Ice Cream Storage – July is National Ice Cream Month!

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July is National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate in Pittsburgh!

 

According to Foursquare and Yelp, these are the top 3 ice cream shops in Pittsburgh:

  1. Antney’s Ice Cream – Known for an overwhelming number of different flavors (Italian sweet cheese, key lime pie, sponge candy, red wine, honey cinnamon, baklava…just to name a few), Antney’s Ice Cream impresses everyone with their homemade ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurts.
  2. Page Dairy Mart – Known for its long history in Pittsburgh and incredible sundaes, Page Dairy Mart brings a sweet stop on East Carson Street.
  3. Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor – Known for its unique 1920’s interior and ice cream imported from the Penn State Creamery, Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor draws everyone in the Strip District.

 

If you prefer buying your ice cream from Giant Eagle or make your own, follow these tips to store ice cream properly and keep it in mint condition!

  1. Optimize the Temperature
    • Set the temperature of your freezer between -5 degrees and 0 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent freezer burn and soupy ice cream.
  2. Keep it TIGHT!
    • Store ice cream in a freezer-safe, airtight container to prevent air from leaking into the ice cream. We recommend Tupperware plastic containers. If you buy your ice cream from a store, try putting it in a large gallon plastic bag and tying it close.
  3. Cover Your Ice Cream.
    • Tightly enclose the top of your ice cream with a piece of plastic wrap. This prevents freezer burn and ice crystals.
  4. Store ice cream in the BACK of the freezer.
    • Keeping your container too close to the door will expose your ice cream to too much air. If ice cream repeatedly softens and re-freezes, it will eventually turn lumpy and irregular.