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    I'm flying out to North Carolina next week for a job interview for a job that I REALLY want. So assuming I get it I don't just want to give away my frozen stock in my deep freeze. My idea was to keep it all in the deep freeze and fill it with dry ice. Would this work? Do you have any other ideas? PS: We'd be moving from Nebraska...not what you call a short trip.

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    contact a local trucking company and see if they have any small refrigerated/freezer trucks that you can rent. Of if they know of anyway to ship frozen food..they will be happy to help you..would it be easier if you sold all your frozen goods (put an add on bartercycle!) and then just replaced everything after you moved?

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    How about eating it all up before your move and save the money you would normally spend on groceries to replenish your stockpile when you get there and get settled?
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    First I would start eating it right away. I think the dry ice idea would work, but you would want to stop every now and then and add more to keep it cold. Maybe even have a thermometer to make sure it stays at a safe temperature.

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    I'm afraid that dry ice would crack the plastic lining in your deep freeze. I've kept items frozen for 8 - 12 hour stretches by placing them in styrofoam coolers with dry ice.

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    The dry ice "might" work but I wouldnt recommend it. Why not get some cheap styrofoam coolers and put the items in there with ice. That way if you needed to stop for more ice it wouldnt be so hard to replenish it. I know you probably dont want to buy the styrofoam coolers but they arent really expensive and it surely would save you a bunch of money since you wouldnt have to replace all that frozen food.

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    You could also put an add on freecycle or craigslist for styrofoam coolers if you don't want to buy them. I'm sure lots of people have them sitting in their garages after only using them once!

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    I would start eating it now. When we moved from PA to FL, we just ate all of ours before the move. Have a party or two, and supply the meat!!!


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    If you kept all of your frozen food in your deep freeze - most of it will stay frozen for 24-36 hours easily. Now that means that it should be the last on your moving truck and the first thing off. AND I would fill up any space with ice. Even fill up plastic ice cream tubs with water and freeze them. Be ready to cook anything that might have started to thaw - but remember once it is cooked you can freeze it all over again!!

    ETA: We had a tornado come thru our area last fall and our power was out from Thursday night till Sat about 3 (I think) almost everything was fine (except some apples). We didn't open it at all and we put several blankets around it to help insulate it!

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    How many days would the trip take if you loaded it in a moving van?

    What kind of stuff do you have in the freezer? I'd eat up as much as I can now.

    You don't even know yet whether or not you will get the job but I'd eat up stuff now anyway just in case.

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    We had icecream delivered to boyscout camp packed in dry ice in styrafoam and it was good for 24 hours steaks are shipped that way and stay frozen.

    I would think the dry ice is the way to go we moved a freezer from my grandmothers and the food was still frozen 24 hours later with out any dry ice but heave as heck to move loaded.

    You would put the dry ice inside something in the freezer and you could stop and buy more if needed along the way.. I doubt a moving company would take it with food in it but in a uhaul it would work.

    It would depend on how much is in it...you would want it full if you do this so freeze milk jugs of water to fill up all empty space. then stop and replace with bags of ice or dry ice. blocks of ice would be better than cubed.

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    I agree with people that said to eat it up now and then replenish when you get there. I don't move frozen stuff, I only move canned and boxed things.

    Before I moved from FL to Maine I used up what I could.

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    I'd start eating it now. The dry ice might work but I think I'd check about a refrigerator truck first.

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