Summers call for chilled juices, smoothies, shakes, and whatnot to beat that scorching summer heat. But, what is that one significant element that makes your choice of beverages all the more appealing, under the tingling sun? Take a wild guess? Yes, it is the ice.
Imagine spending a summer afternoon at the beach, enjoying a peaceful tanning session with all that sunscreen making your skin glisten under the sun, and you forget to ice your drink.
How does a warm drink feel in your throat at that moment when all you could feel is prickly heat? Awful, right!
It is amazing knowing that the thing that makes a real difference between cold drinks and hot beverages during the summers and winters is ice. It is weird yet a fact that something so trivial, almost unnoticeable, makes a substantial difference to drinks. Just add a few cubes to your regular morning coffee and you can conveniently call it a cold coffee.
If you are a tea person, you can do the same with your morning cup of tea, and it will become iced tea. But how could one make ice at home? Well, to begin with, it is as easy as filling ice trays with water and keeping these inside your freezer.
However, this process requires a lot of patience, and what if you do not have that much time at hand, and you are expecting guests at your place soon? You need to think about a way to make ice instantly, without waiting for water to turn into ice in the freezer.
Your mind must be taking you someway closer to an ice maker, which is a pretty clever idea. But, again, what if you do not own an ice maker? In that case, you need to read this article that aims to teach you how to make ice instantly, without the banal freezer trick or an ice maker.
Can I Make Ice without an Ice Maker?
Yes, of course! If you do not own an ice maker, there are different ways to make ice. The easiest way to do so is with the help of ice cube trays. You need the following things to prepare ice at home.
- Ice cube trays
Once you have these essentials available to you, it is time to get started. The process is quite simple and requires no particular expertise. So, if you have never tried making ice at home, you will love this quick and simple method of making plain ice. Just make sure to follow the steps mentioned below.
Rinse the ice tray properly before adding water. Leaving behind freezer sediment or little chunks of ice in the tray could make your cubes uneven and out of shape. So, do not forget to give your ice tray a thorough rinse.
Boil water so that you do not end up with cloudy ice cubes before making ice. Let it cool and then pour water into the ice tray, filling each cube compartment just below the rim. If you overfill the cubes, water will expand once it comes to a freezing state.
Now, place these trays inside the freezer, laying them flat. Your freezer needs to be set at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below to turn water into ice. Wait about three to four hours before the water becomes ice.
Make Ice Instantly without Freezer
What if you do not own a freezer? This trick will help you with making ice instantly, without waiting a couple of hours for the freezer to do its job.
Things You Need
- 2 water bottles (filled)
- Mixing bowl
- 2 buckets
- 8 kg of ice cubes
- 3 kg of table salt
Steps to Follow
- First, you need to place a bottle of deionized water into a bucket. Put 3 kg of ice around the base of this bottle. Pour 1.5 kg of salt over the ice and top it up with water so that the bucket is filled until the bottle’s lid. Do the same with the other water bottle and bucket.
- Allow the bottles to cool because disrupting the crystallization process could result in failure. Check the water temperature using the thermometer. It must reach -8o C in a matter of 30 seconds or so.
- Remove the bottles from the bucket and place aside. Put the remaining ice cubes into the bowl. Now, slowly pour the water from the bottle on top of this ice cube, and watch it turn into ice as you continue pouring.
You must be wondering how the salt makes the water colder. Well, it is simple. When water and ice are mixed, a few molecules melt, while the rest begin to freeze. Now, if the temperature reaches 0o C, the two processes come into a perfect balance, also referred to as ‘dynamic equilibrium.’ Adding salt to this ongoing process causes a misbalance such that the salty water refuses to interact with ice. But it keeps getting colder in the process.
How to Make Ice Instantly Using Ice Maker
An ice maker is basically a machine or tool, whatever you call it, that works in unison with a freezer. Hence, you are required to install it in your home freezer for it to function as intended. Once it is there, turn it on to initiate the process. Now, fill a cup with tap water and pour it into the ice tray, which is right beside your ice maker inside the freezer. Make sure to pour water slowly, trying your best not to go too fast.
Now, you have to wait for a few hours to let this water turn into ice. The process is quite similar to how you make ice in the freezer without having to install an ice maker, but this one works well in contemporary-style refrigerators where you can get ice as and when required, along with water.
The trick with ice makers is that as long as you leave it inside the freezer, the cooler it gets, the quicker it makes ice. Having said that, do not forget to turn it off, because its coils could burn owing to overheating.
Now you know how to turn water into ice instantly, thanks to the crystallization process that science has taught us. If you are one of those who hate science, now you would not hate it as much.