Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe by Val Plagge


  • 4 eggs
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 quart Half & Half
  • ½-gallon whole milk


  1. Whisk eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and Half & Half together; pour into canister.
  2. Then pour whole milk to the fill line.
  3. Put canister into ice cream bucket with ice and ice cream salt around canister.
  4. Let run 30 to 40 minutes until it’s thick and smooth. Enjoy!


COOK’S TIPS: Val’s top two tips to make perfect Homemade Ice Cream:

  1. You have to use a good quality vanilla. I feel like you can never go wrong with Watkins Vanilla.
  2. You need to use a classic, 4 qt. or 6 qt., electric ice cream maker like this one. In my opinion, the older, the better. I actually use a hand-me-down ice cream maker that my in-laws got at the beginning of their marriage. Now that we’re done with the tips, it’s time to dive into a delicious bowl of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!