How to Pack A Cooler
- Empty Milk Jugs, clean
- Empty juice containers, clean
- Take a discarded milk/juice carton and clean it out thoroughly with warm water and soap. Rinse.
- Invert carton and let air dry
- Fill the carton with water, leave water level about an inch and a half below the top of the carton to allow for expansion.
- . Put the milk jug or juice carton into the freeze
- . A day later or depending on the temperature setting of your freezer you have a frozen carton of ice.
- To harvest the ice simply remove ice from the carton, I prefer to do this with a claw end from a hammer. A straight claw works the best. You can cut the carton off with a knife, but I do not recommend this because cutting plastic through to ice can be slippery and dangerous.
- Lay the carton on the ground and hammer a pattern around the base of the carton.Essentially making a cut line.
- Then simply take the hammer and start softly beating on the side of the carton. Make sure carton is above an empty cooler. You do not want to drop large chunks of ice on your bottles and cans potentially damaging them.
- Beating the side of the carton gently will cause the ice inside the carton to fissure and drop out in large chunks.
- The large chunks can then be broken up into smaller chunks. I recommend wrapping the large chunks in a terry cloth towel and then striking them with a hammer to make smaller pieces and always wear eye protection.
- Or simply throw the whole frozen carton in the cooler if there is enough space. You can always allow the water to defrost and then have cold drinking water as well.