Often, I get ice envy. That’s correct. I’m envious of ice.
Why? Many bars now have crystal clear ice cubes, or even whole blocks. Though at home, those ice cubes we make in the little plastic trays are often very cloudy. So I set out to make my own block of clear ice.
Making Crystal Clear Ice (Attempt Alpha 0.1)
- Boil the water
- Let it cool slightly (I draped a teatowel over the kettle to stop dust coming in to the kettle)
- Pour into a large tupperware container
- Slightly press the lid on
- Place in the freezer (in a slow freeze, not quick freeze area)
- Wait some more
About 12 hours later I went to check on progress. The inner part of the block hadn’t freezed, though the outer edges were crystal clear. I placed it back in the freezer and waited some more.
On pulling it out the second time I had a whole frozen block, BUT I had a seam through the centre of the block that appeared to have a section of ‘cloudy’ ice. Take a look from both ends:
I managed to easily split the block in half, and then work around the seam to carve out an ice cube/lump.
Looks pretty decent right? I’ve got enough clear ice for about 8 of these cubes, perfect to cool down a drink slowly. I’m going to attempt another go, and I’ll report back about that