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Re: Coolers! Soggy Food! Solved?

Postby warnmar10 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:55 pm

S. Heisley wrote:
Kelly'sTear wrote:I buy bottled water in the gallon or half gallon if I can find it and freeze it. That way it keeps the food cold and when ice melts it just provides more drinking water and it's cold!

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Unless you like to tempt fate, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER! It has been found that water frozen in plastic has even more carcinogens than hot water above 109 degrees F in plastic. But, it's your choice....


...Enough said.
I like having choices. I don't like poisoning myself or my loved ones.
FWIW, another point of view on reusing and freezing water bottles: https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4060
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Re: Coolers! Soggy Food! Solved?

Postby Socal Tom » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:23 pm

S. Heisley wrote:
Kelly'sTear wrote:I buy bottled water in the gallon or half gallon if I can find it and freeze it. That way it keeps the food cold and when ice melts it just provides more drinking water and it's cold!

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Unless you like to tempt fate, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER! It has been found that water frozen in plastic has even more carcinogens than hot water above 109 degrees F in plastic. But, it's your choice....


...Enough said.

There are multiple reputable sources that indicate those claims are false. If you freeze in a plastic container designed to store liquids for consumption you should be safe. I wouldn't store drinking water in my Pennzoil
bottle and expect a good result.
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Re: Coolers! Soggy Food! Solved?

Postby swoody126 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:07 am

prayingcowboy wrote:We use a small vinyl fold up camping bucket that holds one bag of ice. We stick in one corner of our engal high efficiency cooler. No more soggy food. As a side note yes the rotoformed coolers are expensive but we go at least every other weekend in the summer and at least 2 stretches if 8 days. We have never had the ice completely melt or anything spoil especially milk. What we have saved in ice over the last two summers has mare then paid for the cooler. Yes we were just out for 4 days last weekend in 94+ temperatures my son used 10 bags if ices I used 1 and some left over to put back in the freezer. My point is if go slot in the summer splurge and upgrade.it is worth it.

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one trick for keeping ice longer(actually written in the YETI instructions) is to PRE-COOL them before use

as suggested above the YETI will do a better job(not that there aren't clones out there that will also work well)

i have experienced 2 specific instances when my YETI performed quite admirably

1- shaded in a boat on the Texas gulf coast in June when i still had ice after 4 days

1- in the unshaded back of my pick up out across west Texas & eastern New Mexico when i still had ice after 5 days

in both cases opening was kept to a minimum and by keeping another cooler designated for liquid refreshments where "RODEO COOL" was acceptable/actually desired...

as for keeping the food out of the water, i employ many of the above listed plastic containers (not plastic/zip-loc bags) including the semi disposable zip-loc containers w/ the blue lids

for short trips i do employ zip-loc bags for the ice, knot the food

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Re: Coolers! Soggy Food! Solved?

Postby Socal Tom » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:07 pm

My solution to soggy food was a 12v fridge. The edgestar brand isn't a ton more expensive than the yeti coolers. No more ice to buy, no special containers. Food can go back in the home fridge. A 35 litre fridge holds about the same amount of food as a 50 to 70 liter cooler ( less ice).
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