Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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For several years, we've used Igloo brand coolers for beverages whenever we do extended trips. This (obviously) leaves more room in the fridge for food. As was mentioned, block ice lasts much longer than cubes - but leaves everything floating in the bottom of the cooler, and the frozen plastic bottles - being cylindrical, are space-hogs.
One trick we used is to find some palatable boxed wine - the larger size that holds the equivilent of (5) .75 liter bottles of wine. Once empty - remove the mylar coated plastic bags from two boxes, and discard the boxes. Pop off the rubber stopper/spouts and fill with tap water after rinsing - but don't overfill to a balloon shape. Keep the "pillow" relatively flat.
Then lay the bags flat on the bottom of your home's freezer. The next morning, you will find that 2 ice bags will cover the bottom of a 70 qt. Igloo cooler very nicely, without taking up much space. The Mylar coating helps insulate the ice, staying solid for up to 4 days (depending upon outside temps) and the bags retains all the water, leaving the cooler dry.
The biggest problem with this idea, is finding boxed wine worth drinking.
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