If your fondest memories of homemade ice cream are those of sitting on the ice-cream freezer while grandpa churned it, then you're just like me. But I've come to realize that my children have never even seen me make homemade ice cream. While this flaw in Southern parenting is alarming, it's fixable. The No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream and variations here are my ticket to family reunion memories for years to come.
Several years ago, concerns about egg safety prompted us to cook any ice-cream base that used fresh eggs. Not to worry; this recipe doesn't use eggs. Instead, the mixture gets incredible richness from sweetened condensed milk. Use our basic vanilla ice cream as a base, and try every delicious flavor.