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
- Sharp knife
- Microwave safe bowl or container
- 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.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
How to Make an Ice Cream Cake
An ice cream cake with a grown-up twist. It's like your favorite coffee shop vanilla latte drink in ice cream cake form.
How to Make No-Churn Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Making a batch of homemade ice cream just got a whole lot easier with this simple, no-churn recipe. No eggs? No machine?...
How to Keep Ice Cream Hard in the Freezer
Reaching into the freezer and pulling out a container of ice cream only to find it soft and mushy can be both...
Can You Use Ice Chests to Thaw Meat?
You can use an ice chest to thaw meat, provided you have enough ice or refreezable ice packs to keep the meat...