Make Ice Chips




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Why should you make Ice Chips instead of Ice Cubes? On one hand... Ice Cubes have been the staple of any cold drink at parties, cookouts, festivals, etc. They are used to fill coolers to go to the beach. Furthermore when you go the store to buy Ice they sell it as a 5 lb bag of Cubes not Chips.

On the other hand.... Ice Chips are easier to suck on then full Ice Cubes. Ice Chips are easier to chew then an Ice Cube. Even on hot days I finish my drink before the Ice Cube finishes melting. Now I have a cup of melting ice cubes and diluted water. Read on to see more reasons for this instructable of Making Ice Chips instead of Ice Cubes.

The Story
Around 2 am one morning, my son came into my room and said he was feeling sick to his stomach. I said I would meet him in the loo. I arrived a moment later and we waited. Not too long though, for it was quick coming. After he was done, I put him back to bed and went downstairs for a bucket just in case he couldn’t make it in time. I was awake anyway so I looked online to see what one is suppose to do after vomiting. Sucking ice chips and sipping water were at the top of the list. Sipping water is hard to do. How much water do you put into the glass so that he has enough but not much to spill? Too much water can make you vomit again. Ice chips are perfect, put it in your mouth and it melts - no spillage.

I don’t know about you, but we do not keep ice cubes in the winter. We do not have an automatic ice maker/dispenser. We have ice trays, but how long does it take to make ice cubes? I wanted ice chips now. So, here is what I did at 3 am.

Benefits of Ice Chips over Ice Cubes:
Ice Chips freeze quicker than Ice Cubes. (Ice Chips - 40 min vs Ice Cubes - 4 hrs)
2) Ice Chips take up less space than Ice Cubes in the freezer.
3) Ice Chips are easier to suck on than full Ice Cubes.
4) Ice Cubes are hard to make into Ice Chips.
5) Ice Cubes make more noise when being made into Ice Chips. Whether automatic ice dispenser or manually cube crushing.

Step 1: Materials

1) Water,
2) Flat aluminum tray and
3) An open Container to store Ice Chips.


Skill Level:
Easy. Follow these instructions of Making Ice Chips instead of Ice Cubes.

Time to Complete:
30 – 45 minutes at -2 degrees F.

Step 2: Put Some Water in Your Tray

Step 3: Put the Tray Into the Freezer

Step 4: When Frozen, Take Tray Out

Step 5: Give a Little Twist of the Tray

Step 6: Dump the Ice Chips Into the Container

Store Ice Chips in an Open Container.

Step 7: Observations & Summary

1)  Ice Chips freeze quicker than Ice Cubes.  (Ice Chips - 40 min vs Ice Cubes - 4 hrs)
2)  Ice Chips are easier to suck on than full Ice Cubes.
3)  Ice Chips are easier to chew then an Ice Cube.
4)  If a small tray isn’t enough then use a full cookie sheet to make Ice Chips.

I prefer to chew chips then chomp cubes.  The next time I have a party, I will be making Ice Chips rather then Ice Cubes.  Because Ice chips freeze so much faster and they take up less room.  They do not remain after the drink is gone.  I am satisfied with the results.

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    11 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I tired your ice chip concoction and i must say, according to your instructions, all went well except for one slight problem that I encountered.. I ran into some problems with storing my final product, after about 2 or 3 days of deliciously COLD bevies due to macro-made ice chips, I got hit with FROST!!! Due to my calculations, I encountered this nasty tasting ice chip wrecker because of the zip lock container that I used to store my ready product, such as the one diaplayed in your pictures. Yes these containers advertise against frost bitten food, but i did some research on these containers and the frost fight they're advertising about is for a "single freeze only".
    So, i recommend a zip lock bagie for storage vs a container shown.

    - Beaker Out!

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for reviewing, using and commenting. I am sorry to hear that Ziploc freezer containers are not the best product for multiple use. I was using a "Hillshire Farms" Lunch Meat container not a Ziploc container. You are correct, keep the air way from food to prevent freezer burn in a sealed container. Ice cubes are usually left exposed or in the open so they are not subject to freezer burn. I will make note that the ice chips should be stored in an open container. Thank you for your research and observation.


    3 years ago

    To speed up things even some more you might want to use hot water instead of cold tap water. Yes, hot water. No, really. For some reason even I did not fully understand (has to do with dissolved gas leaving the water when hot) hot water will cool down quicker and freeze sooner than cold water. That's why in cold winters hot water plumbing freeze up first.

    Give it a try

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. You are correct, you described the Mpemba effect. It would be interesting to test how much more quickly the ice would form with hot water vs cold. I will add that to the growing list of experiments and things to do.


    Reply 2 years ago

    So ezman, did you run a time comparison test since?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for following up, Azze01. I regret to inform you that I have not had the time to run a comparison. You are most welcome to pick up the torch and run the last leg of this saga.


    Reply 2 years ago

    It's indeed quicker, but from what I know, it's a bad idea to put hot stuff in the fridge/freezer as it stresses the cooling mechanism and it makes it more prone to malfunctioning.


    Reply 2 years ago

    You may be right if you do this on a regular basis, and I wouldn't talk you out of using the long run for stocking up for your coming cocktail party. But for the rare situations when instant ice is needed like for the offspring's occasional vomiting session, this shouldn't pose a threat to the cooling system. There's not a huge amount of energy in a flat pan of hot water after all.


    4 years ago on Step 7

    Due to having more surface area, ice chips will melt faster in a drink than ice cubes will. Fine if you have a drink you want cold and want to drink right now, but if you're trying to keep a drink cold over time, you want ice cubes instead.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. That morning he was sick there were not any instructions on the web to make ice chips without first having ice cubes or an ice maker/dispenser.