Every ice cream lover knows freezer burn is the most efficient way to ruin your ice cream eating experience. If you don't know what freezer burn is, it's when the water molecules in your food migrate to the surface of the food. It's similar to evaporation, but it's ice rather than water. This makes ice crystals accumulate on the outside of your food. Here's how you can reduce freezer burn on your ice cream.
1. Make it Airtight
Freezer burn thrives on open air. One great way to stop freezer burn is to provide a seal so the ice cream container is airtight. You can do this by covering your ice cream with plastic wrap. Place your plastic wrap directly on the surface of your ice cream and place the lid on tightly over that.
2. Store it Right
Warmth and frequent changes in temperature allow freezer burn to grow and continue. When you place a container of ice cream in your freezer, make sure to keep it deep in the freezer rather than in the door or the front of your freezer. This placement maintains your ice cream's temperature.
3. Flip it
When you take your ice cream out of the freezer, it tends to melt. Melty ice cream freezes differently than solid ice cream. The best way to prevent this melty ice cream from getting freezer burn is to flip your ice cream upside-down. Make sure your lid fits tightly so it doesn't leak.
4. Keep it Cold
Much like the placement in your freezer, the temperature of your freezer makes a big difference. The optimal temperature to store your ice cream 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below. This will keep your ice cream cold and freezer burn at bay.
5. Eat it
The best way to prevent freezer burn is to eat your ice cream right away! Your ice cream can't get freezer burn if it never makes it to the freezer.
Any combination of these tips is sure to reduce freezer burn on your favorite ice cream. No more crystalized frozen treats!