Making homemade ice cream can be a somewhat long and tedious process— heat it up, cool it down, churn it, freeze it. The delicious payoff makes all the work worth it, but that still doesn’t make the waiting any easier.

Using an ice bath to cool things down quickly can do a lot to speed the process up. Once you’ve finished cooking your ice cream base, remove the pan from heat and place it inside a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and water. Make sure that the water comes a little up the sides of the pan, but is not so deep that it could overflow into the pan. Stir the base to release heat for about 5-10 minutes, until it is cold to the touch.