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Do you get ice forming on food that is sealed in containers in the freezer?

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Yes I do and I find this odd when the container is sealed.
It also happens with ice cream -perhaps it is when the frost free freezer defrosts itself every night?

It is really annoying!
by Finy
Apparently, if you place your ice cream container upside down in the freezer, no ice will form on it.
by Vee
Yes, it's natural moisture separation that happens in the freezing process I think.
Yes - I always thought it was due to the water content in the food
by AJ
I only find this happens if the container/food is in the freezer for a long time,and by then I am ready to discard it anyway!!! It is really odd,and annoying though,especially with ice-cream,as I take forever to finish a whole tub!!!
Oh! jules, possibly if you buy a ONE Litre tub, eg Sara Lee, that won't happen? Lol!
by donjo
Funnily enough,I DO only buy the one litre tubs!!!! Sorbet is the only thing I can get through in a quick time!!! I am just not a huge ice cream eater!
by Jules
I only find this happens if the container/food is in the freezer for a long time,and by then I am ready to discard it anyway!!! It is really odd,and annoying though,especially with ice-cream,as I take forever to finish a whole tub!!!
Ice on food to me is a no-no.
I really hate it!
So I use ice-free bags, from the supermarket.

and containers.

Just have a read of some of them, and remember cheap may not do the trick! some say it stops the ''freezer-burn'' to food being frozen.
I use Tupperware and it happens after a while.
by Finy
Do you put into bags 1st...Finy?
by jonaja
no as t/ware is airtight
by Finy
Only thing I can think of is that the food was in the freezer a tad longer than it should(which has happened to me)...or the plastic bags were not the better ones.
Try another kind of plastic container, and different plastic bag, and also use 2 plastic bags.

by jonaja
Only if the food is left in the freezer for long periods
by Fran
Only if the food is left in the freezer for long periods
by Fran
Only if the food is left in the freezer for long periods
by Fran
Great question Finy.
This seems to be a wide spread problem that we're all affected by and quite frankly annoying.

I picked up this little trick from the guys on Masterchef (one of the virtues of working in the film industry other than the very long hours and seven day week schedules) !!!

Freezer burn is to do with air exposure. However, if you wrap the food in cling wrap, then afloil paper then in an airtight container, the amount of exposure does seem to diminish.

For the life of me, I can NOT grow basil successfully, so every week, my shopping list contains the purchase of basil. Literally a day after I buy basil it starts to wilt and I'm almost ready to throw it out (this is even more disappointing than freezer burn).

However, I tried the masterchef tip ... I wrapped the basil in a few layers of cling wrap followed by a few layers of afloil paper, then placed this in an airtight container. This certainly worked. There was no frost on the basil - however, the basil leaves still turned a very dark green almost black colour BUT there was no frosting !!

Annalisa -i rarely use foil anymore as i read that it leeches -this may have only been in cooking.....thanks for that info -i will try using glad wrap -probably also leeches!
by Finy
Ah, finy, word is spelled 'leAches'!
I sure wouldn't want any 'leeches' near/on my Ice Cream, or anything else, for that matter!
Hate the little buggers! They give me the 'heebie-jeebies'! Lol!
by donjo
Annalisa, why does one have to go to 'all that trouble' to prevent 'icicles'?
I couldn't be bothered. It's Chemistry-in-action, so I just let it do its' 'thing'. I ONLY buy one litre ice-cream tubs nowadays, which usually don't 'last' long enough to get them! If it does, it's only frozen water, so just eat it! lol!
by donjo
Occasionally. It usually happens if the food is still a bit warm when it goes into the freezer, causing condensation to form which then freezes as ice on the food.
No idea why it would happen on ice-cream though!
I do not freeze food in containers
yes!
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