try it with. We’ve got budding orange trees in the back yard. Is orange ice cream a thing? We’re growing limes, too – what about those? Too much? And I think we’ve all seen red wine ice cream making the rounds on Pinterest…  dare I try it? Could it possibly taste as good as all those pictures make it look?

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com

So now that spring has spring, what’s your favorite ice cream? Do your tastes change with the seasons?No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream! Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.6 from 5 votes

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

15 mins prep + 6 hrs Freezing Time
415 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
Capture the taste of spring without the extra appliance on your counter. You'd never know this was no churn ice cream!

Ingredients 

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold*
  • 14.5 oz sweetened condensed milk, (1 can OR between 1 & 1/2 and 1 & 3/4 cup)
  • 3 tbsp salted butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup strawberries, divided
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter and allow to cool while completing the following steps.
  • Prepare strawberries by removing stems and hulling (cutting out the white pulp inside). Cut strawberries into small pieces, roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size.
  • Place 1/2 cup strawberries in a blender and pulse until smooth. Set nearby for next step.
  • In a medium bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla, pureed strawberries, and remaining 1/2 cup of cut strawberries. Add 1-2 drops of red food coloring, if desired. Mix until combined, then set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed until mixture is very thick. It should take 5-10 minutes. Tip: When the mixer begins to leave air bubbles and gaps in it's wake, the cream should be thick enough. It should stick securely to a spoon when held upside down.
  • Using a spatula, gently blend the fruit mix in with the whipped cream.
  • Once combined, pour the ice cream into a container of you're choosing. Cover tightly (or wrap with aluminum foil) and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  • Let ice cream soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

* The heavy whipping cream needs to be very cold in order for it to thicken properly when mixed. Keep the cream in the refrigerator until just before use. If you're still having trouble getting the cream to thicken, try placing the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes and try to mix again. Keep repeating this process until the cream starts to thicken properly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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28 comments

    • Linda

    Most recipes do not include butter. Why do you include it? Thanks for your answer.

    • Lisa
    • 5 stars

    We made this, sans butter. It was excellent! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Rae

    I added four and a half tablespoons of malt powder to the recipe – it was excellent.
    I also put some of the icecream into popsicle molds, and that worked out really well! Thank you for the outstanding recipe!

    • Chelsea Edwards

    Hi, I when I made ice cream it only tasted like the sweetened condensed milk. Have any suggestions?

    • Jaimie Cottrell

    Thank you so much for replying so quickly everytime!! I love your site & the way youbare so helpful even with the littlest questions!! You get 5 stars plus from me!!!

    • Jaimie Cottrell

    My daughter & I are going to make your strawberry ice cream to make an angle food ice cream cake for fathers day, I have one question, does it have to be unsalted butter?

    • Hey Jaimie! Unsalted butter is preferred for taste, but it’s not necessary and won’t negatively impact the recipe if you used salted butter. There’s only about 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 1/2 cup (1 stick) of salted butter, so the taste difference would be minimal.

        • Jaimie Cottrell

        Thank you for replying back so quickly. Sorry, but I have another question, my mixer is messed up so could I use a wisk for the heavy whipping cream?

        • I think you could use a whisk, but it might be a challenge. The key to getting the cream to whip properly is for it to be *very* cold, so you might need to pause mixing and set the bowl of cream in the freezer (for 5-10 minutes) a few times to be sure the temperature stays low.

        • Cheryl

        Tip: When the mixer begins to leave air bubbles and gaps in *it’s wake* the cream should be thick enough. It should stick securely to a spoon when held upside down.

        *What does this mean?

        • Hey Cheryl! That means what’s left behind. So as you’re moving your mixer through the cream, it should cause air bubbles and gaps to form when it’s the right consistency.

            • Cheryl

            Thank you. I appreciate your promptness.

          • Josie

          Looks awesome! Love that you don’t need an ice cream maker. Btw, grew up eating Bluebell ice cream, wish I could find Bluebell in the Northeast! 🙂

        • i love strawberry ice cream! Thanks for a great recipe- I don’t have an ice cream maker so this sounds awesome!

            • Chrisy

            No problem Valerie! I was surprised how great the no churn ice cream turned out – I doubt I’ll never buy an ice cream maker now.

          • Breanna

          This sounds so simple and so fantastic! Yummy, my kids would love making this and eating it even more. I have an ice cream attachment for my kitchen aid but when I want something quick it is not that. I could handle this! Thank you for sharing.

            • Chrisy

            No problem Breanna! Hope the kids like it 😀

          • lauryn hock

          OH MY! This sounds perfect for a summer night.

            • Chrisy

            I agree! The just weather needs to get a little bit warmer and it’ll be a perfect match.

          • Alexandria

          Growing up I had an ice cream machine. I always made the grossest “new flavors” .But.. strawberry was always may favorite. I made mine a little different, so I’ll definitely have to make your recipe.

            • Chrisy

            It’s probably pretty easy to take a flavor too far 😀 Will have to keep that in mind when I start experimenting!

          • Ashley

          Thanks for sharing this recipe! This will be perfect for those hot and humid days we have here in Texas!! 🙂

          • Michelle

          Living in South Florida, we’ve had strawberries for a while and have enjoyed their yumminess! My kiddos would love to make this easy ice cream, thanks for the recipe!!!

            • Chrisy

            No problem! Hope they like it! 😀

          • Tanya

          I have an ice cream maker that I’ve used a handful of times for my protein ice cream creations. This looks so much easier to do and without all the clean-up. I may try to add protein powder/almond milk/stevia and see how it goes.

            • Chrisy

            If you try it with alternative ingredients, I’d love to hear how it turns out 🙂

          • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion

          I don’t have an ice cream machine so this ice cream is a win situation for me. Sweet dessert. Strawberries are my favorite!

            • Chrisy

            Thanks Ilona! I totally agree – strawberries are in a league of their own.