How to make the softest, most chewable ice
February 4, 2013 6:08 AM Subscribe
How do I make the softest, cloudiest, most chewable ice at home?
posted by rachaelfaith to food & drink (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend is a habitual ice-chewer. I know about the health associations like anemia and tooth enamel damage; let's not get into that. He's going to chew it anyway.
Places like Sonic make great ice, according to ice-chewers, and it seems like ice that has the most air bubbles in it makes soft, cloudy, easily-chewed ice rather than super-clear, glassy, fancy bar/restaurant cubes.
What should I do to make this stuff at home? I have ice trays with smaller, rounded-edge cubes rather than big cubes, for starters. I considered:
1. Filling them, freezing half-way, poking at the thinly formed ice to break it up and then letting it refreeze.
2. Filling a larger container with water, freezing partway, shaking, pouring icy mixture into trays, then letting them freeze.
3. Using sparkling water (has more bubbles naturally- maybe that would work?)
I'd love input on which of these methods, or some other method, would likely yield the best results. This is part of his Valentine's Day gift- I'd like to have a whole stockpile of ice already made for him when he comes over next Thursday, so I'd like to start making trays of nice, soft ice sooner than later.
Bonus points for simplest methods, so I can continue to do this on a regular basis.