Pre-Chill Your Esky To Keep Drinks Cool Longer

Pre-Chill Your Esky To Keep Drinks Cool Longer

Eskies are designed to retain temperature. Obviously, this is why they’re so great at keeping our drinks and food cold. And pre-chilling your esky can help keep it cool longer.

Photo by epic beer.

This tip comes courtesy of Epicurious. They explain:

…if you store your cooler in the hot attic of your house or the hot garage, make sure you bring it in the house and open it up to air out a day before packing it. Ideally, you’ll want to get it cold. DJ Bell, the director of product marketing from Yeti Coolers, recommends dumping a “sacrificial” bag of ice in your empty cooler to chill it for at least a few hours before packing it. (Discard that ice before you start packing — it’s done its job.)

You can check out the full post at the link below.

How to Pack Your Cooler for Camping the Right Way [Epicurious]


  • Wow this is no different to making a pot of tea or coffee.

    Pre-warm the pot with hot water, discard and then fill with your favourite hot beverage, less heat lost in thermal transfer to the container.

  • I don’t know why so many people still don’t put salt in with the ice and water to drop the temperature to keep things cooler longer.

  • Making the temperature lower using salt isn’t a great idea. For one, most people don’t want their drinks to freeze – not possible if the surrounding water is at zero degrees (water/ice) but possible if it’s below zero (water/ice/salt).

    Second, lower water/ice temperature will increase the temperature difference between the esky and the outside air. This will increase the rate of heat transfer into the esky, melting the ice more quickly, meaning it will keep cooler for less time, not more.

    Source: Many years of process/chemical engineering experience in heat transfer processes.

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