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New Post 3/27/2012 12:21 AM
  maximo
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Keeping Perishable Foods While Camping 
One of our friends invited us to go with them for a week camping in this island that they'd always frequent. The thing is, the place is quite isolated. No hookups from what I've been told so we'd have to generate our own electricity. To get groceries and gas, we'd need to take a boat. Given that, we're thinking of just using our generator at night. The problem is the food. Running our refrigerator looks a bit impractical in the place where we're going. Was wondering if you can recommend anything that would help us keep the perishable stuff like meat, eggs, milk, butter, etc during our trip that can replace our refrigerator during our stay here?
 
New Post 3/28/2012 3:30 AM
  harold
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Re: Keeping Perishable Foods While Camping 
Your best bet will probably be getting some dry ice and using it to freeze your food while in a cooler. They last longer than regular ice made of water. Most groceries carry them so they're relatively easy to find these days.
 
New Post 3/29/2012 7:45 AM
  Matthew
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Re: Keeping Perishable Foods While Camping 
Thumbs up on the dry ice idea. Get a really good, heavy duty ice box or cooler from Camping World or REI and then dump your food and dry ice there and you're all set.
 
New Post 4/2/2012 4:31 AM
  angela
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Re: Keeping Perishable Foods While Camping 
Agree with what the others said here. Having a heavy duty cooler will definitely help. As for the dry ice, I'd suggest not to use too much. It might freeze the meat and other stuff way too much that they would get ruined.

Also, not all of the stuff that you mention requires freezing or cooling. Eggs can be stored at room temperature and it would not get ruined. Get some pasteurized milk that you can get in cartons. They can stay also at room temperature for as long as it is not opened.
 
New Post 4/3/2012 6:15 AM
  padmej
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Re: Keeping Perishable Foods While Camping 
Well said, angela. Another thing is that instead of getting a big carton of milk, why not get those single serve ones so that you don't have to worry about the milk getting spoiled once you've opened it.
 
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