Methods for Transporting Frozen Treats Without Melting

2023-01-12 02:09:23 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

It can be difficult to transport ice cream without it melting, whether you're an ice cream shop, a food delivery driver, or just bringing some home-made ice cream over to a friend's house.

No one wants liquid ice cream, and if the ice cream melts and refreezes, it will be icy and not have the smooth consistency you want when eating it, so keeping it frozen is essential when delivering it.

But how can you send ice cream to someone far away and ensure that it stays frozen until it reaches its destination? When properly prepared, delivering ice cream to a recipient's doorstep is a breeze.

1. Cover with aluminum foil.

Crinkled Aluminum Foil Laid Out Flat

Wrapping the ice cream in aluminum foil is the first step. While a roll of aluminum foil will work, something like a space blanket will be more practical due to its size and durability (thanks to its plastic coating) if you plan on making a lot of deliveries. This high-quality space blanket from Amazon is reasonably priced and should do the trick.

The ice cream will stay colder for a longer period of time thanks to the aluminum's insulating properties and its ability to prevent the surrounding cool air from escaping.

Watch as a Door Dash deliveryman uses aluminum foil and a cooler to keep ice cream cold during the delivery process below!

Bubble wrap isn't the only option for keeping ice cream frozen, though; reflective aluminum foil, such as Reflectix, can do the trick just as well.

Wrapping the ice cream in aluminum foil is a good idea regardless of whether the ice cream will be stored in a cooler or another container.

Second, Refrigerate It

Photo of White Yeti Cooler In Trunk of Car

One of the best ways to prevent ice cream from melting during delivery is to store it in a cooler. You need to keep the ice cream cool, but you don't want it to melt in the warmer air outside, so an insulated cooler is a great investment.

You can use either a hard or a soft cooler.

For the most part, hard coolers are the most insulating, especially if you invest in a high-quality model that keeps ice for an extended period of time. With proper packing, my Yeti 45 can keep ice for five to seven days, which is more than enough time to keep ice cream from melting for twenty-four to forty-eight hours without any added salt.

A hard cooler would be cumbersome to lug from your car to your recipient's front door, but a soft cooler would be ideal in this situation because of its portability. The best soft coolers for ice retention are the ones that can keep ice cream frozen for the longest.

Cheap coolers don't provide much insulation, so your ice cream will melt quickly on hot days. Save some money and get a cooler with better insulation.

Third, don't put it near any warm food.

Photo of Hot Pizza with Melted Cheese

Even in the same order, you may occasionally be asked to deliver something steaming hot and something cold. It's possible that shops will include it in the same shipping bag.

You must separate the cold food from the hot food if you want the ice cream to be frozen when you deliver it.

Otherwise, the ice cream will quickly melt from the heat of the warm food (and the hot food will be cooled by the ice cream).

It's important to keep hot and cold foods in different coolers and out of each other's way.

Never put hot food in a cooler with ice cream, or vice versa.

Be Sure Your Car Is Cool

Photo of Man in Car Raining Outside With Yeti Bottle with Hotshot Cap

The length of time that the ice cream stays frozen in the car is directly proportional to the interior temperature.

When the temperature outside is high, your car can feel like an oven, and the ice cream will melt in no time. So as to prevent the ice cream from melting, turn on the air conditioning and keep the car as cool as possible.

Put It In The Coolest Part Of Your Vehicle. 5.

If you want to keep your ice cream as cold as possible on a hot summer day, bringing the cooler to the front of the car where the air conditioning is can be a good idea.

The trunk of your car can quickly become dangerously hot on sunny days, even if you have the air conditioning on.

Inversely, you need to turn on your car's heater less frequently on colder days. In this case, the best course of action is to store the ice cream in the cool trunk, where it will stay frozen for a longer period of time.

6. Season the ice around the ice cream with salt.

Photo of Pouring Salt into Buck of Ice

When salt is added to ice, the melting point drops and the ice gets much colder. By combining salt with ice in a cooler, you can maintain a significantly lower temperature in the container than with regular ice alone.

A detailed explanation of why adding salt to ice makes it colder can be found here, but for now, just trust me that it does. In order to get the ice cream to freeze while being churned, it is common practice to add salt to the ice.

Halfway fill your cooler with loose ice, and then sprinkle a lot of salt over it. It doesn't matter if you use rock salt or table salt.

