You scream, I scream -- because the sunshine melted the ice cream! No summer barbeque or birthday party is complete without a frozen treat, but how can you keep your ice cream from melting at your outdoor picnic or backyard bash if you’re too far from your freezer? Here are some insider tips to keep your favorite flavors cold even on the hottest days.
1.Choose a shady spot to keep your treats. Ice can last up to twice as long in the shade as it would in direct sunlight, so definitely keep your cooler out of direct sunlight as much as possible to keep your frozen treats cool.
2. Make sure to use insulation. Commercially available coolers will of course be insulated, but that doesn’t mean they are your only option. You can create a DIY insulated cooler with a large metal container wrapped in trendy blankets for a rustic look or a plastic or inflatable kiddie pool wrapped in beach towels for a more fun, youthful vibe. Use your imagination and be sure to insulate your chosen cooler as best you can to keep it cold.
3. Go colder than ice cold with dry ice. Dry ice, which is actually frozen carbon dioxide, can give twice the cooling power of regular ice. You may be surprised to find that you can often buy dry ice where groceries are sold. If you opt for dry ice, remember to keep it in well ventilated areas and use proper protection, such as gloves, to avoid freezer burns that can be serious.
4. Keep your cooler full. Air pockets will cause your ice to melt more quickly, so make sure to eliminate as many open pockets of air as possible. There’s always room to add more ice cream sandwiches!