Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream

Makes 1 gallon

By Mark Errington



1 cup of sugar

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

2 quarts of Half & Half

1 package of JELL-O Vanilla Cook & Serve Pudding Mix (4.6 oz Box)

4 eggs

Rock Salt

3 bags or more of fine crashed ice





  1. Make the pudding first (mix 4.6 oz or 130 grans of pudding mix with 3 cups of fat free milk into a medium/large saucepan). I used a plastic whisk at first, then I used a large wooden spoon to mix until it got thicker.
  2. Do not over cook or under cook the pudding! The pudding will become a little thick when its done.
  3. When the pudding is done; remove the saucepan from the burner.
  4. Add one egg at a time while mixing each egg with a handheld  plastic whisk. Then use a large spoon to mix for about 1 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add sugar to pudding and mix with a large wooden spoon.
  6. Add vanilla extract to pudding and mix with a large wooden spoon.
  7. Pour all of this into the ice cream container.
  8. Add the 2 quarts of half and half and mix with a large spoon.
  9. If needed, add a little milk to fill up to the fill line of the container and mix with a large wooden spoon.
  10. Put the ice cream container in the refrigerator for at lease 3 hours or over night.
  11. You are now ready to turn your ice cream.
  12. Then put the ice cream container into the bucket and put the lid (motor) on.
  13. Attached the top motor and plug it into the wall.
  14. It should be turning freely with no ice in the bucket.
  15. Add about 3 to 4 inches of crashed ice, then put a little rock salt all the way around the ice. do this until you reached the top of the ice cream maker. Continue to add crash ice and rock salt until the ice cream is done. When you see some water coming out of the hole then you are almost done.
  16. You can put a folded up piece of cardboard over the ice cream maker and then put a towel on top of the cardboard. This will help keep the cold in better. Leave some space for the motor to get some air so it will not over heat. 
  17. Let it turn, keep adding more crash ice and a little rock salt as the ice melts.
  18. In about 45 minutes to an hour the ice cream maker should become slower and slower to turn, and soon stop.
  19. This is when your ice cream is ready.
  20. When the ice cream maker stops on its own (using an electric motor), or is hard to turn, then your ice cream is ready.




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You can also try Butterscotch, or Chocolate, but make sure its "Cook & Serve Pudding Mix"!

This recipe has been in our family for over 100 years. My grandma made this ice cream way before I was born. I was born in 1958. When I was a teenager, I watched my grandma make this ice cream. I'm the only family member still making this very ice cream today.

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