I know I have mentioned in previous posts that I have a bum hand. Part of the problem is tendinitis on the side of my hand between the thumb and wrist. I have been trying many things over the last 2 years, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and even a cast for 2 miserable weeks! Nothing has worked and now I am looking at surgery to open the sheath around the tendons to give them enough room and hopefully reduce the massive inflammation that has plagued me for 2+ years. I have used ice packs constantly to try and reduce pain and inflammation and after awhile they tend to get a freezer bunt smell to them that I just don’t want to deal with. I also do not want to waste money to buy new ones just because they are smelly. As often as I use them, that is expensive! Also, my surgery is going to be scheduled in the next week or so, so it seems this would be a good time to have plenty of ice packs on hand. So on to Pinterest I go to see what can be done. The most common recipe is as follows.
3 parts water
1 part rubbing alcohol
food coloring (optional)
I just want you to know…I cleaned off my kitchen table for you guys! I have been
trying failing miserably at this goal in my house. Anyway, I gathered my ingredients and got to work. I started with 3 cups of cold water (I know it is a little over 3, but it’s a hectic morning here and I choose my battles). I then added 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Then comes the food coloring. I used the food coloring simply to ensure if there was a leak, I would find it. I recommend you use the drops and not gel. It doesn’t dissolve well, but since it is all I had on hand, it was good enough!
After 2 hours I checked my little snack size baggies and found major leaks! I transferred the smaller baggies into 2 quart size freezer zipper bags, double bagging each one.
Next up, fill my snack size baggies leaving room for expansion when frozen.
Oh yeah, having a paper-towel on hand is a VERY good idea! I only spilled a little but it could have been much worse! Next I just stacked them in quart freezer bags and tossed them in the freezer. I double bagged just in case one wasn’t totally sealed. That would not be a mess I would want to clean up!
The next day…..
I have ice packs! So happy to find this works. It will be so much cheaper. Have a great week!