UL Cold Soak Container

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UL Cold Soak Container

Postby Kurisu » Wed 23 Oct, 2019 9:12 pm

Hi All,

Thanks to American nutcase thru hikers, I have become aware of cold soaking. I gave it a shot and actually like cold soaked couscous, and it got even better when I found Harry's ice cream. As shown, it comes in 500mL tubs, which are very light and more importantly, water tight (I did the fill-and-invert test - not a drop...).

46g, holds plenty for one, aluminium lid, easy to peel labels off...really good ice cream...

But for me the best thing is that it's like they're tailor-made to fit inside a Snow peak 700mL mug.

Hope this is of use to someone.

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby crollsurf » Wed 23 Oct, 2019 9:50 pm

I can see Lamont gagging at the mention of Cous Cous.

For an overnighter you don't even need that. A bread roll, some cheese and cured meat works a treat.

Cold soaking is a great option but a lot of the Yanks are walking into town every couple of days for Beer and Pizza. A luxury not many multiday hikes afford here.

Personally 300g for gas and a stove is good weight but presoaking before reaching camp definitely saves on fuel.

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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby Kurisu » Wed 23 Oct, 2019 10:03 pm

Thanks for the comments.
Wasn't intending to start any kind of debate about righteousness of cold soaking, through-hiking (whichever spelling one prefers) or beer & pizza, just to highlight an option for those who might be interested and like a convenient way to try it.
As you say, it's also a way to save on fuel - which seems to me to be a good thing. I will also still carry my stove, but use less gas and keep my mug clean for coffee, which is my priority. :-)
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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby crollsurf » Wed 23 Oct, 2019 10:12 pm

Sorry if I offended you. Walk your own walk.

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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby QueenLucyVanPelt » Thu 24 Oct, 2019 7:37 am

Thanks, Kurisu! I was looking into what Australians have been using here also. I use a Ziploc 475mL screw top, which I've only just realised I cannot buy in Australia (weighing in at 39g, but wouldn't sit in your snow peak). I've used it for numerous things on trail. Especially during 7-10 day food carries! Morning coffee (it holds heat well being microwave safe), freeze-dried smoothies, multi-v/hydration tablet drinks, carrying a few extra mils of water to a dry camp, and cold soaking in fire ban areas. Your suggestion weighs in lighter than the thru-hiking Talenti jars! I'm impressed! :) Thanks for the suggestion. When my Ziploc container dies, I know where to head next!
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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby Lamont » Thu 24 Oct, 2019 3:27 pm

crollsurf wrote:I can see Lamont gagging at the mention of Cous Cous.
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A bit yeah Crolly-your'e not wrong there. Haven't eaten it home or out for a long while :shock:
One day I will learn a bit more about the soaking- would like to do some pulses etc.
We have had some really stellar soaking trials on the gourmand thread which I followed with great interest.
Thanks for offering this up Kirisu.
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Re: UL Cold Soak Container

Postby Kickinghorse » Sun 03 Nov, 2019 10:11 pm

An good idea re ex Harry’s containers. Me also not so fond of pulses etc but have found that McVities Hobnobs/ Digestive buscuits fit well and provide room for about 12.
Am partial to these with a bit of marg around morning tea time, the bonus being they tend not to get crushed in my pack as with a food bag etc.
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