I use a lot of those liquid filled, plastic, reusable ice packs during the
summer for transporting food and beverages for the boat. They take up a fair
amount of space in my freezer, and I'm wondering if there would be any harm in
storing them on a shelf in the basement for the winter. Do they tend to breed
organisms within if left at room temperature for long periods?
Yeah, I've had leakers, too. Gotta remember, at the price point these
things sell at, QC is not a major concern. Mine leaked at the fill plug.
I let them stabilize at room temp, squeezed out as much air as I could,
and potted the plug with a glue gun and some of the 'universal' clear
glue sticks, the kind that stay a tad rubbery. That was years ago, and
they still work fine.
As long as they're sealed, it's not an issue since the inside gel is never
in contact with food. At the beginning of the season the outside can be
washed with a 5% bleach solution and they're good to go.
Yeah, but they haven't been subjected to freeze thaw cycles in the presence of
cooler melt water with food particles in it!
I think I'm going to thaw them all and check to see which ones leak and discard
them. New ones aren't very expensive.
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