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Nick’s Tip: Fight The Burn

by Nick Vitrano

You scream - I scream - we all scream for ice cream. But you better eat it quickly or the only screams you'll hear from the freezer are shrieks of disappointment. OK, that's a bit extreme, but ice cream accumulates freezer burn pretty rapidly - a combination of a number of factors - and even if not crystallized, the spoil factor is quick to present itself, robbing you of taste and delight. There are ways to prolong the deliciousness of that creamy treat, outside of the obvious...eating it.

Today's tip: preserve that creamy goodness.

Like any freezer burn situation, the main culprit is pockets of air. No matter how tightly you believe you have secured the lid to the ice cream container, the perp has already penetrated the vessel. You can't suck it out, but you can create a barrier.

#1 - Press plastic wrap over the cream, then place the cap back on. The air is still inside, but it can't get at the tasty treat.

#2 - Cut down the container. If you have one of the cardboard tubs, this is easy and it works. Eliminate the air inside by simply eliminating the void. Cut down the container to the remaining ice cream and put the top back on.

#3 - Change containers. Similar to the above, just scoop it out and place into a smaller, airtight freezer container.

#4 - Refreeze upside down. Flip it over and put back in the freezer. It doesn't solve the issue, it merely shifts the impact, securing that your next scoop will be "fresh."

#5 - Break up with your significant other. Ice cream always seems to disappear in a single sitting in this scenario. If you're downing a new pint of Ben and Jerry's every night, it's always fresh.

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