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Keeping It Cold

Old 02-11-17, 06:21 PM
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Keeping It Cold

I've found a new discount grocery store but the only problem is it's seven miles away! How do you keep the stuff that needs to be kept cold (Meats Etc.) cold for that long of a trip? I have a trailer so I don't want to use anything that's bulky or overly heavy.
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Old 02-11-17, 06:23 PM
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cooler with ice packs? a ride that long should only be 30-45 minutes, it shouldn't spoil that quickly
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Old 02-11-17, 06:46 PM
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Ice packs.
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Old 02-11-17, 08:40 PM
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My grocery store sells these nice hot-cold bags (same as in the link). They actually work fairly well for summer grocery runs (unmelted ice cream yay!), and I've also used them in the winter to keep produce from freezing on the way home. If you're super paranoid, throw an ice pack in there as well.
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Old 02-11-17, 08:48 PM
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I never understand the mentality of keeping cold foods cold, etc. It's not like you're stocking up at the grocery store & traveling to the other side of the country by foot.
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Old 02-11-17, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by RoadieDropper View Post
I never understand the mentality of keeping cold foods cold, etc. It's not like you're stocking up at the grocery store & traveling to the other side of the country by foot.
True, but...
1. Personally, I only eat red meat seriously undercooked. Bacteria eew.
2. Ice cream can and does melt in under a half hour in a bike trailer in hot summer weather. Refrozen ice cream, also eew.
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If you buy enough and keep it together tightly, stuff can stay cold for a pretty long time. Then there's the hot/cold bags and ice packs that folks have already suggested.

IMO part of the key is riding faster, so in lieu of the trailer, you might do a cold only run, put it into a messenger bag or panniers and bolt for home.

If you want to insulate on a budget, you can scrounge or (gasp) buy bubble wrap packing material and wrap your cold stuff to keep it cold. If you want to do a super job, consider the EPS packing sheets, and cut and fit them to your trailer to insulate it.

BTW - unless you live where it's extremely hot, frozen stuff properly wrapped in just paper can stay cold enough for about half an hour, longer if you insulate, so this shouldn't be an issue if you plan.
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Old 02-12-17, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
If you want to insulate on a budget, you can scrounge or (gasp) buy bubble wrap packing material and wrap your cold stuff to keep it cold. If you want to do a super job, consider the EPS packing sheets, and cut and fit them to your trailer to insulate it.
Newspaper is also a great insulator, and sometimes more available than bubble wrap. I just wrap the cold stuff all together in 5 or 6 sheets, and stuff them into a backpack, mess. bag or whatever.
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Take a soft cooler, like a lunch bag and use it to keep cold crap cold. It's what I do.
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When I was car free, I bought stuff that needed to be kept cold on cool days, packed it all together into one bag, and then walked briskly home.
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Old 03-25-17, 01:28 PM
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I'll also recommend the hot/cold bags. Perfectly suitable for a 30-40 min ride. Big enough that you can fit quite a few cold items in there. Work pretty well with my rear rack baskets.
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I saw some insulated cooler backpacks at the local big box store recently that looked cool, but generally I just pack all the frozen and cold items together in my luggage crate and keep them covered, if possible.
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
True, but...
1. Personally, I only eat red meat seriously undercooked. Bacteria eew.
Low food stress is a fringe benefit of vegetarianism. I used to think fake meat tasted weird and poorly approximated the flavor of real meat; now I'm more likely to find it tastes too much like I remember real meat tasting. Meat eew.

2. Ice cream can and does melt in under a half hour in a bike trailer in hot summer weather. Refrozen ice cream, also eew.
I used to justify my ice cream habit by rationalizing I burnt the calories biking and hiking. It truth, I was just overtaxing my pancreas to produce insulin to filter all the sugar out through my kidneys. A fringe benefit of LCF is giving up ice cream as a regular grocery item and, if you keep eating it at all, reserve it for special occasions where you buy it in pints, bars, cones, etc. Then, make it an outing and break the addictive association your mind wants to make between relaxing at home and snacking on sugar.
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Old 03-26-17, 04:15 PM
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A fringe benefit of LCF is giving up ice cream as a regular grocery item
Now I've heard it all.
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Now I've heard it all.
There is more than one way to end up with obesity and/or diabetes.
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