Once the ice begins to melt, the temperature will drop and remain below freezing until all of the ice has melted.

In a good cooler, salted ice can maintain its temperature between 19 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 and -2 degrees Celsius), which is long enough to prevent ice cream from melting for 24 to 48 hours.

Make sure your ice cream is stored in a watertight container, or else it will melt and become extremely salty (ew). )

For long-distance ice cream deliveries, use dry ice to maintain a consistent, low temperature.

Photo of Gloved Hand Picking Up Dry Ice Pellets

For long-distance deliveries, dry ice is a great way to keep ice cream from melting.

The temperature of dry ice, or frozen carbon dioxide, is -109 degrees Fahrenheit. 2ºF (-78 The temperature (5oC) is plenty chilly to keep ice cream frozen for quite some time.

Due to the fact that dry ice "sublimates," or turns directly from a solid into a gas, it is not necessary to worry about a liquid mess ruining your ice cream or paper ice cream container, and it can last for anywhere from one to three days when shipped.

Make sure your car has plenty of ventilation and open windows before attempting a dry ice ice cream delivery to avoid suffocation and possible death from the carbon dioxide the dry ice emits. But if your car has adequate ventilation, you won't have to worry about that happening.

Dry ice will make your ice cream SUPER HARD, so keep that in mind if you're planning on using it for ice cream delivery. Due to the extremely low temperatures, it will solidify into a rock.

You can prevent this from happening by keeping the dry ice in the cooler, but keeping it at least an inch away from any ice cream you plan on keeping there. Allow the dry ice's natural cooling properties to do their job and keep the ice cream solid.

If the ice cream gets too hard, tell people to put it in the freezer for a while so it can soften back up. If you try to thaw frozen ice cream at room temperature, you will only succeed in melting the exterior.

Eight, keep your food warm with a vacuum jar.

Photo of person scooping ice cream into a Hydro Flask food container

A vacuum insulated container, such as a Yeti, Hydro Flask, or Thermos, is the best way to keep ice cream frozen during delivery. Icy treats will remain frozen for hours when stored in a thermos.

Scoop the ice cream into a tumbler cup or an insulated food container, then place it in a cooler, as suggested above, to transport it to your friends. This is an excellent method for preventing the ice cream from melting, as it can keep it frozen for days.

Smaller tubs of ice cream, such as those sold at Baskin-Robbins, can be kept frozen in Yeti's 30 oz. tumblers. Smaller ice cream buckets might be delivered in perfect condition with this method.

In place of the pricey Yeti, a 30 oz. mug from Ozark Trail will do the trick for much less money. Check out for the most up-to-date pricing on Ozark Trail 30 oz mugs.

If you're making ice cream in large quantities, like in buckets, a thermal cooker is a great way to keep it from melting during transport. Thermal cookers are essentially large containers that are vacuum insulated.

Besides keeping ice cream cold, they are used to keep food hot. Watch a video of someone who made homemade ice cream in a thermal cooker and took it camping so they could eat it frozen.

Get the ice cream out of the freezer as late as you can.

Ice Cream In Freezer

There will be less of a chance for the ice cream to melt if it is removed from the freezer as quickly as possible. When planning your delivery, wait until the last possible moment to remove the ice cream from the freezer.

Don't bring it out and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes while other things are being prepared at room temperature. Just keep it in the freezer until the last minute before your delivery run, then grab it.

The difference between delivering nice frozen ice cream to someone's door and delivering sloppy mushy ice cream can sometimes be as simple as when you take the ice cream out of the freezer. Be cautious, then, about this

Make sure the store employees wait until the very last second to grab the ice cream if you're picking it up. Ask if the ice cream has been sitting out for a while, and if you must, request a new serving straight from the freezer.

10. Have It There Instantaneously

Photo of uber eats delivery bike rider with green backpack

When possible, ice cream should be delivered as quickly as possible so that it can either be consumed immediately or stored in a freezer to maintain its frosty state until it is needed.

You should be able to keep ice cream frozen for longer periods of time when delivering it using the above advice, but the shorter the time the ice cream spends away from the freezer, the better.

Don't delay in getting the ice cream to your customers once it's ready. Prioritize that customer's order over the orders of those who already have ice cream in their freezers.

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