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do they still put ice cream containers in aluminum hot/cold bags?? at least in the summer. I havent seen those in a long time. just wondering if they are offered anywhere

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  1. Haven't seen them in years. Both in the NJ/PA area and now up in the Boston area for the past 20+ years. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen them up here since I've lived here.

    1. I've seen those bags available for purchase at Whole Foods in Manhattan.

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      1. re: small h

        I've seen them for sale near the register at many stores, but not for free anymore.

        1. re: coll

          No, not for free. I have a couple of gel packs in my freezer, and one of these days I might train myself to bring 'em along on shopping trips.

      2. I've never seen them in the U.S., but we could sure use them in Houston! When I lived in Bangkok, you got the special bag, plus a little piece of dry ice to help get your ice cream home. I keep a small cooler in my car, and hope that I get home before things get melty.

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        1. re: arashall

          A cooler stays in our car, we save up ice from the ice maker all week and it goes into the cooler.

          We also take (3) zipper cooler bags with ice blocks. Shopping once a week for the whole week, one has to be prepared.

          I guess this prepares us for buying those big tubs of ice cream at Costco. But we rarely do, as they are already full.

          I can't remember where I've seen the ice cream bags offered in the past, but I do remember it well.

          1. re: Rella

            I just refill and freeze 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 Litre bottles.....and use the appropriate size for the cooler I'm using. Less mess and no water to damage any paper packaging. When the ice melts, or not, I just throw them back into the freezer..

            1. re: fourunder

              Yes, one has to be careful when loading a cooler not to let ice water get into the produce or packaging.

              I think the bottle idea is great, too. But in place of them, we use the ice blocks that we keep in a freezer door. Must have a dozen or more.

              The biggest problem we have is getting a gallon of milk (2 glass jars) into the cooler down into the ice if we have bought other frozen foods first; ice blocks just don't give me the time to shop if I pick up the milk first to keep it cold enough.

              My shopping day is an all-day affair which includes any appointments, library, restaurant, and the chain stores, we go once a week.

              Last Friday we had to forego the restaurant and extra shopping because of the heat, so it was just Costco and the farm. We now have a very large cooler, but I will have to make sure it will fit!

        2. Don't think it's ever been done in the UK.

          That said, I bought fish the other day in a supermarket I don't often go to and they put that in a foil bag.

          1. I've spent most of my life in the South and have never seen that done. Once in a while I see that style bag sold, but not nearly as often as non-insulated ones.

            I just keep a Playmate cooler in my car. In the winter it keeps rotisserie chicken hot, fall and spring it keeps cold items safe and in the summer I bring a few blue ice packs along for ice cream and such.

            1. That's a really good question....in my little corner of MA, they used to offer insulating paper bags (a bit larger than the standard lunch bag) for quarts of ice cream, meats and the like. I haven't seen these in 10-15 years.

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              1. re: pinehurst

                Those are the type of bags I recall while growing up in NJ.

                1. re: pinehurst

                  I remember them as being white, with blue printing, sometime in the 60's or maybe even early 70's, in south central CT....

                  1. re: KSlink

                    I was going to say 60s and 70s too, haven't thought about them in a long time. They had all the cubicles behind the counter with different size bags, and that was always one of them. I think the blue lettering said something like Icy Cold?

                    1. re: coll

                      That's exactly it. Also remember it was 60s/early 70s as well (as that's when I lived in NJ).

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                      1. re: coll

                        Could be Icy Cold, I just don't remember. I had completely forgotten about them until I read the post from pinehurst and got an instant visual blast from the past...

                        1. re: KSlink

                          My Mom used to love them to pack our lunches in, they were leak proof!

                  2. Neither in Massachusetts nor NYC do I think I've ever seen this done at all, except for usually smaller stores selling general-purpose plastic insulated bags.

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                    1. re: MikeG

                      WalMart sells them near the freezers.

                    2. I haven't seen those in years and don't expect to ever see them again now that supermarkets want to just about do away with bags all together and rely on customers bringing their own reusable bags. Perhaps bringing ones own hot/cold bags will have to suffice.

                      1. I think there was something called Kool-Pak that ice cream was generally placed in. I used to get excited when I saw a freshly-added Kool-Pak in the pile of small brown bags saved for lunch because it usually meant ice cream in the house. Once it meant liver, but I have repressed most of that memory.l

                        1. I can't remember the last time I saw those bags........ and we're talking 30 or 40 years +.

                          1. I see them all the time......when I order Chinese take-out.....or Boston Market.

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                            1. re: fourunder

                              Haven't seen them for Chinese takeout in this neck of the woods (nyc metro area) in ages. Forgot all about that.

                              1. re: mangiare24

                                They always use them for the Spare Ribs.....I'm in Northern NJ

                                1. re: fourunder

                                  We never order spare ribs...that must be why!

                            2. I've seen reusable ones for sale at my local Publix from time to time.

                              1. These are used at my local whole foods (southern CT) at no additional charge. The cashier will sometimes asks if you need one or will place meat in them. They are small paper lunch bag sized with aluminum lining.

                                1. I've never seen them in Nova Scotia (I'm 36).

                                  A few years ago, I bought one of those coolers that plugs into the outlet in the car. Money very well spent.

                                  1. We had them in the small local grocery store I worked at 12 years ago, but I haven't seen them anywhere else since.