This Viral Hack Shows You How to Keep Food Cold Outside

Updated: Apr. 13, 2023

All you need is a container, water and a freezer!

There’s so much we love about summer—the sunshine, the water and all these delicious barbecue recipes. But in the hot sun, how do you keep cold food cold? We’re talking pasta salads, icebox desserts and all the other summer fare we can’t get enough of.

We’ll often keep our fruits, veggies and potato salads inside the house to avoid the summer heat, but that can become tedious, especially when you’re poolside and don’t want to wrap up every time you enter the house. Lucky for us, there’s a hack for that. It’s super simple, too!

Here’s a Hack to Keep Food Cold Outside

First, grab a container that’s similar to the container you have your salad, dessert or snack in. TikTok user @bigmommakimbo7 uses several recyclable aluminum pans. All you need to do is take your container, fill about an inch with water and place it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a solid sheet of ice that should fit perfectly underneath your snack container. Stack your food pan on top of your ice pan, and your food should stay cold no problem!

Handy TikTok Hacks for the Summer

The world of TikTok has so many more summer hacks where that came from. Try this unique take on pizza: a watermelon pizza with chamoy and Tajin—refreshing, spicy and bound to make an impression on your taste buds! Pair it up with this delicious “adult pineapple”, or even a White Claw slushie. Toss some super sweet frozen Jell-O grapes on the side for good measure. Happy eating!