A super common question that we’re asked at Uncle Mike’s. Does ice cream go bad? Well, due to the fact that it is made of milk, then yes there’s definitely the potential for your ice cream to go off after some time. Though it won’t be immediately, this is an unfortunate inevitability that will happen, unless you take the correct precautions. Firstly, lets just clarify this; your everyday fridge won’t store your ice cream at a good temperature over larger periods of time. The freezers that we use at big ice cream parlours are different and the temperature can be adjusted different, which isn’t the norm for the majority of fridges in your house. Over time, this will lead to your ice cream becoming crystalized and ‘off’.
One of the most common problems that will occur due to this is dehydration of your ice cream. This wil leave it too runny, and eventually it’ll turn bad due to the lack of oxygen in your ice cream. Again, this will in turn make your ice cream be termed as ‘off’.
The main ways that you can prevent your ice cream from turning bad are;
- Make sure that your freezer is running at an optimum level of cold. This should be well below 0 degrees celsius. By doing this, you minimize the chance of your ice cream going off.
- Keep your ice cream in a seal tight container. If it isn’t completely seal, you do run the risk of letting oxygen into your ice cream, which will affect its long term shelf life.
- Don’t leave the freezer door open whilst you’re putting your shopping in. That significant drop in temperature can have a big affect on your ice cream over time.
If you follow these instructions, you can be sure that your ice cream won’t go off within the first few months. Though I wouldn’t leave ice cream any longer than that personally, it should be good for a minimum of three months; if you take care of it.