Who doesn’t like an ice cream? With so many flavours and sizes, these days, ice creams decorate any household or party functions. But, are you storing the ice creams- purchased or home made -in the right way? According to the ice cream manufacturer brand Ben & Jerry’s, there is “nothing worse than freezer-burned ice cream” when your freezer leaves large crystals on the top of the ice cream, as it turns your pint into an “unappealing mess”.
Over time, ice evaporates. As the moisture leaves the ice cream and joins forces with moist ambient air, it refreezes on the ice cream’s surface, creating the tell-tale crystals that indicate freezer burn. What you are left with is not an ice cream, but a concoction that’s icy, crunchy and kind of yucky.
Try these important tips on how to store ice creams at home.
Check the temperature of your freezer
If you haven’t checked the temperature of your freezer in a while, now is a good time. Ice cream is best when stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Use air tight storage containers
Store ice cream in a freezer-safe, airtight container. I usually use Tupperware plastic containers. They’re freezer safe, sturdy and they stack well, so my freezer stays organized.
Use shallow and flat container
Shallow, flat containers help keep ice cream at an even consistency. I especially love them because they make a great “runway” for scooping!
Cover the ice cream with plastic wrap
Press a piece of plastic wrap firmly against the entire surface of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals from forming.
Store ice cream at the back of the freezer
When ice cream warms and cools too much it can take on an unpleasant grainy texture. Keep ice cream stored in the back of the freezer where the temperature is the coldest and most consistent.
Avoid storing ice cream in the door of the freezer
It’s an easy storage spot for sure, but resist the urge. Items stored in the freezer door are subject to the most temperature fluctuation…aka the fast track to grainy ice cream.
Doubtful regarding storage? Eat!
This is not joke! This is not about if you can’t resist eating it, after storing for long. But, in case you are dubious about the temperature fluctuations in your freezer, eat the ice creams as soon as possible. I know you would!