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How to Carve Up an Ice Block, Tools to Use, and Making Clear Ice at Home

There is a lot of ice awesomeness on one page of Saveur magazine's website. 

In the June/July Drink insert in the magazine I wrote a story on how to break down an ice block into big cubes, spheres, spears, cobbler, shaved, crushed, and other ice shapes. 


Instructions are on the page, along with a very brief history of the ice trade. 

To accompany the story, Richard Boccato from Hundredweight Ice in New York went to the Saveur studio and broke down an ice block.

The pieces of ice he made are shown in the images above (and there are a lot more on the site). Saveur also made a lovely video of the process. Here's a still from the video:

Ice video

You can see his techniques and tools in the video, plus it's just pretty. The video is at the bottom of this page


Then, on another page I suggest some ice tools to buy. The chisel was Boccato's suggestion. I'm getting used to using it still, but it makes sense. 



Finally, I also describe how to make clear ice at home.

Of course, you've probably already read how to do that here on Alcademics


Make clear

So that should satisfy your ice needs for today. 



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Blair Frodelius

Interestingly enough, I just toured a New York State Canal Museum this past weekend and they did a little piece on the ice industry. Much of it was transported via the canal from various lakes around the state. What was most impressive was that the average family in the 1800's would use 300 blocks of ice each summer in order to keep things cool.

Camper English

I have been known to put blocks of ice in front of the fan to cool the apartment in the summer. #budgetairconditioning

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