My mother would put in the fish or shrimp and fill the carton with water, leaving room at the top to fold it closed, and staple it shut. Into the freezer it went, where it was solidly frozen to make the trip home in a cooler. My parents have both passed away, but I haven't forgotten the "fresh" seafood that my mother cooked for us year round.
By Sandy from Elon, NC
Put the hot dog in the bun and wrap in foil. Place in milk carton, close top. Put in cool fire pit on its side and light the carton at the bottom. When the carton is burned down, you will have a cooked hot dog in a lightly toasted bun.
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Editor's Note: This would make a good kid's craft for gift giving.
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By Rocketrider2011 from IA
I have heard about people on Christmas Eve surrounding their house with candles in milk bottles or cartons. I would like to hear from anyone who can give me details on how this is done. Is it plastic bottles or cartoons used? Are they painted and do they have sand in them? Or is there anything else about them you can tell me so I can make them next year?
Lyn Morley From Australia
I use the half gallon wax cartons that come with juice etc, or the 1qt size (like hold EggNog). I crack ice cubes with the rounded part of the spoon. You want the chunks of ice about the size of 1/6 or a little smaller. You don't want them too big or too small. They form the holes in the candle.
Pour a little wax at the bottom of the carton so you have a solid bottom for the candle. Put the taper (contrasting color is pretty) in the middle, and load up the wax carton. Pour the rest of the melted wax in the carton. Let the ice melt.
When you think the ice is melted, get rid of the water (probably not in your drains, there is wax in it. I pour it outside someplace.).
Carefully peel the wax carton back/off your candle. It will be beautiful and like Swiss cheese. The colored center taper will melt the wax down through the tunnels and holes in the candle. Kids love it. We have some that were decorated 10 years ago, and get out again every year. You can wrap with fabric ribbon, hot glue acorns/pinecones/gold or silver baubles. Very pretty.
Does anyone have any craft ideas using those half pint milk cartons?
Theresa from Hibbing, MN
I saw a duck or swan made out of a plastic gallon milk contain. How can I get instructions?
By Sara from Valdosta, GA
You might want to look at this link and look all the way down the page.
While growing up in an area with lakes and rivers all around, my family did a lot of fishing. All my family would save all their empty 1/2 gallon milk cartons. Wash them and put them up to dry, and then give them to the fishermen of the family. When the fresh catches of the day were scaled, cleaned and ready for the refrigerator or freezer. The fish were put in a clean, dry milk carton with some salt water.
The top of the carton closed as you would if it had milk in it, then folded down. This way the fish smell didn't go into the refrigerator with all the other foods. If put in the freezer, you put enough salt water in to cover the fish but also enough room to allow the carton to expand. By using the milk cartons, it freed up other freezer containers for garden produce or leftovers.