No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Written by Beth - Budget Bytes

What if I told you that you don’t need to buy a fancy appliance to make your own homemade ice cream?? Not only is this simple homemade ice cream delicious, but you can make so many different flavors and it’s just a super fun summer project. This year we took advantage of some of the season’s fresh strawberries to make this dangerously delicious, no-churn strawberry ice cream, and it might be my favorite flavor yet. So make sure to bookmark this recipe for this weekend. You’ll be so happy to have some homemade ice cream stashed away in your freezer later. ;)

Side view of a hand holding a no-churn strawberry ice cream cone.

What Does No-Churn Mean?

No-churn simply means you don’t need an ice cream maker to make this INSANELY easy dessert. The ice cream base doesn’t need to be continuously stirred as it freezes to stay soft and fluffy, and you don’t need to stand over a stove gently simmering and stirring eggs, cream, and sugar into a smooth custard. Halleloo! Whipping the ingredients together before freezing helps keep the ice crystals small and the ice cream smooth and delicious.

With just five ingredients and a hand mixer, this recipe will give you delectable, velvety results. This ice cream is so good I make a double batch because I know that despite my best efforts, I will devour most of it in one sitting.

How Do You Flavor Ice Cream?

There are two ways to flavor your no-churn ice cream. You can flavor the ice cream base or you can swirl flavorful ingredients into the whipped ice cream just before freezing. To keep this recipe simple, we flavored the base with just a touch of vanilla, then swirled in strawberries and strawberry syrup just before freezing.

If you don’t have fresh strawberries or don’t want to make your own strawberry syrup, you can swirl in a little thinned-out strawberry jam. Simply loosen up the strawberry jam by stirring in a little warm water until it is just loose enough to run off a spoon. Then swirl it in as we did with the strawberry syrup below.

What Keeps No-Churn Ice Cream Soft?

Ice cream made in an ice cream maker is slowly churned as it freezes, which incorporates air into the mixture and keeps the ice crystals really small as they form. With no-churn ice cream, the mixture is whipped before freezing to incorporate the air, and the high fat and sugar content of the base helps prevent large ice crystals from forming as it freezes. It’s so incredibly easy and the results are so fantastic, you’ll be glad you didn’t drop $$$ on that ice cream machine.

Love no-churn ice cream? Try these other no-churn ice cream flavors: Balsamic Peach Ice Cream or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream being scooped out of the baking dish.
Close up side view of a strawberry ice cream cone.
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No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Looking for an easy, budget-friendly, dessert to help beat the summer heat? This delicious no-churn strawberry ice cream recipe is a winner!
Author: Beth – Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Freeze Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 7 1 cup each

Ingredients

Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, divided ($1.99)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (granulated) ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract ($0.06)
  • 1 pinch salt ($0.01)

Ice Cream Base

  • 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk ($1.59)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream ($2.39)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ($0.50)
  • 1 pinch salt ($0.01)

Instructions

  • Make the strawberry syrup first. Wash the strawberries and remove the green tops. Dice the strawberries into ¼-inch pieces. Reserve half of the chopped strawberries to fold into the ice cream later.
  • Add the other half of the diced strawberries to a sauce pot with the sugar. Stir and cook over medium heat until the strawberries release their liquid and form a syrup in the saucepot.
  • Let the strawberries simmer in the syrup, stirring occasionally until they break down and lose their shape and the syrup has thickened slightly. You'll know it's ready when you drag a wooden spoon across the bottom center of the pot and the syrup stays parted for a few seconds. Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Set the strawberry syrup aside to cool.
  • While the syrup is cooling, prepare the ice cream base. Add the sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt to a bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until it is light and fluffy, and has formed soft peaks.
  • Fold the reserved chopped fresh strawberries into the ice cream base. Transfer the whipped ice cream base to a freezer-safe container. Drizzle the cooled strawberry syrup over the ice cream and gently swirl it into the mixture.
  • Cover the ice cream and freeze for eight hours before scooping and serving.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 cupCalories: 471 kcalCarbohydrates: 47 gProtein: 7 gFat: 30 gSodium: 102 mgFiber: 1 g
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Close up side view of a strawberry ice cream cone.

How to Make Strawberry Ice Cream – Step by Step Photos

Strawberries being chopped into quarter inch pieces.

Make the strawberry syrup first. Wash the strawberries and remove the green tops from one pound of strawberries. Dice the strawberries into ¼-inch pieces. Reserve half of the chopped strawberries to fold into the ice cream later.

Chopped strawberries in pot with sugar.

Add the other half of the diced strawberries to a sauce pot with ⅓ cup sugar.

Strawberries releasing their liquid and turning into syrup.

Stir and cook over medium heat until the strawberries release their liquid and form a syrup in the saucepot and the mixture comes up to a simmer.

Strawberry syrup in a pot with a spoon in it.

Let the strawberries simmer in the syrup, stirring occasionally until they break down and lose their shape, and the syrup has thickened slightly. You’ll know it’s ready when you drag a wooden spoon across the bottom center of the pot and the syrup stays parted for a few seconds. Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Set the strawberry syrup aside to cool.

Combine heavy cream, condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in a bowl.

While the syrup is cooling, prepare the ice cream base. Add one 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, one pint of heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to a bowl.

Whipping heavy cream mixture into soft peaks.

Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until it is light and fluffy, and has formed soft peaks (when you lift the beaters out of the mixture it will form a gentle peak that slumps over to the side).

Folding chopped strawberries into whipped cream mixture.

Fold the reserved chopped fresh strawberries into the ice cream base.

The ice cream base is spooned into a freezer-safe container.

Transfer the whipped ice cream base to a freezer-safe container.

Strawberry syrup is being swirled into the ice cream base in a freezer-safe container.

Spoon the cooled strawberry syrup over the ice cream and gently swirl it into the mixture. Don’t over mix it! :)

Strawberry ice cream that's been frozen for eight hours and is ready to serve.

Cover the ice cream and freeze for eight hours before scooping and serving.

Overhead view of ice cream being scooped out of the dish.