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Reviving Freezer-Burned Ice Cream

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© Michelle Shih

A few weeks ago, my house lost power for two days. My coffin freezer was pretty packed, so most things made it through okay, but the ice cream developed a granular texture. It was still good for milkshakes, but I wanted to eat regular ice cream. And I had about 10 pints of Ben & Jerry's and Häagen Dazs, so I didn't want to throw them all away (I'd bought them on sale; what can I say, I love a good deal). The Harold McGee in me thought, what if I melted the ice cream, then refroze it in an ice cream maker? Success! The zombie Cherry Garcia (pictured) was slightly denser than the original, but still delicious. Grace Parisi in the F&W test kitchen had another great suggestion: using melted ice cream in bread pudding instead of milk or heavy cream. Recipes after the jump:

Vanilla ice cream + Apple Bread Pudding
Chocolate ice cream +  Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Strawberry ice cream + Jam and Bread Pudding
Rum raisin ice cream + Raisin-Studded Apple Bread Pudding
Coffee ice cream + Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Espresso Whipped Cream 

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