How to Make Ice Cream Thaw

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Thawing ice cream may seem like a simple procedure, but some forethought is necessary in order to maintain the consistency of the ice cream and avoid buildup of food-borne bacteria in dairy-based foods. However, thawing ice cream properly and to the desired temperature does not require any special tools that you don't already have in your kitchen. The quality of properly thawed ice cream is worth the minimal effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Colander
  • Sharp knife
  • Microwave safe bowl or container
  • Microwave
  • Ice cream scoop or spoon, optional
  • Cup boiling water, optional
  • Clean towel or paper towel, optional

Hot Water Method

  • Place the ice cream container in a sealable plastic bag large enough to easily hold the container and properly close.

  • Put the ice cream in the bag in a colander in the sink and run hot water over the ice cream for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how hard the ice cream is.

  • Remove the ice cream from the plastic bag and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before scooping and serving.

Knife and Microwave Method

  • Cut the desired portion of the ice cream out of the container with very sharp knife, placing the ice cream in a microwave safe bowl or container.

  • Place the ice cream in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir the ice cream and check for the desired consistency.

  • Continue heating the ice cream in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring between every repetition to avoid turning the ice cream into liquid.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another way to scoop hard ice cream is to dip your ice cream scoop or spoon in a cup of boiling water and quickly dry it with a clean towel or paper towel. The hot metal will allow you to easily scoop the ice cream. Reheat the spoon before each scoop, as it will cool after it comes in contact with the ice cream.
  • Avoid leaving ice cream out at room temperature to thaw and refreeze, which can cause bacteria to form. Any ice cream left out accidentally that becomes liquid should be discarded immediately and not refrozen.

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