Keeping Food and Ice Separate

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Postby asianflava » Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:42 pm

SteveH wrote:The dry ice idea is a really good one, except where do you buy dry ice? Don't see it around here.



I've seen dry ice at HEB
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Postby 53clipper » Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:40 pm

BobR wrote:My favorite way to keep the water out my food is to seal the food in plastic using a vacuum food saver. I seal everything from meat to potatos. You can pre-prepare stews or leftovers, package them in a vacuum bag, freeze them and use them for additional cooling power in the ice chest. When you want to eat, just boil the bags....

You can get it at WalMart

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product. ... id=4228525


These must be extra fancy, as they are $69 at our Target , they sure are handy for storing all kinds of things. Anyone that uses an ice chest needs one of these. No, I don't have shares in the company !! If you can get the bags, an old Seal-a-meal will do almost the same thing.

Then the Vacuum bags for clothes, blankets, etc. are invaluable for storing things in a small space. I keep a tiny, 1 gallon shop vac in the camper, for cleaning, and sucking the air out of the vac bags. A lot easier to store extra bedding, sweaters, coats and such.
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Re: Keeping Food and Ice Separate

Postby paulp64131 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:22 am

Shiro wrote:Some of the stuff in the cooler gets waterlogged. Coleman says that the temperature stays colder if you don't drain the melt water.

Any tricks on keeping stuff dry? Ziplock bags come to mind, but I wonder if someone else has developed a better system.

Thanks


Hello TearDroppers!

I am new to the forum, and have not yet built mine (Researching and Convincing mode right now). I have been camping all my life though. Couple of solutions come to mind right off.


Cheapest:
Large Plastic Containers/Jars from Candy/Jerky- Usually can get them from Convenience stores or gas stations if you ask.

Somewhat Cheap an Personal Favorite
Dry Bags-Carried at Wally World (Camping Fishing area) Put food inside roll and lock top. No water gets in. Very Durable. Various sizes. Great on Canoe trips too.

online try http://www.nextag.com/dry-bag/search-html
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Postby sdtripper2 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:54 pm

Paul:

Thanks for your idea ~ and Welcome to the forum.
Look forward to hearing of your trailer decisions and more as time goes on.

As your first post discusses Walmart Dry Bags in the camping area:

Here is a link to Walmart Dry Bags on the web
with free shipping at their stores = http://tinyurl.com/4427jw

Glad you found us ~ :)

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Postby paulp64131 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:16 pm

sdtripper2 wrote:Paul:

Thanks for your idea ~ and Welcome to the forum.
Look forward to hearing of your trailer decisions and more as time goes on.

As your first post discusses Walmart Dry Bags in the camping area:

Here is a link to Walmart Dry Bags on the web
with free shipping at their stores = http://tinyurl.com/4427jw

Glad you found us ~ :)

Steve


Thanks Much Steve!!

I didn't realize this thread was so old :D Oh well. Glad to be here. I am just camp crazy right now. I really want to build a teardrop. Right now I have a small utility trailer that I use and pack it full of gear. It works great because I can take many good items with me. My wife didn't camp a whole lot growing up, but I grew up basically in the Rockies of Northern Colorado.

Got a Canoe/Raft Trip in Southern MO along the Big Piney River on June 13th and can't wait to get out of the City!!!

Cheers.

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Postby gatorbuc47 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:34 pm

madjack wrote:
arnereil wrote:We put a plastic storage (no cover) container in the cooler. It is almost as deep as the cooler is tall, and takes up about 1/3 the area. All dry stuff goes in there (cheese, lettuce, fruit). any ice, either in milk jugs or cubes is outside that space. Soda cans and non-soggy type stuff goes in with the cubes. So, the dry stuff stays dry..... has worked pretty well for the past several trips we took. Like it better than a rack....


...we do the same, works very well, also I almost always use 2 coolers, one for food stuffs, one for drinks and somethimes a 3rd just for spare ice.........
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i really needed these ideas i always have soggy stuff and it kills me when we spend good money on some of the stuff so you take a container sort of like bread container? or a small trash can what and where did you get yours? i am still learning got the 2 ice chest down lol now keeping food cold and dry lol. thanks....
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Postby devigata » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:02 pm

We have one of these from OutdoorWorld/Bass Pro in Orlando. It was about $150, but.. it has double doors and we decided that it was just what we needed.

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I use 1/2 gallon jugs of frozen water (think block ice) on the left side under the food, a lot of which is packed frozen in the food tray, which is very deep. Anything having to do with 'hydration' is kept in the right-hand side. That way, only one side is opened when a "soda can" is retrieved.

We also have a 5 gallon water cooler with a spout for plain water.

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Re: Keeping Food and Ice Separate

Postby Idragon » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:54 am

We freeze one pot meals like chili's, stews, soups etc and use them as block ice to supplement the regular ice and consume them last when they start to thaw.

Also a lot of coolers come with a tray on top. This is not for food but for your block / dry ice. Hot air rises and cold air sinks, putting your ice in the tray makes it easy to dispose of waste water while keeping the contents of your cooler dry and at safe temps. Not great if your constantly opening and closing though but great if your only going in to source meals.
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