Many people wonder: “How long is it okay to keep the ice-cream in the freezer?” In reality, the answer depends on the type of ice-cream and the amount of storage space in the freezer. It may be a few weeks for a tub of ice cream to last up to three months or even longer. However, this time frame is only true for ice cream that is not opened. An unopened tub of ice-cream can last up to a year. Once opened, the ice cream should be eaten within two to three weeks. A container of ice cream cake has a much shorter shelf life, and you should consume it within a week or two.
If the ice-cream is prepared without eggs, cream cheese, or butter, it can be kept in the freezer for up to a week. But if the ice cream has already melted and has been left out at room temperature, it should be consumed within a week or two. The ice-cream base will start going bad once it is exposed to cold temperatures, but it will still stay good as long as you consume it within a week or so.
Most types of ice-cream have a shelf life of about two months. If you purchase an unopened pint, you can keep it for three to six months, but it should be discarded if there are ice crystals around it or a thick layer of ice on its surface. If you’re an occasional ice-cream consumer, it may be a good idea to store the ice cream for longer. Keep the container air-tight to prevent spoilage and extend the shelf life.