My favorite ice cream is Edys vanilla bean-love* love* love it. Actually I love all the flavors Edys' makes which is probably why I never loose weight....anyway.... when there's isn't a scoop left in the house and I've got the craving I'll make a batch. Making it at home is not only a bit cheaper but it's home made-you know what's in it plus it can be whipped up relatively quickly. It does take a little time to freeze but the results are worth every bite :)
2 Cups Whole Milk
2 Cups Half and Half or Heavy Cream
1 Cup Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean (split down the center and seeds removed) or 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
3 large eggs 3 egg yolks
In a large sauce pan combine milks and sugar. Using a candy thermometer or digital thermometer- Heat until 175 and all sugar is dissolved.
Meanwhile in a mixing bowl combine eggs. Mix until light in color 3-5 minutes
Temper eggs-add 1/2 cup of hot milk to eggs slowly. Add another 1/2 Cup all while mixing on a slow speed. Finish pouring milk mixture into eggs. Once all incorporated chill for 1-2 hours in your refrigerator.
Once cooled-place into your ice cream maker. Follow manufacturers directions on chilling.
Vanilla is just the canvas, you can build on it anyway you choose. Fold in chocolate syrup -honey-caramel. or add strawberries-peaches or bananas. The possibilities are truly endless.
If you don't have an ice cream maker here are some suggestions
Freezer method- Once cooled place ice cream in a large plastic container and put in the freezer-check after 20 minutes and give a good stir with a wooden spoon or for best result use a hand mixer on low speed. Repeat this stirring every 15-20 minutes at least 3-4 times. This will help prevent ice crystals forming and keeping it smooth.
Can Method-When I was a kid at camp we used this method.
Have a small and large can clean and ready. Try a 36oz coffee can and a 12oz coffee can. You may have to do this in 2 batches. Place ice cream in the small can and seal tightly. Put inside large can and fill with ice cubes and rock salt. Seal tightly. Kids can roll around or pass back and forth. Check every 10-15 minutes and scrape down the sides also to check to see if the cans are leaking.