Have you always wanted to know how to make ice cream at home? Then this is the post for you. I was overjoyed to discover Bi-Rite Creamery, the San Francisco ice cream “it” destination. I was even more excited when they invited me to stop by for my own private ice cream-making lesson in celebration of their new book, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. The fabulous Kate of JetKat Photography was there to capture it all.

So last week I headed to the Mission, meeting shop owners and ice cream maker extraordinaries Kris Hoogerhyde and Anne Walker where all the magic happens – at their shop on the corner of 18th Street and Dolores.

With flavors like Earl Gray, Honey Lavender, and Brown Sugar with a Ginger-Caramel Swirl on regular rotation I knew I was in for a real education. I was not disappointed. With summer around the corner, we went for a classic, with a Bi-Rite twist. I was to learn how to make Fresh Strawberry-Balsamic ice cream, all from scratch.

Anne immediately put me to work hulling fresh strawberries. I quickly discovered one of Bi-Rite’s secrets – using eggs in their ice cream. Separating out the yolks and combining them with your cream will give your ice cream added body and a smooth, creamy texture. Good to know! After that, we cooked down the fruit, heated the fresh milk from a local dairy and combined the complicated recipe. And by complicated I mean the ingredient list topped at six. Why did I not know it was this easy?! 


In less than 30 minutes we had a lovely pinky-red mix swirling in the counter top ice cream maker. Note, You do have to have a little patience. While it only takes 20 minutes (or less, depending on your machine) for your ice cream to set, ideal freezing time is a minimum of four hours to overnight. But trust me, you are rewarded well. The creamy and light flavor of the strawberry ice cream was one of the best treats I’ve had in I can’t remember how long. And now I finally feel confident enough to make use of that ice cream maker that’s been collecting dust since our wedding!

When attempting your own ice cream making skills, I highly recommend heeding the Bi-Rite tricks of the trade.

PS Head to Facebook for outtakes from our day at the Creamery and the complete recipe for their Strawberry-Balsamic ice cream!

Still feel like you need more help? Well, I have exciting news for you – A GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader is going to win a signed copy of Bi-Rite Creamery’s ice cream making book, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. If don’t live in the Bay Area this is your chance to experience the depth of ice cream flavor that Bi-Rite provides for yourself!

Here’s how you enter:
~ Simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite ice cream flavor.

A winner will be selected {at random} on Friday, May 25*!

Here’s to a delicious summer season luvies,

Photography by Kate Skogen of JetKat Photography

{*Limited to residents of the US or Canada only. Please leave your email or web address in the body of the comment. $25 total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and announced on the bottom of this post soon after}

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  1. What a fun thing to try! I love ice cream, and would love to make my own. The hardest part would be waiting for it to freeze. This was a lovely post, Erin! xo

  2. This is such a great post/giveaway because ice cream is one of my favorite foods! I try to eat it {at least} once a day. My favorite flavor is Haagen Dazs Java Chip. Yum!

  3. I would love to win this book! My favorite flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe to some it's boring, but I love it!

  4. Choc-chip mint. Though I am happy to eat any type of ice cream! Pistachio is always delicious too! I love making ice cream, so a new book with new flavours sounds great!

  5. I love coffee, dulce de leche, and peanut butter. I love them all so much, there's no way I could pick a favorite!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. I love bi-rite so much! This must have been a really fun experience! Thanks for posting the tips!

  7. I have been wanting to buy this book! I'm a little jealous that you got to experience it first hand. Right now my favorite ice cream is chocolate peanut butter but that changes on almost a daily basis.

  8. Currently my favorite flavor is dulce de leche, but that salted caramel sounds delicious!

  9. I tried salted caramel ice cream for the first time this past weekend and I'm kinda obsessed!

  10. My sister lives in San Francisco; I live in Indiana. I visit often and have been to Bi-Rite many many times. My go-to flavor is the salted caramel, but I've also enjoyed the ginger, toasted coconut and brown sugar/ginger caramel swirl. This would be an awesome book to add to my collection, as I love making ice cream in the (hot, humid Indiana) summer!

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  11. Yum! Yum! Do we have to choose just one favorite? The salted caramel sounds delightful but the honey lavender is perfect for summer!

  12. This looks SO delicious. I can barely go a week without my ice cream fix. Currently Ben&Jerrys Apple Pie 🙂

  13. I have always wanted to make my own ice cream! My favorite is mint chocolate chip!

  14. ooo so many flavors. I would have to say Salted Caramel and would love a chance to have a copy of the book! Thanks!

  15. I recently moved out of the bay area, I lived just blocks from bi-rite on Dolores and let me tell you… I think about their salted caramel and roasted banana ice cream daily! Mmm I would just love to have a signed copy of their cookbook so I can try to make them all the way across the country. Lots of love!

  16. My favorite flavor is Bittersweet Mint, or sometimes Death by Chocolate, or sometimes Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, or sometimes blueberry… I just really love ice cream.

  17. I love icecream, it's hard to pick just one. I love coffee, milk chocolate, raspberry, passionfruit etc etc. I really would love some great new recipes so as to bust out my ice cream maker this summer.

  18. Ohlala, I love Bi-Rite!!
    My faves are salted caramel and pistachio. Yumyumyum :]

  19. I moved away from San Francisco 3 years ago and I miss the honey lavender ice cream every summer. It is absolutely the best! Except for the salted caramel…

  20. I have always loved dark Belgium chocolate ice cream but summer knocking the door , I would love to curl up with a scoop of lemon ginger ice cream. Tangy with right amount of punch !

  21. chocolate malted crunch! yum! thanks for the sweet giveaway! 🙂
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  22. I am forever grateful to my boyfriend for introducing me to Baskin-Robbins' World Class Chocolate. My expanded waistline thanks him, too 😛 Thank you for this giveaway!

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