how long does ice cream last in the freezer

How Long Does Ice Cream Last in the Freezer: New Science

Ice cream is one of those delectable treats that seems to always be in the back of your freezer. Whether it’s the peak of summer’s heat or the coldest day of winter, ice cream always hits the spot. And what better way to celebrate a successful day of solving clues and tracking down suspicious activity than cracking open a pint of premium high-end hand-crafted ice cream? 

The real question we’re here to investigate today is, how long does ice cream last in the freezer? We’ve dove right into this important investigation to bring you the newest science, so you can be sure that any ice cream you eat is safe and tasty.

Of course, we don’t suspect that any of our Cold Case Ice Cream flavors will last in your freezer for very long. If anything, you might open up your freezer expecting to see six delectable pints of luxury hand-crafted ice cream only to find that most of it is already gone! If this ever happens to you, don’t panic. We’ve seen and solved these cases of the rapidly disappearing ice creams before, and the suspects are usually treat-loving children, late night snack seekers, or celebratory party-goers. 

how long does ice cream last in the freezer

If this is too often the case for you, you’re in luck. If you ever need ice cream, you can order six pints of Cold Case Ice Cream delivered right to your door. To make sure your freezer is always stocked up with the very best, very tastiest ice cream, order every week! That way you’ll always have ice cream in your freezer to celebrate successful days of detective work, as well as trying the new flavors that rotate in and out of our flavor selection every single week.

If you do stock up on ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you go through all of it before it goes bad. Ice cream lasts a long time, so you don’t need to worry about it too soon—but how long does ice cream really last in the freezer? Keep reading to learn more about the top clues, key suspects, and more that will ensure that your ice cream is safe to enjoy!

Clue In: What Factors Affect How Long Ice Cream Lasts In The Freezer?

There are a variety of factors that affect how long ice cream lasts in the freezer. They include:

  • The printed “Best Before” date
  • The quality of the ice cream’s ingredients
  • The quality of the ice cream’s preparation methods
  • How the ice cream is stored 
  • How often the ice cream has been thawed and refrozen

Knowing these key factors that affect how long ice cream lasts in the freezer is important to knowing how to help it last longer!

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Suspicious Smells: How To Tell If Ice Cream Has Gone Bad

Despite many clues that might give you a tip about how long your ice cream will last, sometimes the surest way to find out whether or not your ice cream has gone bad is to perform a personal examination yourself.

Like with all food, knowing when ice cream should no longer be eaten is vitally important to your health—you don’t want to eat ice cream that has been in the freezer for too long and then end up getting a stomach ache and not being able to finish your detective work for the day! 

Here are some of the obvious signs that ice cream has gone bad and is no longer good to eat:

  • The ice cream is starting to smell funky (and not because of intentionally creative flavor pairings)
  • The ice cream is starting to become discolored, build up ice crystals, or otherwise look abnormal

Further Questioning: What Can I Do To Make Ice Cream Last Longer In The Freezer?

Even though ice cream does (unfortunately) eventually need to be thrown away if not consumed in time, there are some things you can do to make sure it lasts long enough to treat yourself at the end of solving a particularly tricky case.\

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First Step to Keeping Ice Cream Fresh: Invest in High Quality Ice Cream

If you want your ice cream to last longer in your freezer, then the first thing you need to do is buy only high quality ice cream. Here at Cold Case Ice Cream, we can guarantee that this first step is completely taken care of for you. Each order of luxury hand-crafted ice cream that is delivered to your door is made with the best ingredients using the highest standards of creation. High quality ingredients will ensure that our ice cream will last longer in your freezer.

How to Make Ice Cream Last Longer in Your Freezer: Keep the Freezer Cold!

This second science-backed trick to keeping your ice cream good for longer might seem obvious, but it is also incredibly important! The colder your freezer is, the longer the ice cream will last in it. Many ice cream shops keep their ice cream in deep freeze environments (colder than a regular freezer) before transferring those ice cream containers to freezers with more normal temperatures as needed in the shop. 

In addition to keeping your freezer cold, it is important to keep your ice cream in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy it. How many times have you taken out a pint of ice cream, left it on the counter so it could get soft and scoopable, and then placed it back in the freezer after the edges have gotten soft and melty? While this isn’t necessarily bad and is often hard to avoid, any ice cream that has been allowed to melt should be consumed soon after rather than going back in the freezer for months.

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