How Long Does Dry Ice Last?

Dry ice can seem like a real mystery, but you don't have to understand the physics of sublimation to store it.  I know, I know the internet is full of stories about how it'll explode if it's sealed with anything more than fishing net.  Relax.  We use two old coolers and latch 'em shut.  Never had a problem. 

Well, one time I almost died driving home, but that has nothing to do with how long it lasts.  

We usually buy 100 lbs at a time and store it in the top cooler covered with an insulating blanket bought from Restaurant Depot and custom sewn by our local tailor to fit.  

100 lbs of dry ice lasts in our cooler for a week. We buy it on Monday and ship all week.  On slow weeks after all the shipping is done we still have a few lbs left in the bottom of the cooler.  On bigger weeks we may have to head back to San Diego Ice Company for more.  

Keep it simple, yo.

What kind of coolers do we use?  I think we bought these at Costco a few years ago.  You can use fancier and more expensive ones if you want, but...it won't make a huge difference.  

Listen, it may sound too good to be true, but we are PSYCHED to help you learn how to ship your perishable product across the country.  If you have any questions about this article or anything surrounding perishable shipping, please comment below so we can share the knowledge.

If you're in San Diego and want to test your product packout, reach out via our Contact page below and we'll fit you into our testing schedule.  Yes, for free.  

If you have questions but can't get a package to us for testing, use the Contact page and I'll help as much as I can.  

Here's to your small food biz success!

 

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Nik Hawks helps run the show at Paleo Treats. Fascinated by humans in all their strange glory, Nik is harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence with the rest of the PT Crew. Enjoy!



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