How to make a milkshake without a blender

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How to make a milkshake without a blender
Softened ice cream is the key to a handmade milkshake. (Lecic/iStock/Getty Images)

A milkshake is very easy to make with a blender, but more challenging if you don't have one on hand. However, you don't need to have a blender in order to make a milkshake. As with most kitchen utensils, a blender is merely a modern convenience that gives us a shortcut. Although requiring a bit more effort, you can make a milkshake by hand that is just as good as one made with a blender.

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Things you need

  • 1 litre (4 cups) ice cream
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • Flavourings (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon

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  1. 1

    Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to soften.

  2. 2

    Scoop about 1 litre (4 cups) of the softened ice cream into a bowl.

  3. 3

    Add up to 500 ml (2 cups) of milk to the bowl, depending on how thick you want the shake to be.

  4. 4

    Stir in optional flavourings such as vanilla extract, sugar, and cocoa powder, to taste.

  5. 5

    Beat the mixture together with a large spoon until the ice cream, milk and flavourings are fully combined. Pour the mixture into four tall glasses and serve.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to make a fruit-flavoured milkshake without a blender, slice up softer fruits such as strawberries by sauteeing them in a pan or mixing them with sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Mash the fruit into a chunky purée, then stir into the ice cream and milk.
  • Use a wire whisk instead of a spoon if you want a frothier milkshake.

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