Day 274 – Keep Ice Cream Soft


This pin was a little annoying. It showed a picture of a carton of ice cream in a Ziploc bag and said, “Found a new method to keep ice cream soft. It doesn’t have to bend your spoon. As soft as when you first open it, everytime.” It’s driving me crazy that I just had to misspell every time right there, but I’m quoting the pin. As I mentioned, it was just a carton of ice cream in a Ziploc bag. Or was it? Was there something else in the bag with it? There was no description.

So, I tried putting my ice cream in a Ziploc bag to see what would happen. I noticed no difference. My ice cream still turned hard. It certainly wasn’t as soft as when I first opened it. Fail!

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  1. Thanks for checking this out, Kirsten. I saw this pin also and couldn’t imagine that it would work. I appreciate the time and effort you saved me! Hope you had a fun Halloween with your little man. 😉

  2. I found this on ehow, it says you wrap the ice cream with a warm towel (soaked in warm water) and sit for 5-10 min, and then place in a ziploc. Wonder if this the step that was missing?

    Let me know if this helps!

  3. One time I put warmish cheese in a tubber ware, put it in the fridge, and a couple of weeks later when I opened it again, the cheese was still warm. Of course, I had to throw it away, because it had grown mold by that time, but I think it’s the same idea. The ice-cream has to be partially at room temperature and then it will maintain it’s temperature in the zip lock bag. But if you put it in the zip lock bag when it’s already hard, it will stay hard and you’ll see no difference.

  4. I tried it and it worked for me. The ice cream was actually a little softer than when I first opened it. I used a ziplock bag meant for vegetables though, so I’m not sure if that made a difference.

  5. A plastic bag, or anything flimsy, cannot keep ice cream soft. Freezer temperatures will, eventually, permeate the plastic container and the ice creame wil harden. The only solution would be a special ice cream small-size freezer that would allow adjustment of temperature to around -8 or -10 C instead of -20 that regular freezers provide. I found there are very few such freezers on the market but are not sold as “ice cream freezers” and are not available in all countries.

    An alternative would be a thermally insulated box, with a heating resistor and a thermostat. (This would require that your freezer would allow a 12 or 24V output within the freeze chamber). The box with the ice cream would be placed in the freezer and the resistor would be connected to the low voltage output. The resistor would heat the ice cream box from -20C to a pre-set -8C degrees, ideal for keeping ice cream soft. Anyone want to try this? (I haven’t yet).

  6. Hi, I have to say, that this little trick works great for me. It because the zipper bag prevent evaporate the gas from ice cream which is whipped in to it and make it soft,

  7. It works for me. I’ve got three cartons of ice cream in the freezer, side by side. The one in the plastic bag is soft and wonderful. The other two are hard as rock.

  8. Not working for me. Just took it out and it is hard as a rock. Kinda mad about it too 🙂

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