Packing a cooler for a trip.....anyone ever freeze cartons of milk or OJ?

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 12:07pm
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I am limited on space in my cooler and also want things to stay cold for the 6-7 hour trip. I was thinking if I could freeze as many things as possible before hand it would help maintain the temp rather than just putting refrigerated items in.
Are milk and OJ freezable? I would empty some out to allow room for expanding, but will it ruin them to be frozen?

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 12:16pm
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I have frozen both and we haven't had any problems. You can't tell a difference in the taste either.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 12:26pm
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I am not positive, but doesn't freezing milk cause it freezer burn?? I don't know, I do know that sometimes when the fridge gets too cold(like in the back) and our milk freezes, or gets little ice chips in it, my kids freak out and won't drink it! Instead of oj, can you freeze just juice boxes, I know those thaw well(or are yummy frozen), And isn't there milk in a box that is room temp?? I htought my neighbor's son was drinking a milk that is sold ont he shelf....not sure how safe or good it is, but would save space in the cooler. Anyways, not much good advice....maybe someone will post with better dieas [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 12:37pm
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chanda4 - There is a milk called Parmalat (sp?) that is kept room temperature until you open it then it must be refrigerated. We have used it and one of my kids will eat it on cereal, but neither one will drink it straight.
JacksonsMom, we freeze milk every time we find it on sale! I don't personally care for it when it still has crystals, but my kids say it doesn't taste any different, it's just colder. I would agree that opening them first may invite freezer burn. We never open it to pour any out and we've never had a problem. It may just depend on the size of the package and how full it is. And, just personal experience: I have found generic packaging doesn't hold up as well during freezing. Store brand gallons will sometimes burst in the freezer, a name brand rarely does.
Have a safe trip.
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Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 1:30pm
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Horizon makes some kinds of milk in small shelf-stable cartons. I've seen strawberry and chocolate flavor but I'm pretty sure they have plain too. Horizon is safe for PA/TNA. not sure what allergies you're dealing with.
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Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 9:06pm
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Have successfully...and frequently...frozen milk of all types, o.j., juices of all kinds, water...in all sizes...to pack a cooler. As someone said, do not buy store brand as their containers seem to be thinner. Either a carton-type or plastic container works well. I do not open them first but I do try to make sure the containers aren't totally filled to the top.
Remeber to put your ice or ice packs on top of the items in the cooler as cold air "travels" down. Also, if possible, have two coolers packed...one to open first, the other to remain closed until the first cooler is emptied.
The Horizon shelf-stable milk is really good, according to my DS. (I don't drink milk.) I've found it very convenient, too. Many times a store will have it in the cold section where the organic milk is rather than on the shelf. However, if you ask them for a case, they will give it to you without it being chilled first. A case isn't very big--18 maybe.
We've used Parmalat for cereals, too. I can't tell you how it tastes, though. Neither DS, DH or my brother's family have had any complaints about it although they've only had it chilled.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 9:23pm
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Thanks everyone. We use organic milk (ususally Costco's brand) for DS. It comes in 1/2 gal. cartons. I will try it, and see how it goes.
Chanda, great idea about freezing juice boxes. Never tried that, but it would be good when they are a bit slushy.
On a diffrent subject - traveling with 2 MFA kids is no party. I have literally been cooking and freezing food for a week. Trying to be organized enough so that I can somewhat enjoy the week at the beach. But the preparation and all of the junk I am lugging down there is insane.
We are taking our first trip with friends (in the same beach house) since we began the food allergy journey. Thankfully these people seem to get it. They will hopefully still want to be our friends once the trip is over, LOL!
Thanks again, and have a good weekend everyone [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 10:00pm
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JacksonsMom-
Organic Valley gallons freeze *very* well - the plastic jugs seem to be made of tougher than average plastic. I've frozen/thawed nine of them so far (we have to special order it by the case, so one goes in the fridge/three in the freezer) without any problem. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sue

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 10:20pm
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If this is something you will be doing regularly, I found that investing in a cooler that you can plug into your cigarette lighter in the car and has a plug in for a regular outlet was great for us. I take a regular cooler with frozen goods and the plug in one for the things that just need to be chilled.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 11:38pm
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[b]On a diffrent subject - traveling with 2 MFA kids is no party. I have literally been cooking and freezing food for a week.[/b]
Oh, I hear you Jackson's mom -- we haven't done too many trips because they are soooo much work. We kept hoping we'd kick an allergy and it would get easier, no luck. Now the kids are 5, easier to travel with, so we're biting the bullet this summer and doing a few trips.
Thanks for raising this question! Lots of good freezing tips!
Hope you're enjoying your trip. Let us know how it went.
Meg
[This message has been edited by mommyofmatt (edited July 06, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 07/06/2007 - 12:17am
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I used to freeze milk. I found that as it thawed it seemed to separate, and required a good shaking before opening it. Could be because we used to get Homo milk which has a much higher fat content. With 2% or less fat, I don't think it was a problem.

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