KEVIN M. OF CARLISLE, PA ASKS: In my opinion, your Limited Edition Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream is the best flavor you’ve ever made. I want to stock up before it goes away, so I was thinking about buying 10 or 12 cartons and storing in my deep freezer. How long will the ice cream last? If I practice enough restraint (open one container each month), I think I can make my supply last an entire year!
First of all, allow me to commend you on your restraint. I know if I had 10 containers of my favorite ice cream in my freezer, they wouldn’t last more than a month. I also agree that our Limited Edition Coconut Cream Pie is a great flavor. In fact, this year’s entire Limited Edition line-up is looking good, so you might need to make some more room in your freezer!
As for your question, the ice cream should be good for about a year. The “Sell By” date on the bottom of your container will give you the best indication of your stockpile’s lifespan, but most ice cream is good for 12 months after it’s packaged.
You’re also doing the right thing by storing it in a deep freezer. Most standard refrigerator freezers have automatic defrost cycles which can cause ice cream to melt slightly and re-freeze. That’s okay for a month or so, but if you’re storing it for six months to a year, those cycles will begin to take a toll. Most deep freezers don’t have an automatic defrost cycle (which is why they usually have a thick layer of ice inside), but that’s a good thing.
Good luck with your attempt to enjoy Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream all year long. Drop me a line in August to let me know if you still have a few containers left!