You can, indeed, microwave ice cream to thaw it rather quickly. Although, if you choose to microwave your ice cream, even for a few seconds, it could ruin the texture of your dessert. However, there are a few different ways to scoop ice cream without thawing it first. Let’s look at all the possible ways to thaw or scoop ice cream.
Thawing Ice Cream in the Microwave:
If you choose to thaw your ice cream in the microwave, here are the steps:
- Remove the lid from the tub of ice cream.
- Place the tub of ice cream in the microwave.
- Set the microwave for 5-15 seconds, then press start.
- Once the timer goes off, check if the ice cream is soft enough to scoop.
- If the ice cream is soft, enjoy! Maybe add some warmed Nutella! If the ice cream is still too hard to scoop, microwave it at 5-second intervals until it is to the desired softness.
Other Ways to Thaw or Scoop Ice Cream:
There are other great ways to scoop ice cream without having to use the microwave. For instance, you can dip a spoon or ice cream scoop into a cup of hot water and then scoop out your ice cream with ease. You will have to re-dip the spoon after every scoop of ice cream, though.
You could also use a knife to cut out portions of ice cream instead of using an ice cream scoop. This way is super simple; you could cut through the container (if it is made of cardboard) or dump the ice cream out on a dish and cut off however much you want and put the rest back into the container for a later date.
Another way to scoop ice cream without microwaving is to soften it in the refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes. This way does take a lot longer than the other methods, but it keeps your ice cream cold and does not add extra water to your ice cream like if you dip a spoon in water then into the ice cream.
Yes, microwaving ice cream is super-fast and straightforward, but is it worth potentially ruining the texture of your dessert? The decision is yours.