How to Make the Best Old-Timey Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


All you need is this recipe + 5 ingredients to make the BEST old-timey homemade vanilla ice cream in an electric freezer.

old time homemade vanilla ice cream

Paul T.’s famous homemade vanilla ice cream.

For decades, my father-in-law “Paul T.” has made this homemade vanilla ice cream for our family. He and my mother-in-law “Mimi” live at Lake Martin, and for years this ice-cream has been one of our summertime traditions. After lunch and plenty of water time, we all sit on the porch and wait for what we call “Paul T.’s famous homemade vanilla ice cream.”


What difference do eggs make in homemade ice cream?

Thicker ice creams usually contain eggs or egg yolks to act as thickeners.  Recipes using eggs make an ice cream “base.” An ice cream base is essentially a cooked custard that turns into creamy ice cream when it is chilled and churned in a freezer.

How do you make homemade vanilla ice cream creamy and not icy?

The key to homemade ice cream that will come out creamy is fat. Use heavy cream, half-and-half, or whole milk.  If you use skim or low-fat milk, the ice cream will likely become icy.

This ice cream tastes like Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream

I promise you that I think this ice cream tastes almost identical to Chick-Fil-A’s ice dream. The main difference is it is not quite as thick as ice dream. Paul T.’s is not “icy” per se, but it is not as creamy as some versions.  As it melts, it is like the best milkshake you have ever tasted:-)

What is the best large electric ice cream machine?

You will want a large electric ice cream machine that will make at least one gallon of ice cream. This is the least amount you would want if you are making for family gatherings. All of the machines below make at least one gallon. NOTE: These are “old-timey” in the sense that each one has the gallon insert around which you pack ice and ice cream salt. In the photo below, you’ll see Paul T. and Mimi making this in their freezer for Memorial Day.

Paul T.s famous ice cream
Mimi helping Paul T. make his famous homemade vanilla ice cream.

I searched online to find Paul T.’s ice cream machine and did not find it. The ones below are similar and certainly will do the job.

Do you have an ice cream freezer? If so, I hope you will give this recipe a try!!! Let me hear from you if you make it:-) As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Paul T.s ice cream

The Best Old-Timey Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 16 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paul T.s homemade vanilla ice cream (that tastes like Chick-Fil-A ice dream:-)


  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • whole milk to fill container


  1. Mix all ingredients except whole milk into a one gallon ice cream freezer.
  2. Add whole milk to reach the top of the fill line on the container.
  3. Swish the dasher a few times to combine the milk with other ingredients.
  4. Add crushed ice to the top of the bucket, sprinkling ice cream salt over the layers as you fill the bucket.
  5. As the ice melts, add more layers of ice and salt.
  6. Freezer until the freezer stalls and ice cream is ready.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 190Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 47mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 3g

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  1. I have a question! I want to use this recipe in my 2 quart ice cream maker. About how much whole milk is added?

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