Ice Gel Packs are made of frozen refrigerant gel and are used to keep products cold during transit. They are food-safe, reusable, and leak-proof. Ice Gel Packs help reduce food waste by preventing bacteria growth and spoilage in chemical and perishable foods that require chilled storage. Ice Peak Ice Gel Packs are also certified high-quality Ice Pack that complies with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Ice Gel Packs are commonly used together with a thermal insulating box and temperature indicator. When used together, the ice gel packs and the thermal insulating box can help to provide a colder temperature. The temperature indicator can ensure that the items in the box are kept cold constantly while in transit.
Businesses also use temperature data recorders in conjunction with the packaging to track the temperature of the package. Ice Gel Packs are also suitable for required storage temperatures of up to -5ºC and come in 20g, 40g, 340g, 500g, and 1kg sizes.
How to Use Ice Gel Packs?
Ice Gel Packs can be used for temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, meat and seafood, and perishables. In general, it is best to freeze Ice Gel Packs for at least 24 hours before using them. It’s also recommended to put the gel packets in the freezer flat. Once the gel packets have frozen, it can be removed from the freezer for use.
How Long Do Ice Gel Packs Last?
Ice Gel Packs freeze at a lower temperature than ice and last longer in general. The length of time it can remain frozen is determined by its size, shape, temperature exposure, and how it is packed in a shipment/cooler. The weight of the gel will also affect the freeze time, with heavier gel melting more slowly. Ice Gel Packs would only last up to 4 hours if left on a table at room temperature. However, when placed in a well-insulated and packed cooler (144 hours), Ice Gel Packs can last up to 6 days.
Ice Gel Packs with Cold Shipping Container
An Ice Gel Pack can keep food fresh by protecting it from temperature changes. With the help of insulated containers and ice bags, it can further protect the safety and freshness of perishable food items. Portable containers made of insulating material can significantly improve the longevity of perishables — these containers aid in preventing heat from the surrounding environment from entering the package. Also, keep in mind that different types of food require different packaging containers. Liquids, for example, may require packaging with a top seal to prevent leakage. On the other hand, cakes and desserts may require cold chain packaging with a more rigid surface to avoid damaged frosting.
Generally, the packaging or container chosen must be lightweight, portable, strong, and made up of high-quality insulating material. An excellent cold packaging container keeps perishables cool and fresh for an extended period while preventing external damage from the heat from the surrounding environment. Furthermore, the number of Ice Gel Packs required is determined by various factors, such as the quanity of food to be stored, the temperature of the environment and the food, and the container’s thermal insulation.
Iced Gel Packs for Heat-Sensitive Food
Ice Gel Packs are by far the most effective way to store heat-sensitive foods, especially meats. They have excellent property of remaining at progressively lower temperatures for periods of up to 36 hours. Ice Gel Packs are ideal for storing, packaging, and shipping fresh meats. Ice Gel Packs are also adjustable and flexible and can be used on top of or between meats. While Ice Gel Packs are great for preserving fresh meats, dry ice is another cost-effective option for shipping frozen items.
Are Ice Gel Packs for Food Dangerous?
Ice Gel Packs are designed not to leak in most cases, but if they do, most of them are non-toxic and do not contain any hazardous materials. Most Ice Gel Packs are made up of a polymer or cellulose gel that has been mixed with water. Some Ice Gel Packs may also contain preservatives, sodium chloride, minerals, water, or dye, but they are relatively safe unless consumed in large quantities. It is recommended not to eat or serve the food if an Ice Gel Pack has leaked into it. Note that if large amounts of Ice Gel Packs are consumed, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
Ice Gel Packs Ensures Thermal Stability of Food In Transit
Ice Gel Packs help to maintain the thermal stability of the food when it is being shipped overnight. Overnight shipping allows for faster food delivery due to less traffic. Furthermore, it will enable food to be transported in a much colder environment, ensuring that the food is fresh when it arrives.
How to Dispose of Ice Gel Packs?
There are a few steps to dispose of Ice Gel Packs depending on their material type.
1. Hard Ice Packs
Hard Ice Packs should be tossed in the trash as it has a thick plastic shell.
2. Flexible Ice Packs
Flexible Plastic Ice Packs should be thawed before cutting them open. When opened, the gel inside the pack should be squeezed into the trash. After that, rinse, dry, and recycle the plastic film with plastic bags.
The contents of an Ice Pack should not be poured down the drain as there is a possibility that the mixture may clog sinks and toilets.
In conclusion, packing items with Ice Gel Packs helps to keep temperature-sensitive products cool. Ice Gel Packs do not melt in water and can also be molded into various shapes to fit the packaging better, thus making Ice Gel Packs a convenient packaging solution widely used in pharmaceuticals and life sciences, meat, and seafood.