Storing Ice Cream

November 7, 2005

Getting a scoop of chocolate ice cream from the container.The International Ice Cream Association offers these suggestions on the proper handling and storage of ice cream and frozen desserts to help consumers enjoy America's favorite treat to the fullest.


Ice cream is a perishable product and should be treated carefully. When frozen desserts are exposed to temperatures above 10°F, they become subject to adverse changes in body, texture and flavor characteristics. Although individual manufacturers' recipes yield ice cream of varying consistency and flavor, all ice cream will be negatively affected if improperly handled or stored.

Here are some tips on how to keep ice cream in its most delectable form.

In the Store:

At Home:

By following these simple suggestions, you can help ensure that your ice cream and other frozen dessert treats will stay the way they left the manufacturer - attractive and delicious!

By The International Dairy Foods Association



Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

September 15, 2009

How long can you keep ice cream in the freezer?

By larry Gruver from Nevada City, CA


September 15, 20090 found this helpful

About a month in a deep freeze, two weeks in a fridge freezer. It's not as crystals will form after that time. If I have ice cream left I will put it in a smaller container so there is not the air inside the box that helps to form the crystals.


If it is homemade ice cream, then a few days is all you have to keep it, so use it up quickly.


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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

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