When you open a carton of ice cream, cover the top of the ice cream with a piece of plastic wrap. Just press the wrap so that it touches the ice cream all the way across. This has always worked for us (I know the crystals you are talking about).
After opening a carton, pail, or pint of ice cream, put it back in the freezer upside down. This will keep it from forming ice crystals. I'd read this somewhere, maybe on here, and it's true!! My ice cream tasted as good the 2nd time as it did right after I purchased it!!
Also, ice cream in our household never gets a chance to go stale!! We don't buy ice cream much in the winter months. Summertime, now that's a different story!
I HAVE MELTED DOWN THE ICE CREAM, THEN WHENEVER A RECIPE CALLS FOR MILK, LIKE IN CAKE OR COOKIES I USE THE MELTED ICE CREAM IN PLACE OF THE MILK, ALSO ADDS TO THE TASTE !!!!
Wow.......I have the totally OPPOSITE problem......I can't seem to forget that I have ice cream in the freezer......even wake up in the middle of the night swearing it's calling me from the freezer. Don't know WHY my hips are this huge. *grin*
Melf it, and use it as a sauce over fresh berries, or over a berry shortacke in stead of whipped cream.
put it in a blender with some milk and make a shake. You can add chocolate syrup or strawberry for a different flavor. If you don't have a blender you can use a fork to mix it up.
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