When the heat is on, you want nothing more than a giant bowl of ice cream. Sometimes, however, ice cream is difficult to scoop as it comes out still frozen solid. Make sure you implement the five hacks listed below to make scooping your ice cream a breeze when you are craving it most this summer.
1. Put Your Ice Cream in a Freezer Bag
Putting your ice cream in a freezer bag can make it significantly easier to scoop. Make sure it is sealed air tight, however, to make sure air does not contact the ice cream. The prevention of air reaching the ice cream will keep it softer. Do not worry, however, as it will not cause it to melt or not freeze at all. It will simply be easier to scoop when you are ready to dive in.
2. Run Your Scoop through Hot Water
Running your ice cream scoop through hot water can really assist you in ensuring your ice cream is easier to scoop. The heat of the scoop, especially if it is metal, will naturally move to the ice cream to create a natural softening process. You will be able to make removing your ice cream much easier so you can enjoy it much faster.
3. Cut the Ice Cream Correctly to Share
This method only works if you are going to share the whole carton of ice cream with others or if you are just having one of those nights. First. cut the entire block of ice cream down the middle utilizing a knife. From there, cut out semicircles in each half. Each semicircle will become a scoop that will be easier to remove to share among friends or family members in most cases.
4. Make a Checkerboard
Making a checkerboard is another cutting method that will make ice cream significantly easier to scoop out of the carton. First, run your knife in hot water to naturally soften the ice cream when it meets the surface. Cut the entire carton into a checkerboard pattern that is at least one inch deep. When you are ready to scoop, simply scoop from each checkerboard. It should already be softened from the heat of the knife and loosened by the pattern that was cut.
5. Use the Correct Scooping Method
It is best to scoop out your ice cream in the shape of a S. This will prove to be much easier than simply scraping at the ice cream, hoping for some to come out from the center. Ice cream will naturally soften and melt starting on the outside and working its way to the inside. Cutting an S into the ice cream will help the scoop to work with the natural softening and melting pattern.
When scooping ice cream this summer, do not go through the hassle of scraping at a frozen brick. Follow the tips and tricks listed above to get your ice cream quicker and more efficiently.
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