If you’re like me and you’re short on room, time and the ability to consistently plan ahead, this might be a good tip for you.
I’ve got a house full of boys in sports, who are always in the need of a jug of cold water to take to practices or games. Depending on the heat outside, they often need MEGA jugs, because a little bottle of water simply will not do. MEGA jugs are great because they provide enough portable hydration, but they’re not so great because it takes nearly 1/2 bag of store-bought ice to fill it enough to keep it cold for the hours it sits on the sidelines.
Here’s a solution:
Freeze water in similar-sized leftover plastic containers (cottage cheese, yogurt, deli take-out, etc.).
When it comes time to fill the bottle, run the container under a little bit of warm water so the ice block falls right out, plop in your jug and fill. It melts much slower than store-bought ice cubes, and is way more economical. Immediately after using a block of ice, I refill the container and place it in the freezer so it is available for the next practice or game.
My jugs fit a large cottage cheese container perfectly, but depending on the mouth size of your jug, you’ll have to improvise.