Dry Ice Delivery Instructions

When you order some items including frozen items we will often include Dry Ice.

Your delivery contains Dry Ice:

Dry Ice helps up keep your food and frozen items fresh and safe from disease.  Dry ice is non toxic. The Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration all approved dry ice.

Dry ice is made from solid carbon dioxide, it never produces or releases excess carbon dioxide into the environment when it turns into its gaseous form and does not contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Why is it called dry ice?

Dry Ice is the common name for solid carbon dioxide (CO2). It gets this name because it does not melt into a liquid when heated; instead, it changes directly into a gas (a process known as sublimation).

According to USPS: Gel packs and dry ice are the best options for keeping your food cool in transit. In general, use dry ice for ice cream and other foods you want to keep frozen, and gel packs to keep food between 32 and 60 degrees F. Regular ice is not the best option as it is heavy and can potentially dampen the inside of the container as it melts. 

Buffalo Market is always looking to evolve with the best solutions available.  Dry ice has been a proven solution for over 50+ years of food shipping.  It is better for the planet and your food.

With that said, take some cautions:

  1. Don’t handle dry ice directly. Use a glove or tongs vs handling with your fingers.
  2. Never store dry ice in a tightly sealed container, such as a plastic or glass bottle, or any container with a screw-top lid that will not vent. Styrofoam is an appropriate storage material since it is both insulated and not airtight. 
  3. To dispose of dry ice, place it in a well-ventilated area at room temperature; the remainder of the ice will sublimate away.
  4. Never dispose of dry ice in a trash can, chemical waste container or other garbage/waste can. 
  5. Never dispose of dry ice in a sink, toilet or other fixture; the temperature difference can destroy the plumbing.

You can learn more about our decision to use dry ice and its environmental impact.