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If members of your household don't consume ice cream regularly, you may end up with leftovers. Knowing how to store ice cream properly will help to extend its life in the freezer.

Shelf Life

Ice cream is meant to be kept in the freezer for only one to two months. Over time, its texture will change, and ice crystals will form on the surface of the ice cream. Ice cream also will take on the flavors of other items stored in the freezer.

Proper Storage

Store ice cream properly by making the packaging as air tight as possible. Cover the container with plastic wrap before you put the lid on. You can also store the entire container in a plastic bag.

Buy Less

To avoid storing ice cream past its prime, buy smaller containers. Buy only as much as members of your household will eat in the near future.