With the influx of superstorms across the United States, we can expect turbulent weather, devastation, and power outages. Where I live, we have had numerous tornadoes rip through town and have had lots of severe weather take down trees and powerlines, cutting thousands off from the electric grid. In the last tornado, some homes were without power for more than two weeks. While many organizations were sent out to help those in need, some people fended for themselves. In a situation where they had no power, they had to make sure their families were fed. One thing many of them learned they could do was to use dry ice to keep food cool for safe eating. If you are interested in learning more, read more on how dry ice can save you money in these situations.
What is Dry Ice
Dry ice forms when solid carbon dioxide is liquified. Once inside a holding tank, it is frozen solid in -109 degree temperatures. It is then molded into either large dry ice blocks or small-sized pellets. These blocks of ice do not melt. Instead, when it melts, it returns to a gaseous state. Dry ice is significantly cooler than regular ice, so it is recommended that you use gloves when handling it, and you should never ingest the substance. Doing so can cause severe frostbite.
Using It To Store Food Safely
If you lose power to your home during a storm, it’s a top priority to secure the food in your home. Food left un-refrigerated can spoil in less than 6 hours without taking necessary precautions. Instead of letting the food spoil and having to purchase all of your groceries again, use dry ice. You will need access to at least one ten-pound bag of dry ice every 24 hours. Place it on the bottom rack of your refrigerator over newspaper or some other barrier to protect the refrigerator glass. Afterward, your food should stay chilled and fresh. Repeat the process as needed.
Dry ice can save you money and protect your food in other ways. One way I can think of is when camping. Instead of opting for a cooler filled with melted ice, you can try dry ice. Pack a layer of bagged dry ice on the bottom of your cooler. Set newspaper or another type of insulation layer on top. You can then begin placing items you need to be frozen on top. Some people place another layer of insulation and dry ice on top of the frozen items to ensure they remain that way. If you have a YETI cooler or something similar, one layer is sufficient.
Dry ice can save you money by preserving food after a bad storm. It can even be useful on a camping trip. What are some ways you all save money by using dry ice?
Shatel Huntley has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she works with special needs adults and travels the world. Her interests include traveling to off the beaten path destinations, shopping, couponing, and saving.