Making Ice Cream

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    Making Ice Cream

    Bowl of ice cream
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    Here are the instructions for making ice cream.

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    Step One - Heat the Half and Half

    Don't over heat the light cream.
    This is the first step in making ice cream. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The first step in making two quarts of Vanilla Custard Ice Cream is heating 2-1/2 cups of half-and-half. Only heat until there are bubbles around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat and set aside.
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    Step Two - Mixing Egg Yolks and Sugar

    Step Two - Making Ice Cream
    Beating yolks and sugar. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    With a hand mixer or in a stand mixer on medium to low speed, beat 8 egg yolks and 1 cup granulated sugar. Mix until thickened. This will take less than a minute.
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    Step Three - Adding Half and Half

    Step Three - Making Ice Cream
    Pouring cooled half and half into egg mixture. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Gradually add warmed half and half cream to yolk mixture.
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    Step Four - Mxing Half and Half and Yolk Mixture

    Step Four - Making Ice Cream
    Mixing cream with yolk mixture. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Mix half and half with yolk mixture until completely combined.
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    Step Five - Heating Combined Mixtures

    Step Five - Making Ice Cream
    Heating Mixture on Stove. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Pour mixture back into the saucepan. Heat combined mixture only until bubbles form around edge of pot and liquid is steamy. Stir constantly.
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    Step Six - Combine Warm Mixture with Cold Cream Mixture

    Step Six - Making Ice Cream
    Mixing warm mixture into heavy cream mixture. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    In a large resealable container, combine 2-1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream with 4 teaspoons vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Gently pour* warm half and half mixture into heavy cream mixture. Combine completely. Place lid on container and refrigerate overnight.

    *If you've noticed some lumps in your half and half mixture, use a sieve to pour the mixture through into the container.
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    Step Seven - Follow Your Ice Cream Maker Instructions

    Step Seven - Making Ice Cream
    Follow your manufacturers' instructions when making ice cream. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    For this recipe, I used my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker which calls for the machine to be running before I add the refrigerated mixture. Be sure to follow your own particular ice cream maker's instructions.
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    Step Eight - Is It Done Yet?

    Step Eight - Making Ice Cream
    Process until mixture is of your preferred consistancy. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    While the ice cream is processing, I put my ice cream storage container in the freezer to pre-chill it. Once the ice cream is made, remove it from the machine. Place in chilled container and store in the freezer at least 2 hours before serving.
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    Step Nine - The Finished Product

    Step Nine - Making Ice Cream
    My favorite way to eat vanilla ice cream. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.