Why can’t you refreeze ice cream?

Ice cream in cone with sprinkles

Haven’t we all done it at one time or another? We’ve taken an ice cream tub out of the freezer and forgotten to put it back. The result is a runny, gloopy mess.

So, what do you do?  Do you refreeze the ice cream? or Throw it away?

Umm. It’s a tricky one because on the one hand you may think, why not refreeze the ice-cream? It seems such a shame to throw it away when just a few hours before it has been a delicious airy, creamy delight.

Surely, if you pop it back, it will be just the same as it was before you left it out.

The bad news is the answer is… You should definitely bin it.

Ice cream isn’t the cheapest thing you’ll ever buy and if you are a restaurant or commercial operation, you may be tempted along the route of refreezing ice cream but this is not a good move.

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