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When there is a need to store food, drinks, or any perishable product without the aid of a refrigerator, nothing works better than ice blocks. It is the saving grace you have when you need to travel or be out there in the wild, enjoying a camping or fishing adventure. Ice blocks have been around for a long while now and have been consistently used for preserving food, cooling drinks, and generally keeping food and perishables fresh.
The reason ice blocks are the most preferred means of preserving food is that they keep your food fresh without losing taste. You can't say that for dried or salted food. For people who have to be out in nature for a long time, having that same taste from a meal prepared hours ago or even days ago makes a huge difference.
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The best way to get your ice blocks to last longer is to pre-chill both your food and the cooler. When you pre-chill your food and cooler, you give a good head start for the inner temperature of your ice to be maintained for much longer. Remember that each warm component of your cooler emits some heat, so preventing that will make your ice last longer.
Avoid frequent opening of your cooler, as this lets in warm air, which melts the ice faster. Ensure that any drain in the cooler is closed tight, and use linen cloth to close off spaces within your food storage that allows warm air to circulate. Also, wrapping your cooler with a reflector, such as aluminum foil, prevents heat from entering.
The best way to prevent your food from being swamped in water after the ice has melted is to avoid direct contact with the ice blocks. Use a fitting food storage container or wire rack inside your cooler. Put your ice blocks in the lower part of the cooler and put your food container on the rack before putting it inside the cooler. This makes sure your food will be kept dry.
If you have a large quantity of food to store and want to sandwich the ice between layers of food, use a sealable storage bag to put ice in between and use wire racks to separate food from the ice block.
There are several different types of coolers that you can use to preserve your ice and food. The type you get depends on how much you are willing to spend and the volume you require for your needs. However, the general idea is to read reviews on how much longer the coolers can preserve ice and food and see if it fits your budget. Coolers that have thick Styrofoam liners keep ice cold for longer periods than ones that do not. Also, keeping your cooler in the shade while outside will help preserve your ice and food for longer periods.
Reusable gel packs are mainly made from water mixed with gels designed to have a lower freezing temperature than water. This means that they take longer to melt than regular ice. One disadvantage of using reusable gel packs is that they could burst when under pressure. If there is accidental ingestion of the gel contents, it may cause mild irritation. If ingested in large quantities, it could become toxic. Ice blocks, however, are made from water and have no potential side effects.
Ice blocks can be used for making ice sculptures that are displayed at parties or events. They can also serve as ice art that is admired for its aesthetic value. Ice blocks are also used for physical therapy by athletes who need to recover from injuries.