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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.