Ice cream needs to be correctly stored to retain its flavour and texture, and for this purpose you need a container.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But not every container is suitable for the job and here is why…
Is it safe to use ice cream containers?
OK, so you can buy a plastic container in almost any colour and size but is it fit for purpose?
Well, when we are talking about food, we really do have to take care when it comes to packaging as not every
plastic is perfect for the job.
The first thing you need to know is whether the container is food grade or not. If the latter, it is definitely a no-no.
A plastic which it not food grade can contain toxic residues when it comes into contact with foodstuffs and that it something you definitely do not want to happen.
This is especially important when dealing with ice cream.
Because milk is one of the major ingredients of your iced treat, it needs to be kept in the best possible conditions, if not, it could be a health hazard.
It is also essential the ice cream container behaves well in extreme cold conditions.
You don’t want the plastic to shatter for example when it is chilled to the optimum temperature for ice cream, which is around –18°C (0°F). This is why you need to buy your ice cream containers from a reputable source.
For example, at Venturepak, our ice cream containers are food grade standard, so you can be assured that thy will never be harmful when exposed to a cold environment.
Which ice cream containers are unsafe?
Beware of ice cream containers which are not guaranteed as food safe and those which are made from recycled materials.
Recycling is basically restructuring and remodelling the plastic material to transform it into something else.
Some plastics can be recycled for water or food storage while others contain toxins not suitable for storage.
Other containers may be difficult to disinfect, may allow evaporation or they may begin to collapse over a long period of time.
The best and safest container for your ice cream will be one that is made of food safe plastic, and which will have a lid to ensure that it is airtight.
This is essential for ice cream which is being produced commercially as you need to be absolutely certain that customers are not placed at risk.
Once you have located food safe packaging for your ice cream, you should be able to rest assured that it is sae to use ice cream containers for your product.
The only decision you need to make after that is what size and shape to choose.
At Venturepak we have a fantastic range of food safe plastic ice cream containers suitable for all your storage needs.