We have introduced several new Cooler Shock ice packs since we last blogged. The gray hard packs and clear hard packs have really taken off! Additionally, we’ve introduced the Shock Block 16lb ice pack. These new products prompted many questions about how to store ice packs. Should you store them in your freezer or on a shelf? We always recommend a freezer and here is why:
First off, they will always be ready when you need them, and it is liberating knowing that. If you go back and forth on storing them cold or in the pantry it will be frustrating when you forget to freeze them. Our packs truly absorb more and more cold energy over time. Tossing them in the freezer for a quick overnight freeze is not optimal. The largest pack, Shock Block, takes several days to fully freeze.
We use a natural anti-fungal in our packs for safety reasons. Storing your packs in a warm area for long periods of time can test the limits of any anti-fungal. This can result in reduced Cooler Shock ice pack performance over time.
One additional benefit is that the packs do even out your refrigerators cycling times, and this saves a bit of money over time. The ice packs act as a battery taking and giving back cooling in the fridge, allowing longer off periods between compressor cycles.