Fortunately, experts have several tips for avoiding freezer burn altogether. According to famous Vermont ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, it’s essential to keep ice cream as cold as possible – ideally below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Chowhound, meanwhile, recommends pressing a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper over the surface of the ice cream before putting its lid back on, reducing the risk of oxygen exposure.
Per Real Simple, it can also be helpful to store ice cream in the back of your freezer, where the temperatures are usually the lowest. Additionally, storing quarts upside down can prevent the spread of freezer burn. According to the post, this method sinks all of the melty areas into the lid, which means that once refrozen, those sections prone to freezer burn will remain relatively separate from the rest of the pint.
Although there are many ways to avoid freezer burn, its effects are not reversible. That being said, there are still ways to salvage a damaged pint. As Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, explained to The Takeout, “If you dig deep below the texture changes, you can find a core that looks unchanged.”
“Look at it carefully,” added Britton Bauer. “A lot of times if it looks perfect, it will taste good. That’s not always the case, but it often is.”