If you buy ice cream at the supermarket in a large container, eat some, and put the rest back in the freezer, you may find ice crystals on top when you open it in a few days. This is known as freezer burn. It is caused when the ice cream is exposed to air and some of the water in the ice cream evaporates and refreezes into large crystals.
Freezer burn can give ice cream a crunchy texture that many people find unpleasant. Ice cream with freezer burn tastes nothing like the creamy texture that it has when it is fresh. Many people find the taste and texture of freezer burn so unpleasant that they decide to throw away the ice cream.
Although ice cream with freezer burn doesn’t taste good, it is not unsafe. Ice cream with freezer burn won’t make you sick. Freezer burn is a quality issue, not a health issue. If there is only a small amount of freezer burn on the surface of the ice cream, you may be able to scrape it off and enjoy the rest of the ice cream in the container.
You can prevent freezer burn in the future by limiting the amount of air that comes into contact with ice cream. If you open a container of ice cream and don’t finish it all at once, you can put a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the ice cream before you put the lid back on the container and put it back in the freezer.
You can avoid the problem of freezer burn altogether by coming to Praline’s to try some of our delicious, freshly made ice cream. We can make you a sundae or cone with any of our dozens of flavors and toppings. We have seasonal flavors, including pumpkin, apple crumb, pumpkin gingersnap, and apple caramel crumb, that are only available for a limited time. Bring your family to your local Praline’s today to try some of our award-winning ice cream.