Can I eat freezer-burned ice cream? [Problems Solved]

Did freezer burn affect your ice cream?

Yes, I have encountered this quite a little. So I did a lot of research and developed some exciting freezer burn prevention methods.

The question I get the most is, what if I eat freezer-burned ice cream?


You can, indeed. There are no health risks, even though freezer-burn ice cream will have changes in color, texture, and flavor.

Why are there ice crystals on ice cream?

As the ice in the freezer starts to evaporate over time and ice crystals begin to form on top of the ice cream, this is when freezer burn happens. When the ice cream’s liquid escapes, it interacts with the air and refreezes, resulting in undesirable crunchy ice crystals on top.

Additionally, freezer scorched ice cream develops a somewhat hard top that tastes bad. The upper portion in this instance can be disregarded and accepted.

What does freezer-burned ice cream look like?

Actual ice cream freezer burn happens when water evaporates from the ice cream’s surface due to temperature abuse, repeated freezing and thawing, and long-term storage. Typically, a product with this texture will be cold and unpleasant. The aroma is usually variable and musty or flavorful, commonly connected to freezer burn.

To put it simply, it resembles freezer-burned ice cream. 

  • Ice crystals can be seen on the ice cream surface 
  • Pale in color
  • Unexpected texture and unpleasant smell 

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Can I eat freezer-burned ice cream?

Ice cream that has been frozen burnt is perfectly fine to eat. Ice cream that has been frozen and burned only affects taste and texture; thus, there are no safety concerns with regard to the item.

Even though frozen cream doesn’t taste good, it is not dangerous. You won’t get sick from eating ice cream that has freezer burn. Freezer burn is a problem with quality, not with health. FSIS also agreed with this.

You may discard the top and consume the ice cream because it is frozen on top. The flavor of the ice cream may occasionally be slightly superior on the inside than the outside.

5 Tips on how to prevent ice cream from freezing burnt?

1. Avoid frequent thawing and freezing. 

Repeated opening of ice cream allows air to enter, which turns into solid ice upon exposure to cold weather. So it is better not to open the ice cream before freezing it. Some ice cream boxes have a wax coating on the top to prevent freezer burn.

2. Keep as cool as possible.

For residential freezers, the ideal temperature is 0°F (-18°C), but shop freezers should not exceed 10°F (-12°C). Ice cream will completely freeze at the proper temperature, and freezer burn won’t happen as frequently.

3. Hide it behind 

 If it’s vital to keep ice cream below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, tuck it down beneath other goods in the freezer to keep the cold air from getting to as much of it. It will reduce the chance of freezer burn.

4. Seal it airtight  

Keep everything as airtight as possible to keep your ice cream freezer from burning. Remove as much air as possible before storing the container in an airtight bag with a zip-top closure.

Before installing the lid, wrap the ice cream’s surface in plastic or parchment paper for added security. If you plan to keep it for quite a while, you can cover it and wrap it in a thick fabric.

5. Turn it upside down.

This tip may be exciting to you. You can do this if you need to refreeze your ice cream. Flip your ice cream container upside down for the melted ice cream to flow down. Ensure that the lid is tightly closed. Your ice cream won’t burn if you do this.


I hope you like this article and get all your important questions answered. Enjoy your favorite flavor of ice cream. And yes! Now go and check the temperature of your freezer.