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Williams Sonoma Ice Cream Starter, Vanilla

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Everything is more fun with ice cream, and the easiest way to whip up a batch of velvety vanilla is with our all-natural ice cream starter. Simply mix with heavy cream and half-and-half, pour into your ice cream maker and freeze. Customize with favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed cookies or candy sprinkles. In about 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy rich, creamy ice cream showcases the sweet, creamy flavor of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.

  • 12.4 oz. (contains two individually sealed packets; each makes 1 quart premium ice cream).
  • Made in USA.
  • Granulated sugar, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, salt.
  • This product is prepared and packagedusing machines that may come in contact with wheat/gluten, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy.

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The Best Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, cream and 1/4 cup of the sugar. With the tip of a knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla beans into the pan, then toss the pods into the pan. Place over medium heat and bring just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar until the mixture falls in a thick, wide ribbon when the whisk is lifted. Remove the vanilla pods from the milk mixture and reheat to a bare simmer. Slowly add the milk mixture to the yolk mixture while whisking constantly. Pour the custard back into the pan and cook gently over medium-low heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until thickened enough to coat the spoon, about 3 minutes. Draw a finger across the spoon. The custard is ready if it does not immediately bleed back together. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean storage container, let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Pour the chilled custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a tightly covered container and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Adapted from Williams Sonoma Family Meals, by Maria Helm Sinskey (Oxmoor House, 2008).

See full The Best Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Ice Cream I have been making my own ice cream for many years and I am so happy that you now have the ice cream starters, which helps making such delicious ice cream so easy. I especially love your vanilla that allows me to add my own ideas like peanut butter chips, raspberry chips and so on, fantastic and my family and guests love it. They all think I am terrific because I make my own ice cream, I tell them it is so easy, but they don't believe me, so I let them think I am terrific. Thanks William Sonoma.
    Date published: 2019-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste, Madagascar vanilla is fab This mix is delicious. The mix helps me make homemade ice cream in 45 minutes. The taste is complex, texture is creamy and smooth. Highly recommended. Wish it was offered in a 1 1/2 quarter serving side.
    Date published: 2019-08-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from They changed the recipe I bought this mix over the years and I agree with a previous reviewer. The vanilla is not the same and I don’t like it. I guess I ‘ll keep one as a backup for when I’m not up to all the work but I will start making my own vanilla from now on. Bring the previous one back please
    Date published: 2019-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little disappointed this time I have purchased your vanilla bean ice cream starter for several years now and have always been pleased until my recent order. The starter was darker in color and, when frozen, remained dark, like coffee with creamer. Almost like chocolate. The taste was still wonderful but I was disappointed in the color since I had 20 guests to serve!
    Date published: 2018-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime If you're not wanting the headache of making a custard etc...If you want ice cream in 30 minutes....this stuff is sublime!!!!
    Date published: 2018-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, Splendid Ice cream I purchased this ice cream a few months, and nd it's been sitting in my pantry. I finally decided to pull out the ice cream maker with the ice cream so I could give a try. The entire process only took about 30 minutes to make and the results were amazing. This ice cream is better than most well known brand ice creams. I left speechless after I the initial taste, OMG!!! I will be purchasing this ice cream a million more time, and I will be trying a few other flavors as well. This ice cream is wonderful!!!!
    Date published: 2017-11-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This truly is too die for I purchased a Breville ice cream maker from WS, which lead met to. This incredible ice cream starter. It could not be easier. It also has an incredible flavor. My favorite is the vanilla. I have tried several different flavors and they have all been good. I also add vanilla bean paste when I'm making the vanilla, delicious!!
    Date published: 2017-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from To die for! I bought the vanilla Ice Cream Starter when I purchased my ice cream maker. Last week, I used it for the first time and was amazed at the creamy, rich taste. Not only was I impressed, but my husband, who stays pretty low-key, pronounced it "awesome!" - a rave review! You want to try this, but don't buy it all - leave some for the rest of us!
    Date published: 2017-07-14
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  • I bought this product and a Cuisinart ice cream maker to use Christmas with my grandchildren. So I am prepared how much heavy cream and half and half will I need per quart. Do all the flavors require the same ingredients be added. Any thing else I’ll?

    Asked by: Purpleberry
    Hi Purpleberry, Exact amounts will vary by flavor, but each requires a total of 3 cups of milk product to make each batch. Example: 1.5 c each Heavy Cream and Half & Half, or 1 cup each: Whole milk, Half & Half and Heavy Whipping Cream.
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2018-12-24
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