Homemade ice cream gets a bad rap for being (A) difficult and (B) expensive.
The truth is, making ice cream at home isn’t that hard once you have a few key pieces of equipment. Obviously you’ll need an ice cream maker of some sort. There are a bunch of different makes and models, and they all essentially do the same thing. Look for one with positive reviews on Amazon and make sure it holds at least a quart of ice cream.
Besides the ice cream maker itself, I also think it’s helpful to have a nice mesh strainer, which will help to strain out the custard for the ice cream. This will make for a much smoother finished product.
The first time you try to make homemade ice cream, you might think that it’s a huge process. I promise that if you do it a few times, it will become really easy for you. These days I can rock out a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream with just a few minutes of work.
As far as expense, it’s true that homemade ice cream can be more expensive, but it all depends on quality of ingredients. Remember that cheap brands of ice cream are cheap because they use cheap ingredients (high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and so on). You probably won’t be able to beat these brands on cost. But you can easily beat them on flavor. Quality brands of ice cream can easily cost $6 to $8 per quart, which we can match or beat at home.