36 Reviews

My husband just tore his bicep tendon and is waiting for the surgery to reattach it. He is going through ice packs like crazy. I remembered this recipe and he says it's better than using regular ice or purchased ice packs. Since he's using them constantly, I colored them each a different color so that it's easier for him to rotate them. I also vacuum sealed them. These are a lifesaver. He's happy and we all still have ice for our drinks!

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eileen0862 July 19, 2007

Sorry I forgot to rate this months ago ! Each of my boys has their own colored ice pack and they get used often during track season. Thanks for a solution to the frozen peas bag !

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PrimQuilter June 01, 2007

I also reduced the amount, and double bagged it... but I didn't colour it because I didn't want confusion with some of the coloured bagged icelollies that are popular with the kids for treats at the moment. I put this in several very small ziplock bags since it's the smallest members of the family who are generally having little kid accidents associated with rough and tumble playing. It's nice to know that something like this is on hand for that moment when your hands are full carrying, and consoling a crying child, that you can just reach into the freezer and reach for something "to help make it better". Also good for those occasional blunders when I take something out of the oven and forget that 5 minutes later when I want to move it somewhere else that I DO indeed need the oven gloves again becuase it's still hot as blazes and no, my fingers are NOT made of asbestos ! Thanks :)

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kiwidutch February 24, 2007

I scaled this down to just under a 1/4 and made a mini ice pack for the kids. Used snack baggies that I did triple bag just to ensure no leakage with it made of rubbing alcohol and being for the kids (I'm paranoid lol), also took luvmybge's advice of inserting a cloth and put in a baby washcloth and mom2's of dying it blue to be noticable and differentiate it from just water.

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nikbern525 February 09, 2007

I made two bags. One bag had a little less water in it bcz the bottle wasn't exactly 16 oz! Anyways, I think I will use a little more water next time (that's supposed to make it a little less soft?). It didn't gel up as much as a like, but my DH said it stayed cold a long time. He even got frost! It was a nice larger size too. Thanks. UPDATE: After being in the freezer longer, it has geled up much more.

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WI Cheesehead October 20, 2006

This is awesome...DH had a toothache, and we didn't have an ice pack. He was a bit whiney saying that ice wouldn't help it, but...who would've thought that I was right! =) Was soft enough to gently mold to his face...toothache was gone in no time! I added blue food coloring to make it easier to find in the fridge. Thanks for posting this!

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Mom2 T, K, K & G September 28, 2006

This was wonderful to use after my daughter had some baby teeth pulled. It was cold but soft. Thanks so much

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beckylen August 28, 2006

My only suggestion would be to add food coloring so you can find it quickly in the freezer and no one mistakes it for a drink.

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dodabeans July 09, 2006

Great idea! Did this years ago but had forgotten about it! Knee sugery prompted making a few and they work wonderfully!!Just right amount of "slush" to keep things nicely "iced" for about 20 minutes (recommended icing time) 5 minutes prep, using vacuum sealer! Thanks, JustaQT!

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bestbema May 18, 2006

Wanted to share that I got a nice thank you note from my nephews football team! The high school coaches said it was the best ice packs they have ever used. Very mushy, SOOOO easy to wrap around knees and ankles! Thanks for posting a recipe I have passed on to MANY people!

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Rebecca Bowman December 30, 2005
Homemade Gel Pack