Originally Posted by Pa_BBQ
We have a trip coming up next week where I will need to keep meat cool for a week.
This thread got me thinking, what if you took a couple cases of water bottles and froze them to use, I know I would still need some ice to fill in the gaps but think this would greatly reduce the amount of ice needed and water.
A one week trip is a lot easier. Yes, freezing water bottles could work, if they don't explode. But we don't buy those disposable bottles. Why throw all that plastic in the landfill? We freeze water in empty plastic one-gallon milk bottles and use those when we start out the trip for the first couple days. Then we can use that water. But of course, then we also have to buy ice, and here we go again.
I'm currently thinking a sealable tupperware box to hold the ice and water, inside the cooler.
I know a deep short cooler would be thermally inefficient. But I can just buy more ice to compensate.
Precooling the cooler is a GREAT idea! Thanks for that!