You may have heard the term freezer burn in relation to ice cream, but perhaps you’re unsure exactly what it is and how it can affect your product.

One of the main questions that you might have is; can I eat freezer burned ice cream or will it make me ill?

Here, we give you the lowdown on the freezer burn phenomenon and how you can prevent it from happening.

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Opening an ice cream shop is something many of us dream of doing, but how do you make it a reality?

Do you have the drive and ambition to steer you on the path to success? And just as importantly, can you afford the ice cream shop supplies UK which you need for your business?

While ice cream selling is a pretty competitive arena, there is always room for another player, especially if you want to go down the artisanal, home-made route with great flavours and interesting combinations, or ones that cater for specific dietary needs such as vegan and dairy free.

After you have decided upon the product you will sell, and who your ideal customer will be, you then need to sort out all your paperwork and permits.

You’ll need to understand UK health and safety laws, get a business bank account, and register for tax.

You will of course have to acquire premises in the kind of location where there is plenty of footfall, such as a busy town or beach resort. Once all that is done it’s time to order in your ice cream shop supplies.

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It’s the freezing part of ice cream which makes it so exceptionally desirable.

But all that lovely cold sensation which sends your tastebuds wild isn’t easy.

There’s a delicate balance here between the ratio of ingredients and the way in which ice cream is created.

If done well, it will result in a rich, creamy mixture but done badly, it will be grainy and unpleasant.

The method of freezing will determine whether you can create batch after batch to the same flavour and consistency too.

That is why freezing is the most important element of ice cream making.

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Ice cream comes in so many varieties.

It may be filled with fruit or laced with liquor, made from unpasteurised cream or plant-based ingredients, but one thing that we need to make sure of is that it remains a container full of deliciousness for as long as possible.

But how long is “as long as possible”?

How long can ice cream last in the freezer without losing its taste or texture or worse still become harmful to those who consume it?

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We’ve all been there. You take your ice cream carton out of the fridge, and are presented with something more akin to the iceberg that sank the Titanic than the beautiful creamy confection we all know and love.

Perhaps in a domestic setting this isn’t such a catastrophe. After all, we usually store ice cream at home in small quantities. But imagine how much greater the frustration is when this happens in a restaurant or other food business?

So, rock-hard ice cream is bad news, and yet can be avoided if you follow a few guidelines on ice cream storage.

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If you’ve had a power failure, or a container of ice cream has been left out of the freezer and has melted, you may be wondering: ‘Can I refreeze ice cream that is partially thawed?’

We all know reheating food left out for a while can pose a health hazard, but what about colder items?

Can you melt and refreeze ice cream? Here, we explore what happens if you do.

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Many of us are becoming increasingly conscious of food waste, more so with the rise in the cost of living.

For that reason, we don’t want to throw produce away unnecessarily.

Recent figures reveal that the UK wastes approximately 9.52 million tonnes of food every year. Some supermarkets have scrapped use-by dates on certain foodstuffs, leaving it up to the consumer to work out whether what’s in the fridge has gone off.

The problem is, it sometimes isn’t easy to work out whether something is good or bad for you.

Take a product as popular as ice cream. Can you eat out of date ice cream?  Or can expired ice cream make you sick?

Well, here we explain why there are times when it’s OK to keep on eating out-of-date ice cream and others when you may need to junk your delicious, iced confection.

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Food poisoning happens when you eat something that has been contaminated by bacteria.

There are certain types of food poisoning that can be so dangerous they can actually be fatal. Fortunately, most types are not serious, and the chances are you’ll get better within a few days.

The symptoms of food poisoning usually occur within one or two days of eating food that has become contaminated.

They include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea, which may contain blood or mucus
  • Stomach cramps and pain in the abdomen
  • Depleted energy and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • A high temperature of 38C or above (fever)
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills

And even though they may last only a few hours, they are not something you want to experience if you can really help it.

You are probably aware that if you re-heat certain kinds of foodstuffs you may be putting yourself in danger of food poisoning, but what about frozen food?

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