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swd12422's Avatar swd12422 05:57 PM 06-07-2014
We just got an ice cream maker and will be stocking up b/c everyone likes different flavors and one of us needs diary free, etc.

I made my first batch last night and put it in a glass storage container, but the lid is cracked and it's not a good long term solution. I've noticed that most ice cream containers are plastic, but is that b/c glass makes the ice cream too hard? Or just b/c most people use plastic? I'm trying to stay away from disposable stuff and plastic as much as possible.... Recommendations?

Catholic Mama's Avatar Catholic Mama 06:13 AM 06-09-2014
Two reasons I thought of are that 1) maybe the ice cream makers and the grocery stores don't want to be responsible for that much glass in their store. That doesn't quite make sense because they sell extra virgin olive oil and some coconut oil, for example, in glass, but there is a lot more ice cream than oil sold in the store. 2) Maybe ice cream sold in plastic is cheaper to make than glass.

That being said, if you can find enough (big enough) glass containers that are affordable and freezer safe, go for it!
SweetSilver's Avatar SweetSilver 10:05 AM 06-09-2014
I was almost thinking of an old fashioned lard can, but I don't see them in anything smaller than 6.5 gallons. I use our pyrex bread pans, but the lids are plastic. You need to get a good seal on the ice cream or it gets ice forming on the surface. Plastic makes the best seal.

You could freeze the ice cream in the canister it was made in. Does homemade ice cream really last that long?
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 10:32 AM 06-09-2014
I don't store mine, only make it as we use it. If it put it in my freezer it freezes hard as a rock, whether it's a custard based recipe or simple. So I use a very simple recipe I can throw together in minutes and make a pint at a time: half and half or coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and sometimes cocoa powder whisked in or sliced strawberries, or a couple drops of mint oil and some choc chips. You can make vanilla and add mix ins when it's done for a variety all at once.

Glass cracks in the freezer if you seal it, liquids expand when they freeze. Metal or plastic would work if your recipe and your freezer don't make your ice cream rock solid, or closing after it freezes.
SweetSilver's Avatar SweetSilver 10:46 AM 06-09-2014
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Glass cracks in the freezer if you seal it, liquids expand when they freeze. Metal or plastic would work if your recipe and your freezer don't make your ice cream rock solid, or closing after it freezes.
Three reasons why ice cream will not expand like plain water. 1. while it's a liquid, much of the volume or traditional ice cream base is made up of sugars and fat, which will not expand 2. Mixing in an ice cream maker will add air, which prevents the mixer from expanding in a container and 3. the initial freezing in the mixer will also accommodate any expansion that will happen.

Even if you just mixed up a simple mix and froze that instead first placing it in a ice cream maker, it will not expand as much as plain water. Filling a container not-quite full and not sealing tightly until frozen will prevent any cracking.
swd12422's Avatar swd12422 01:19 PM 06-10-2014
First batch is frozen solid. In an Anchor Hocking glass storage container. One wrong slip of the metal gelato scoop and it would probably crack... So I answered my own question. I guess I need to find a sturdy stainless canister? Except that the shallow container is better for letting it sit out to soften up. I don't mind a plastic top, but I would prefer to avoid the whole container being plastic.
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 06:01 AM 06-11-2014
What about those tins that cookies come in sometimes?
SweetSilver's Avatar SweetSilver 07:27 AM 06-11-2014
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First batch is frozen solid. In an Anchor Hocking glass storage container. One wrong slip of the metal gelato scoop and it would probably crack...
Maybe the Anchor Hocking is thinner? But I've never had trouble like this with my pyrex bread pans.
swd12422's Avatar swd12422 02:24 PM 06-13-2014
It is thinner. No cracks yet, but it seems imminent.
Mylie's Avatar Mylie 02:27 PM 07-12-2014
I just use a small BPA Free plastic bowl with an airtight lock lid....I only make a pint at a time so it doesnt last that Long and I dont Heat it up so the bowl doesnt worry me...
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