An ice cream cone.
Ice cream normally needs to stay below a certain temperature or it will melt. This can make the ice cream difficult to transport, as once melted and refrozen, it tends to become harder and less flavorful. The two main tips to keep in mind when shipping ice cream are to make sure the product stays cool during shipping and to get it out quickly. Fast shipping speed can help ensure that ice cream doesn’t melt before it reaches its destination, regardless of the method used to keep it fresh. Guaranteed overnight services are usually the best choice when it’s important that an item arrives on time, as is the case with perishables like ice cream.
Creamy ice cream.
There are a number of different concerns that can arise when shipping perishable goods, although frozen goods like ice cream create even more potential problems. The first tip to keep in mind when shipping ice cream is that the product must remain cold at all times. Pure water has a freezing temperature of 0 °C (32 °F) at sea level, but the water in ice cream is typically in a sugar solution with a much lower freezing point. When the ice cream starts to melt, the physical structure of the ice crystals and the fat molecules in the cream can change, resulting in a different texture after the product is refrozen. A completely melted ice cream container can also make a mess if proper precautions are not taken.
To keep ice cream frozen during transport, it is necessary to use the right type of transport packaging. A polystyrene container tends to impede heat transfer, especially if it is tape-sealed and tightly sealed. In addition to the right type of container, you may also need to add something to keep the inside cool. Dry ice is a good choice for this job as it will deteriorate into carbon dioxide rather than water when it melts. It’s important not to touch dry ice with bare skin, and when it melts in a confined space it can displace all of the breathable oxygen; therefore, whoever is on the receiving end must be informed of this.
Once the right type of container is set up, the next factor to consider when shipping ice cream is transit time. Even the best polystyrene container and a substantial amount of dry ice will not keep ice cream cold for several days in a row. Depending on the quality of the container’s insulation and the amount of dry ice it contains, it may melt within a day of packaging. This means fast shipping that takes two or three days is sometimes enough, although overnight is the best method to ship ice cream. It may also be best to avoid shipping frozen products during the summer months, when they may have to be stored in warm warehouses during transit; the use of refrigerated vehicles and storage facilities can help with this.