How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

Everything You Need to Know About Making Ice Cream in a Blender Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an ice cream maker or liquid nitrogen to make ice cream from scratch. You can make it easily in your kitchen with a blender. All you need is a few ingredients, along with any extras you want to add, and you can have delicious ice cream in minutes. So, dust off your blender and follow these easy steps to make your favorite ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Nonfat dry milk powder (as needed)

First Steps

Add 2 cups of crushed ice to your blender. You should start with crushed ice because crushed ice gives you a creamier consistency. If you do not have crushed ice, consider putting it in a food processor to crush it first. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the blender. You should try to get as close as you can to the accurate measurements when you are adding them to the blender.

  • Tip: If you would like to give your ice cream a golden color, you can add a tiny pinch of turmeric powder. It also gives it a rich taste.

Next Steps

Pour the milk into the blender.

  • Tip: You should use 2 percent or whole milk to make the ice cream thicker and creamier. If you want a lighter taste, you should use 1 percent milk. However, if you use a lighter milk, you will get more ice crystals. You can use another type of milk, such as almond, cashew, or coconut. Heavy cream gives you a thicker consistency.
  • Tip: When using skim milk or a lighter non-dairy milk, they are watery, so you should consider adding nonfat dry milk powder to thicken the ice cream. Only add 2 tablespoons at a time.

Blend all ingredients together for a minimum of 1 minute or until the mixture is smooth and similar to a milkshake consistency.

  • Tip: Be sure to return the top of the blender when mixing. Check the mix and make sure there are no chunks of ice. If there are, keep blending until they are gone.
  • Tip: The more powerful your blender is means the less time you need to blend the mixture. You should check it every 30 seconds if you are not sure how quickly it will blend.


Move the mixture to a freezer-safe ice cream container that has a sealing lid. Make sure the ice cream has a good amount of space in the container so it can get as much cold air as possible. Alternatively, you can put the mix into popsicle molds to make your own ice cream bars.

  • Tip: A plastic container works best for storage.

Put your ice cream in the freezer and allow it to stay for 2 to 3 hours. If you like your ice cream to be softer, you may only want to leave it in the freezer for closer to 2 hours instead of 3.

  • Tip: Placing your container in the back of the freezer may help it freeze faster. You may want to consider putting it between two different items.

When you want to taste test and check the ice cream for consistency, you should use a spoon. Spoon the ice cream from the middle of the container because it freezes last. If it is exactly how you want it, scoop the ice cream into a waffle cone and enjoy! If it’s too soft, put the ice cream back in the freezer for another 30 minutes or so. If it is too hard, let the ice cream sit out for about 5 minutes and check it again. Once you have the desired consistency, you can add any toppings you want and enjoy.


You can store your ice cream for one week in an air-tight ice cream container. Put saran wrap over the top of the container before you put on the lid. This will stop ice crystals from forming on top of your ice cream.