How can you prevent freezer burn?

Welcome to Burning Questions, The Takeout’s video series in which we answer all your culinary quandaries and ponderings.

Ice cream lives in your freezer for those moments when you need it most. So it’s disproportionately frustrating to dig out a pint and find that a layer of ice crystals has formed on top, rendering large swaths of your ice cream waterlogged and less delicious than before. Why does freezer burn happen, and what’s the best way to stop it? We spoke to chefs and ice cream authorities to get the best intel on keeping frozen treats pristine. For the full investigation, head here.


I don’t understand. Why would you put a now empty ice cream carton in to your freezer? I vacuum pack meat in particular for long term freezing. I have never tried that with ice cream. It never lasts long enough! Has anyone ever tried to “re-churn” freezer burned ice cream? That is a worthy experiment.