Sunday, January 4, 2009

Needless Extravagance

Since we have 3 kids, Stella and I have only a limited amount of refrigerator space. Between the 4 gallons of milk, juice boxes and various other juices, we have only a limited amount of space for adult items like cheese dip and sodas. We've constructed a soda shelf in the garage for sodas and waters but we had trouble getting them cold and it has proved to be too much of a hassle to bring some in and put it in the refrigerator. I think most people battle this phenomenon with a second refrigerator but my second refrigerator is a kegerator.

We also frequently drink white wines which need to be cold, but not having them stored in the refrigerator we always had to think ahead before we cracked one open. So Stella finally had had enough and asked for a wine chiller for Christmas. I'm almost ashamed to admit that we now own a Cooper Cooler and even more ashamed to admit that I love it. I've been blatantly storing sodas on the counter so they get even more warm than they normally are. Then I throw them in the Cooper Cooler for 3 minutes and I have an ice cold soda.

All you need to do to use it is fill it with 2 cups of cold water and 3 or 4 handfuls of ice cubes. Then you put your can/bottle in it and set the container type (bottle, can or wine). The Cooper Cooler then turns your can or bottle while spraying the ice cold water on it. It's the same basic principle of using running water to defrost a steak. The running water over the turning soda chills it much faster than it could be chilled by just sitting it in ice or in the freezer. Plus you don't have the problem of forgetting about the soda in the freezer and finding it a day later frozen and ruined.

I used the Cooper Cooler for a bottle of Long Strange Trippel and stopped it after a minute so it didn't get too cold. It came out perfect. We used it on New Year's Eve on a bottle of champagne and had a perfectly chilled champagne and the spinning didn't even cause it to explode when I valiantly popped the cork.

I think I'm going to free up even more room in the refrigerator by no longer putting all of the Capri Suns in there. Instead I'm going to choose the O'Reilly feature (no spin) and cool them with the Cooper Cooler.

Even though I love it, it's a little embarrassing owning such a silly extravagant item. But, it's not extravagant if you use it right?

1 comment:

  1. This is sort of the same principle of quickly cooling a can of beer. Next time you're bored, get a room temperature can of beer and put a bed of ice cubes on a towel. Lay the can down on its side on the ice cubes and spin the can for about 45-60 seconds. It will be ice cold!

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