Clear Ice Blocks from the Fridge
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Carving Big (and clear) Ice Cubes

After much experimentation I have found one method to make big clear chunks of ice. That method is to put water in a cooler in the freezer, then chop off the top clear layer. Now the trick was to get this into useful sized cubes for glasses. 

Starting with the slab of ice (this one about three inches thick),

Top frozen onlys

I used a heated bread knife to score the ice just about 1/8th of an inch,

Scored ices

Then tapped the scratch in several places with an ice pick and found it separated really easily.

Cut ices

And I got the whole thing chopped into long spears.

Slab in spearss

Bucket of clear ices

I use these really long ones in a tall glass

Ice in glasss

and scored and cut the rest of the spears into big fat cubes.


Cube in glass1s

Hooray! Time for a drink.

An index of all of the ice experiments on Alcademics can be found here.