Ben & Jerry's homemade strawberry ice cream

It's strawberry season!
 Just another reason I love the summer months!

I love eating all kinds of berries.  
Here in Oregon, June is the month for our local strawberry season.  
They are small, sweet, and super tender.

When I saw the first batch arrive in our grocery store, I knew right away what I wanted to make.

Have you ever made homemade ice cream?  It's so much fun, and there is nothing like a fresh batch.
Super creamy!!
We got the Ben & Jerry's ice cream cookbook as a wedding gift 20 years ago, and we have really enjoyed trying out the treats.

We always like to use their sweet cream base #1 (there's three options...)
Simple ingredients, nothing artificial, decadent...
Make sure you use the freshest berries available to you-
it really does make a difference!



*2 pints of strawberries, tops removed {hulled} and sliced
*(B&J call for one pint, but we like more)
*1/3 cup sugar
*juice of 1/2 lemon

Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.  
Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.

Prepare sweet cream base.  

Sweet Cream Base
*2 large eggs 
*3/4 cup sugar
*2 cups whipping cream
*1 cup milk (we used skim)

Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. 
 (we use a large bowl with a pour spout- makes it easier to pour into the ice cream maker.)

Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about a minute more.
Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.

Mash the strawberries with a masher, or puree. 
 {We like chunks and bits of strawberries, so we just mash.}
Stir into the sweet cream base.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Make sure you have  ice cream or rock salt and lots of ice on hand to make your ice cream. 
Makes one quart



  1. Yummy!! Being originally from Vermont I have been to the Ben and Jerry's plant a few times..... I even worked on one of the dairy farms that sold exclusively to B&J. They were regularly checked to be sure they did not give their cows anything not approved by B&J. Love that it is not full of chemicals! Your ice-cream looks sooo good!


  2. OMG Ben & Jerry's has a ice cream recipe book?!?! Why have I not heard of this before? Thanks for posting the recipe- the ice cream looks delish. Going research right now where I can find one of those books!


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