We’ve all used ice packs, dry ice, and hot water bags some time or another. Some years back, our suppliers from Japan brought over some custard pastries which had to be kept cool during transit. They padded a plastic container with gel ice packs and put the pastries inside. We got to enjoy the custard pastries scot-free thanks to their efforts and I’ve kept those little gel ice packs in my fridge ever since.
Of course, those little gel ice packs couldn’t possibly last forever and so I had to throw them out after some years had passed (yes, I held on to them as long as I could!). I used them to soothe my children’s bumps and bruises, cool down their feverish foreheads, and well… pad plastic containers to keep certain food items cool. Anyhow, I got an email from Techni Ice some time ago asking if I would be willing to review their product. Knowing how useful these things are, I said yes. So I got a couple of sheets in the mail.
Opening a pack reveals a flat plastic sheet that can be divided into 24 individual squares. There’s also an instruction pamphlet included.
See how thin the sheet is right after removing from the package? I was expecting some gel packs which I could immediately pop into the fridge. Turns out it’s not so simple. It’s not difficult but using Techni Ice does require a bit of preparation.
Ah but even so, it was cold! I think it would have been colder had I remembered to take it out after an hour instead of two. The Techni Ice was no longer cold after I left it exposed in the bathroom for 2 hours. However, if you put the Techni Ice inside an insulated container or cooler, it would stay ice cold for much longer.
In order to use as a hot pack, instead of popping it into the freezer, microwave the sheets for 2-3 minutes instead. You can even use this as a bottle warmer if you have a baby in the house. Just wrap the hot Techni Ice sheet around the bottle. You can also cut the Techni Ice sheets into your desired size since they’re segmented into squares.
What I like about Techni Ice:
- It’s versatile. I can use it as either a hot or cold pack.
- I can customize it by cutting into my desired size.
- It’s relatively easy to bring along because you just wipe it down and fold it up after use — although it never becomes as flat as it originally was inside the packaging.
- It’s reusable, washable, safe, and non-toxic.
- It’s lighter and less messy than regular ice or dry ice.
- It’s reasonably priced at P250 per sheet.
Downside? It’s not readily available in stores yet because the distributor is still looking for dealers. In the meantime, you can log on to http://techniicephilippines.blogspot.com for orders and inquiries. 🙂
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