Debra Lynn Dadd

Freezer Pack to Keep Food Cold?

QUESTION:

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any non-toxic or less-toxic (both in terms of health and environmental impact) freezer pack--something one would pack with food to keep it cold on a car trip.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

POSTED BY R.M. :: VIRGINIA USA :: 10/02/2007 9:38 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Reusablebags.com has a product called "Cool Totes" (search for it on their site) which is an insulated lunch bag with a nontoxic freezer pack. I actually have one leftover from a television show I did on back-to-school products, and there is no odor that I can detect.

The outer shell appears to be nylon. The Thermo Tekô insulation is made from recycled plastic soda bottles.

A "nontoxic" reusable freezer pack included, which sits in a separate interior pocket. It "stays cold 3X as long as regular ice with no watery mess". I don't see that they sell this pack separately, but you could ask.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I'll second the recommendation on these ice packs. I bought two of their lunch bags and I couldn't believer how much better these ice packs performed. They were still frozen when the kids came home from school! Unfortunately, my oldest accidentally threw hers away, so we are down to one.

POSTED BY ANN :: MISSOURI USA :: 10/05/2007 11:38 AM


Assuming you have no problems with the conventional cooler, what i usually do is freeze new, sealed water bottles (in the appropriate non- or less-toxic "plastic" bottles) and once frozen solid, pack them with the beverages or other food items I'm transporting. Works particularly well because once the water melts, it can be consumed! (What's amazing is how much more water I drink when it's readily available and nice and cold! My body loves that!)

I have also used reusable "plastic," non-leaching bottles I purchased at our local health-food store. These are a bit more cumbersome, simply because the smallest bottles I can find are 1 liter, which can be quite daunting when frozen!

For a lunchbox, I have frozen a juice box and used it in the same manner.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Here in Florida it is quite common practice for people to carry around frozen water bottles to have ice cold water for a few hours until they melt. We use frozen water bottles as freezer packs too.

POSTED BY DEBORAH :: TEXAS USA :: 10/05/2007 11:51 AM


We use vodka for sanitizing hands, and hence have a few of the large (1.75 liter) sturdy plastic vodka bottles empty and ready for reuse. They have good solid screw-on caps. These can be filled 3/4ths with water and frozen. Since they are large and sturdy, you get a good hunk of ice, and a long time coverage of cold for your food-totes and coolers. Keep in mind that we usually keep them in a cooler, upright. You could test and see if they are watertight on their sides, though. Also, they tend to sweat from the temperature differential, somewhat, just like any of the other "icepacks".

Supermarkets, including WHole Foods, are now carrying silver cold packs, small and large, for a fairly small price, that promise to keep food cold for a few hours WITHOUT any icepack. They snap closed at the top. Surprisingly, they work very well for a short time of 2 or 3 hours without ice. And if you add some form of ice, you have it so much better/longer. They last long, too, as I bought replacements, thinking the originals would break down riding around in car trunk, but haven't needed them yet.

POSTED BY JULIEN :: NEW YORK USA :: 10/05/2007 11:55 AM


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