Food-borne illness or food poisoning is the primary danger of eating outdated ice cream; But the date on the container is not the only information you need to decide whether ice cream is safe to eat. It also matters how long ago it was purchased, when it was opened and how safely it has been stored.
Bacterial contamination is the main danger posed by old ice cream. Foods spoiled by bacteria -- which may look, smell and taste just fine -- can make us sick. Bacteria thrive in protein-rich foods that are also full of water including eggs, poultry, meat, fish and milk products. Freezing ice cream and other frozen dairy products slows bacterial growth but doesn't kill the bacteria, which begin to grow again as food thaws. The risk of food-borne illness increases after ice cream has been opened and used. Discard any ice cream that thaws completely, due to the danger of bacterial growth.
Buying Ice Cream
Buy ice cream, ice milk, frozen yogurt and sherbet by the date stamped on the carton, which is the “sell by” date. Make sure that ice cream and other frozen desserts are frozen solid and that the container is not frosted or sticky, an indication that it has partially thawed at some point.. Ice cream that hasn’t been opened can be safely stored at home at -17 Celsius degrees for up to two months. If you plan to store ice cream for longer than a month, wrap the carton with plastic wrap or freezer paper to preserve the ice cream’s quality.
How to tell if an ice cream has gone bad
To tell if ice cream has gone bad, look closely at the ice cream. A common trait of bad ice cream is very tiny ice shards forming on top of the ice cream and under the lid of the container. At the beginning, this top layer can be removed so you can still indulge to the bottom of the carton. But after these ice crystals have taken root they will turn the entire carton to a gooey, icy texture that you will not want to mess with.
Best ice cream is the one made at home
Ice cream can be a delicious way to get healthy fat, calcium, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals (if using real raw cream, egg yolks, and pure maple syrup) into children that are sometimes not big milk drinkers. Making your own ice cream is relatively simple even if you don't have the time, or desire, to make your own ice cream, And stop worrying about the fat content; it's some of those dubious vegetable oils you should be concerned about. Next time, fore go the antifreeze, oil paint, leather cleaner, and lice killer for something that resembles food. Food is supposed to taste good, just keep it simple and healthy! Recipes are rather simple. All you need is milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, nuts or berries and cream. Enjoy and stay healthy./AgroWeb.org