Organic vanilla ice cream

Can I refreeze ice cream?

Vanilla is by far the most popular flavour of ice cream in Switzerland. We eat it even more often during the festive season. We explain whether you can refreeze melted ice cream and where organic vanilla comes from.

Nina Huber

Can I refreeze ice cream several times? 

Yes, you can refreeze ice cream if you don’t need all of it straight away. But it should still be in a semi-frozen state in order to prevent bacterial growth. The softer the ice cream is before freezing, the more it crystallises and the harder it becomes. Its creaminess diminishes each time it melts. It's therefore best to take ice cream out of the freezer five minutes before scooping it out, and then freeze the rest immediately. 

How to scoop nicely

An ice cream scoop creates beautifully shaped balls. Tip: warm up the scoop briefly before use. For example, rinse under hot water, dry and then dig it into the thawed ice cream.

Where vanilla comes from

Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices in the world and is also known as the “queen of spices”. Vanilla pods are extracted from the flower of the plant, an orchid that originally came from Mexico and is now also grown in Africa and South-East Asia. The still green fruits are harvested, blanched, sweated and dried. Migros uses extracts of high-quality Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar for its organic ice cream. This gives it a particularly intense flavour.

Well spotted

Vanilla ice cream is naturally a creamy white. If vanilla ice cream is yellow, a colouring plant extract or other colouring has probably been added. No colouring may be added to organic-bud products. The black dots come from the vanilla seeds and are a sign of quality.  

Original combinations 

It needn’t always be hot berries or pears. It’s more surprising to serve your guests ice cream with a few drops of pumpkin seed oil and roasted pumpkin seeds. Or a topping made from pearls of balsamic vinegar. Children probably prefer it with chocolate, which you can grate into wafer-thin slivers with the help of a vegetable peeler. Or you can crumble a few Christmas biscuits, such as Brunsli, and sprinkle them over the ice cream.