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Jan 14, 2010 11:24 AM

Freezer burn on my store-bought ice cream

Here's the way it goes:

Ice cream goes on sale - usually Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Daz at something like 3 pints for $10 (it's usually $6+ a pint...and I'll pre-empt the 'those brands suck' comments by letting you know that I am in Canada, but not in a big city, so at the grocery store that is as good as it's going to get...).

I buy 3 or 6 pints.

Bring it home and take it straight to downstairs freezer (it's an upright) which gets opened on average 3x per week...always in the back of the freezer.

Almost always, it is terribly freezer burnt when we go to eat it, or becomes so quickly after opening.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is it that or stores clearing out old inventory that is probably already freezer-burnt, and I therefore should just bite the bullet and pay full price?

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  1. I don't think there's any easy answer for this problem (other than to buy one pint as a sample, then go back and buy the 3 pints on sale if the sample passed muster).

    I avoid buying any cartons that already have any evidence of ice crystals or frost on the outside to try to reduce the risk of getting ice cream that I'm going to be unhappy with.

    1. Why don't you taste it as soon as you bring it home. If it's bad take it back. If it was not freezer burned when opened but became so quickly after opening I would suspect your freezer.

      1. new - issue with grocer

        after a few servings - jfood remembers reading something in CI about the air in resealed 1/2G tubs. What they did to stop the increased amount of air after opening was to cut down the top as the ice cream was eaten and them place the cover on the reduced sized carton. Jfood never tried but it is interesting.

        6 Replies
        1. re: jfood

          Or you can put saran wrap over the top and push it down onto the ice cream when you're done serving yourself and it will keep for a while

            1. re: EWSflash

              I believe wax paper works better than saran wrap.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Okeedokee...jfood has a new carton and will just have to start a little old experiment when he comes back from dinner. Oh the battles foodies need to fight.

                1. re: jfood

                  Wouldn't jfood need two or more new cartons to perform this experiment?

            2. re: jfood

              My father always used to do this (cut down the carton as you go) when we were kids. Worked a bit, but not perfect.

              I've tried Saran wrap and found the method not very effective.
              Never tried wax paper though.

            3. Put them in zip top freezer bags when you bring them home & every time you take some out.

              1. All great suggestions. Next time there's a sale I'll buy one and proceed to eat the whole pint immediately to test for freezer burn. Nah, but I'll start opening straight away and if not good, return to store. If good I'll try some of those other tricks.