You develop a taste for a bowl of ice cream and the container of ice cream that you just reached for in the freezer is as hard as a rock. You hold the ice cream scoop under hot water and try again to scoop out the ice cream. That doesn’t do anything but melt a tiny top portion of the ice cream. Well, here is a super simple and easy way to keep that ice cream soft in the freezer so it is always ready when you want some.

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Grab a clean kitchen towel and moisten the entire towel with warm water. Wring the towel to remove excess water and to prevent dripping.

Wrap the towel around your closed container of ice cream.

Set the towel-wrapped container of ice cream on the kitchen counter. Let it sit for approximately 3 to 5 minutes to help soften the ice cream.

Unwrap the towel from the container of ice cream. Grab a dry kitchen towel and wipe the entire exterior of the container to remove any excess moisture.

When you’re finished serving the ice cream, place the container of ice cream inside a plastic or paper shopping bag from the grocery store and tie or fold the bag closed.

Store the container of ice cream on the door shelf of your freezer. This spot in the freezer is the most conducive to soft ice cream.


  • To make your ice cream an even softer consistency, simply set it out for about 10 minutes to soften. Scoop it all out into a large bowl. Add one to two cups of whipped cream (or even a whipped cream substitute). Stir it together. Put it back into the original container, and back onto the freezer door shelf (remembering to keep it wrapped in a plastic or paper bag).