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Ice Is Nice

How do you get good ice at home?

My quest took me from my freezer to New England and back again.

Some say the world will end in fire. Some say it will end in ice. I hope it’s the latter. Finding a good ice cube to chill your cocktail is hell enough as it is.

Wired has the rest of my adventure in all its glory

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Anonymous January 25, 2011

    Metal trays and distilled water make about the best ice in the home for cheap. another trick is refrigerate the water first.

  2. J.G. January 26, 2011


    Refrigerating the water first does make a huge difference. Occasionally agitating the water while it is freezing also helps (in whatever container you are using to house the to-be-ice just tap it every 10 or 15 minutes to release the air-bubbles that form between the water and the container’s surface).

    I first saw this trick on an episode of Mythbuster’s in which the build-team attempts to create fire by way of an ice-lens. They visited an ice-sculpture group and the trick they use to create crystal clear ice for their sculpture’s is something similar to what I have listed above.

    Contrary to the “Make Crystal Clear Ice” article in wired, slow freezing is not necessarily the trick. Shortening the period of time required for water to convert to ice is more important (an idea over looked in the complicated and delicate procedure of boring a hole in an semi-frozen block of “ice” section of the article) and much much easier.


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