Remember that ice cream, unlike a lot of other dairy products, usually has a best before date and not a use by date or sell by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to satisfy your taste buds even after the best before date has lapsed.
How long does ice cream expire?
To eat, or not to eat? Once opened, ice cream stays fresh for about six weeks when stored at zero degrees Fahrenheit. Unopened ice cream will stay fresh for two to three months in a zero-degree Fahrenheit freezer.
What happens if you eat bad ice cream?
While that bucket of rocky road ice cream sits out on the counter melting, its creating a fantastic breeding ground for bacteria, like listeria, which can cause fever, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and cramping in healthy people.
Can icecream cause food poisoning?
When its allowed to melt, ice cream can quickly become an incubator for bacteria. Since the sugars in ice cream feed bacteria, its a serious set-up for food poisoning. Even after you refreeze your melted ice cream, it wont be safe from certain bacteria thats been allowed to grow.
How long does Ben and Jerrys last?
Ice cream shelf life for a tub that hasnt been opened can last up to two months for optimal taste when it is safely stored in the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Technically, you can still eat it safely for up to three to four months, but after that it is no longer safe.