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Home-made Ice
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About 2 years ago, I was asking why the ice in my maxi-cool cooler wasn't even lasting a day, let alone the 4 or 5 days touted in the advertisements for the cooler! On the Way suggested that I make my own ice, because the stuff you buy in bags is hollow, which makes it melt more quickly.

The past 3 camping trips, I have been using regular ice cubes made in my freezer, and solid chunks of ice made by freezing milk cartons. And, what do you know, the ice lasted through 3 days of camping. Just thought I'd let everyone know. So many times when primitive camping, there is nowhere close to buy more ice when you need it.

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#2
Are you just tossing the whole milk carton in there and then reusing it once it thaws or actually cutting away the carton after the water freezes?
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#3
Carol (OTW)sure knows the camping tricks. Great idea about the freezing the water in milk cartons.
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#4
I just threw the whole thing in the cooler. As I understand it, a lot of people DO cut the carton away.

Yes, OTW sure did have a lot of good camping tips! Honestly, I never gave a thought to the shape of the bagged ice being why it didn't last long!

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#5
I also heard, instead of making ice cubes with the normal trys you find in your freezer, use cupcake pans. The bigger your cubes the slower they melt. The milk cartons work great.
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Originally posted by Glistening

I also heard, instead of making ice cubes with the normal trys you find in your freezer, use cupcake pans. The bigger your cubes the slower they melt. The milk cartons work great.



So do frozen water bottles. I take about four bottles along in my cooler mainly for when I'm out on the trail, but it does make the store-bought ice last much longer. I should add that I have my own water bottles that I fill with water from home.

The store-bought ice might melt faster, but I like the convenience of just opening the bag and dumping it in the cooler. It takes time to make enough ice to fill a cooler. Anyway, it does for me. But the homemade ice does work better, I'll agree.
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#7
Interesting idea about using cupcake pans; I agree the size would make them last longer, but I'm wondering if it would be hard to get them out of the metal pans. It is worth a try, though.

RH, I stopped freezing water bottles when I heard that this causes cancer-causing elements to leach out of the plastic bottles and into the ice. Does anyone know if this is true, or just another urban legend??

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#8
Never heard that before, EZ, but if it's true, seems to me the same would be true of other items frozen in plastic in your freezer... which includes most of what's in mine. And wouldn't that include those plastic ice cube trays used to make homemade ice?

Honestly, I've been freezing the very same water bottles over and over again for years with no health problems whatsoever. No offense, but I think getting cancer from freezing water bottles is false. JMHO

Anyone else want to comment? It would be interesting to hear other folk's thought on this. Maybe we would all learn something. After all, I could be wrong and totally off base. Wouldn't be the first time.

Just thought I'd add that my store-bought ice lasted the same amount of time that EZ's did on our last two campouts [Smile][Wink].
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Originally posted by EZ2SPOT

RH, I stopped freezing water bottles when I heard that this causes cancer-causing elements to leach out of the plastic bottles and into the ice. Does anyone know if this is true, or just another urban legend??

EZ2SPOT



Finally, something about which I know a little! Almost all plastic water bottles used to contain BPA (Bispheynol-A), a known endocrine disruptor and estrogenic. That doesn't mean you're going to get a big dose of BPA from drinking out of those bottles, but the longer water sits in them, the higher the temps and the more temperature variation they experience with water in them, the more BPA will leach into the water.

Responding to a lot of press from the National Toxicology Association, in 2008 Nalgene started phasing out bottles with BPA and many other manufacturers (such as Camelbak) have followed suit. In 2010, Canada declared it a toxic substance. AFAIK, it's still the only country to have done so.

Today there are few items marketed as water bottles that still contain BPA. The bottles used by bottled water mfrs are intended for single use, and should not be re-filled though they do not contain BPA (don't ask me why they shouldn't be re-used; it's what "they" say). Not sure about freezing them, but my gut says that shouldn't be a problem.

You should be okay with any bottles that say #1, #2, or #4 on the bottom.
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Thanks, AD, for the info concerning water bottles. Sounds like I should not have a problem with freezing a few bottles to take out on the trails! That is what I used to do, until so many people started telling me it wasn't safe.

It also sounds like older re-usable water bottles would likely have been made with BPA, while the ones made recently, probably would not have been.

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