How to Store Homemade Ice Cream

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There is nothing more enjoyable in the summer than a big scoop of homemade ice cream. The sweet treat can be hard work to make, so storing it properly is important to ensure that every bite stays as fresh and creamy as the first. Preventing freezer burn is key to preserving ice cream. According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, "to prevent freezer burn, the package must be free of air and sealed airtight."

Things You'll Need

  • Tempered glass storage bowls with lockable lids
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Plastic wrap
  • Freezer
  • Large pot filled with water
  • Tongs
  • Heat the large pot full of water on high heat until it's boiling. You'll use this to sterilize your glass storage containers.

  • Place the glass bowls into the pot with the tongs. Allow the containers to remain submerged for five minutes, then remove the bowls from the water bath with the tongs and allow them to dry and cool completely.

  • Scoop your ice cream directly from the basin of your ice cream maker into your glass bowl. Leave 1/2 inch at the top of the container to allow for expansion.

  • Cut a piece of plastic wrap slightly larger the mouth of your glass container and lay it across the surface of the ice cream. This will prevent ice crystals from forming.

  • Seal your storage container tightly by placing the lid onto the bowl and securing into place.

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