Check out our recipe for Ninja Creami Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!
There is just something so great about the rich vanilla flavor that vanilla beans give to ice cream. Yes, vanilla extract does the job, but vanilla beans give the ice cream such a rich and sweet vanilla flavor that you just can’t get from the extract alone.
I almost always use vanilla bean paste whenever a recipe calls for vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste is great to have on hand because it makes the process of using vanilla bean instead of just vanilla extract so easy. With vanilla bean paste, there’s no longer a need to buy fresh vanilla beans or to go through the process of removing the beans.
This vanilla bean ice cream base recipe can be used to create many other favorite ice cream flavors! Add in fruit to create a creamy strawberry ice cream. Add in chocolate chips to make the best chocolate chip ice cream! Mix in some caramel and apples to make the best taffy apple ice cream! The options are literally endless.
Tips for making Ninja Creami Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Vanilla bean paste is a thick syruplike vanilla flavoring. The vanilla bean paste is a combination of vanilla pods (the little seed-looking things inside the bean) and vanilla extract. The flavor is more intense but has less of an alcohol and artificial tasting. Vanilla bean paste is used just like vanilla extract, it’s a 1:1 ratio. The result is a rich vanilla flavor with vanilla bean speckles throughout. You can buy vanilla bean paste at most grocery stores (even Home Goods and TJ Maxx sell it now!!) near the vanilla extract and on Amazon.
Usually, if your ice cream/sorbet comes out dry or crumbly it’s due to one of the following reasons:
*Your freezer is too cold. Try to adjust your freezer to be a little warmer or let your ice cream sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before processing it.
*Your recipe does not have enough fat in it. Try adding in a little bit of a higher fat dairy product to your recipe next time.
*Your recipe may not have enough sugar in it. The less sugar in the recipe, the icier and crumblier the ice cream will be. Regular sugar, honey, or corn syrup can be used to increase the sugar content if desired.
If you have made ice cream and it just isn’t quite as creami as you would like, or if it started to melt and then was refrozen, you can very easily get it super creami again using the re-spin function on the Ninja Creami. Simply place the pint into the outer bowl and snap it into place. Choose the RE-SPIN function. Once the cycle completes, remove the pint and enjoy! Your ice cream should be nice and creamy again. ***If using the re-spin function on previously frozen and melted ice cream, be sure to smooth out the top so that the ice cream is level and evenly distributed in the pint.
You sure can! But…you will need to use 2 pint containers instead of one. You always want to make sure that the pint containers are only filled up to the max fill line and not any more than that. In order for the ice cream to turn out creamy, it needs to be mixed by the machine after freezing. If you overfill the pint, the machine is going to have a hard time mixing it and the result will not be as expected. It’s ok if you go over the max fill line a little bit when adding in the mix-ins after the ice cream has already gone through the ice cream function.
It depends. If you are keeping the ice cream in the Ninja pint container with the lid sealed tightly and are freezing it in a cold freezer (between 9 degrees F and -7 degrees F), your ice cream will keep for several weeks, even months. However, if you transfer your ice cream to another container or freeze it in a freezer that is not quite as cold (or that is accessed a lot/door opened and closed often), the lifetime of your ice cream will decrease greatly to just a few days and you will likely end up with freezer-burned ice cream.
Ingredient substitutions and tips for making Ninja Creami Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:
Directions for making Ninja Creami Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:
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- Add in the heavy whipping cream and milk. Whisk until all ingredients have combined well.
- Pour mixture into an empty Ninja Creami pint container and freeze for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove the pint from the freezer. Remove the lid.
- Once the ice cream function has ended, turn the outer bowl and release it from the Ninja Creami machine.
- Your ice cream is ready to eat! Enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.
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