Whether you want to have an ice cream cake or a perfect ball with every bit of your birthday cookie, a block of rock hard ice cream can mess all your party designs. Fortunately, softening ice does not have to be difficult, and there are many tips and tricks to turning your Neapolitan nightmare into a soft, agile or stretched ice chamber.
Credit: Jupiterimages / Comstock / Getty Images Softening ice cream can be easy.
Trust your refrigerator
If you have the time, you can soften your ice cream in the fridge to find a simple and effective solution. Depending on the size of the container and the strength of the ice, it should take about 10 to 30 minutes for the ice to soften sufficiently.
Mix in the softness
Your electromix can help you soften the ice and have all the same effect. Wipe small balls, if ice, about six pints, in your blender cup. Add the spoon and cook for about two minutes. Ice cream needs to be soft enough to be used in recipes, such as an ice cream cake, but still firm enough to maintain its shape. You can take it with a wooden spatula from the bowl and apply it directly to the cake.
If you have forgotten to soften it quickly enough and let your ice cream get away immediately, your microwave can make a softening softening in no time. When using the microwave to soften the ice cream, it is important to avoid heating for too long. As a general guideline, set the microwave to high and melt a pint for 10 to 15 seconds, a square for 15 to 25 seconds or half a gallon for 30 to 40 seconds. Another option is to use the defrost setting and heat it for 10 seconds, periodically checking the ice cream to see if it is soft enough. You do not have to remove the ice from the container in front of the microwave. Simply slide the cardboard box or cardboard into the microwave and turn it on.
If you are waiting in a room full of kids with plates in their hands for ice cream to match their hastily baked cake, you may need to take emergency measures to get the balls out as quickly as possible. You can soften the ice cream by filling a cup with very hot water and dipping a metal spoon or ice cream in the water before removing each serving of ice cream. This melts the ice to the point where the metal meets the cold dessert and slides it to the extent that it creates a nice, round ice ball.