Clear Ice At Home and Arctic Chill Ice Molds
Ever wonder why the ice you make at home is cloudy and the ice you get in a bar is clear? There is reason for this. Ice machines used in your local watering hole are typically made from filtered water and made in sheets meaning the water is in a constant flow over the vertical trays which pushes out air.
But do not fret as you can make clear ice at home. Here’s how:
First start with a good filtered bottle water. Pour the water into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. let cool to room temperature then boil it again. After the water is cooled a second time pour into your ice mold or tray and place in your freezer. If you are using ice trays, cover loosely with plastic wrap to keep the circulating air away from your water. Also only fill your trays about 3/4 in each compartment because the water will expand as it freezes. Wait 24 hours and your ice is ready.
Personally I like ice molds. I have a few different ones from 1 1/4 in squares to big ice ball molds when drinking spirits on the rocks. Recently I discovered Arctic Chill’s Ice Ball Makers. These large 2 1/2 inch diameter spheres melt slower than conventional ice and though some dilution is desired, regular tray ice simply melts too fast for my preferences (save them for mixing). They silicone material seals well and do not leak like some I have used. Once I open one I immediately fill it back so to have ice the next day
When using these ice mold, be sure not to fill them completely full leaving about 1/2-3/4 inch of room fro expansion. Because these mold are blue, it is a little tough to see exactly, so I simply fill them with a funnel then pour off about an ounce of water.
Arctic Chill Ice Ball Makers are available on Amazon for $9.99 for a pack of 2, are dishwasher safe and carry a lifetime guarantee.
Enjoy your next “on the rocks’ experience and give Arctic Chill a try.