The Ice Cream Canteen Keeps Your Favorite Frozen Treat Cold for Hours

The Ice Cream Canteen
The Ice Cream Canteen

In 2017, Jordan Stern was living in a camper van, craving ice cream. He wished he had a container designed to keep ice cream cool, even on the road and in the great outdoors, no freezer necessary. Two years later, Stern has launched a Kickstarter for the world's first double-walled, vacuum insulated container made specifically for transporting pints of ice cream.

"There is nothing available now to take ice cream anywhere," Stern said in a press release. "You can barely get it home from the store without it melting. When I started telling people about the idea, everyone told me a different way that they would use it, and I realized this could be a great product."

The Ice Cream Canteen works like a travel mug, except for perfectly cold ice cream rather than hot coffee. The vacuum insulation keeps the ice cream cool enough to keep it from melting, while also acting like a koozie to keep your hands warm (though you still might get brain freeze). It reportedly keeps ice cream cold for around four hours, depending on the type of ice cream and various other factors.

The Ice Cream Canteen

The Ice Cream Canteen is designed to fit all conventional ice cream pints. Just grab your favorite pint of ice cream—be it Häagen-Dazs, Halo Top, Ben and Jerry’s, or something artisanal—and drop it into the canteen. Screw on the watertight, insulated cap, and off you go. You can also use the canteen to store ice cream spooned from a larger container.

Take it to a barbecue, on road trips, to the drive-in, camping, or just sit in bed and eat an entire pint without getting your hands frozen (no judgment). For even better insulation, put the canteen in a cooler. “When inside a cooler with ice, The Ice Cream Canteen can work up to twice as long as it would on its own,” the Kickstarter page explains. Even if your ice cream does eventually melt, the leak-proof canteen will keep it from spilling all over everything else in your cooler.

Buy an Ice Cream Canteen for yourself on Kickstarter for $35. It comes in three colors: mint, coconut, and stainless steel. If all goes well, the canteens will start shipping in March 2020, just in time for your spring break trip.

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]