Newsletter- July- Cooler Correctness
Just in time to help you celebrate a COOL July 4th, Independence Day, suggestions
HOW TO ORGANIZE A COOLER
Loading a cooler correctly can help save on ice, keep perishables cool for longer and avoid soggy sandwiches.
Start by Matching the Container to the Outing
If your excursion includes a lot of walking opt for a soft-sided bag or cooler backpacks. One of the advantages is that you can squeeze the air out of these items. Choose a item that has about two inches of insulation, making them better for longer tri ps .
How to Maximize the Chill
Between ice and gel packs, aim for a 2 to 1 ratio. Start freezing gel packs at least two days ahead of time. Chill large water bottles which can double as refreshing drinks later. If you can, chill your cooler in a large fridge or freezer or at least bring it inside for a day or two before loading with goodies in order to prevent putting cold items in a hot container.
Ways to Pack Strategically
Put large ice blocks on the bottom, they will melt slowly and generate cold longer. Then add your proteins and dairy. If going on a longer trip, you may want to pack the protein frozen, if appropriate, they will act as added blocks of ice and cooked after thawed. Next add more ice or gel packs. Then drinks and items such as mayonnaise/mustard, guacamole. Your final layer of gel packs or ice is followed by a top layer of soft items such as sandwiches.
Find a spot in the Shade, if only for the cooler
Keep the cooler as chilly as possible while enroute. Instead of keeping the cooler in the car, even it at the beach, bring it outside and cover with a light colored towel. This will help the temperature from climbing. An emergency blanket with the reflective side facing out makes a handy shield too.
Keep tightly shut to Slow Down Ice Melt
The worst thing you can do is open the cooler frequently and change the air temperature inside. If your on a day trip, refrain from pouring out melted ice, that water acts like an insulator that helps keep the remaining ice chilled. If you are running low on ice fill the gaps with bubble wrap to help eliminate air pockets in your levels.
If only Packing Drinks
Fill your cooler with ice and then add one half cup of salt. Salt water has a lower freezing point and the cold water will touch the beverages at every point.
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Have FUN and BE SAFE this July 4th remembering that We live in a land of Independence because of the BRAVE!