Freezer-burnt ice cream safe to eat?

Freezer-burnt ice cream safe to eat?
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I don't eat a lot of ice cream. So I got a nasty surprise recently when I opened the freezer and the ice cream that had been in there for months and months had freezer burn.

It was so yucky I couldn't possible eat it. Good for my diet, bad for my sweet tooth.

"Ice cream gets freezer burn very easily,” says Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, who told me how to keep this from happening next time.

"Once it's opened, take a sheet of aluminum foil, put it over the rim and then put the lid on top to make sure that you don't waste any of that ice cream by getting freezer burn."

Freezer burn is nothing more than dehydration. Yes, over time ice evaporates. As the moisture leaves the food - whether its ice cream, meat, poultry or produce - the item dries out.

Freezer burn is not a health issue. The item is perfectly safe to eat. You just don't want to eat it.

The trick is to keep the air away from the food. Make sure it is sealed in an airtight package or container.

If just part of a food gets freezer burn, it's generally safe to remove that and eat the rest.