Ice Cubes

"I'm publishing this recipe because I'm sure that there are other families who have members, who don't know how or have forgotten how to make ice when the ice tray is empty."
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Ready In:
6hrs 2mins
2 trays


  • 2 cups water (approximately)
  • 2 tablespoons water (additional if needed)


  • Empty the ice cubes that are left in the trays (if there are any left) into the bin.
  • Take the trays over to the sink and fill them with cold water. (Hot water will freeze faster and more clear).
  • Place the water filled ice trays back in the freezer.
  • Replace the ice bin if you had to remove it.
  • Shut the door to the freezer.
  • Be sure to leave for around 4-6 hours at least to make sure it is frozen.
  • If you want to experiment, you can freeze things like fruit infused waters or juices.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can this be made in a slow cooker? I work full time and am often out of the house and find the slow cooker is much more convenient for my lifestyle.
  2. I agree, directions are a little vague, it would have been helpful to know how many servings this is, and can you refreeze any left overs ? How far ahead of time can you make it ?
  3. Can I use seltzer water?... and if so will it make my drinks bubbly as it melts?
  4. Can you use bottled water instead?
  5. Was this published on April 1 perhaps?


  1. This recipe is horrible! Maybe I should have left them in longer than two minutes (the recipe doesn't say how long to leave them in the freezer so I just kind of guessed) but mine came out all watery. I won't be making these again.
  2. I harvest my own free-range water, so the idea of putting it in a plastic tray and a commercially made electricity-wasting freezer disgusts me. I prefer nature's method, waiting until the temperature outside drops below freezing.
  3. I wanted to make your recipe but our well ran dry, so I didn't have any water to make ice. Since I was having a party, I really had to come up with a clear liquid substitute so I would have ice on hand. A word of warning: when you make vodka cubes your BIL will hit a tree with his new car and your sister will never speak to you again.
  4. I was wondering if you had a crock-pot version for this recipe. I work long hours and I just don't have the time to invest in this kind of hands-on cooking, but they really look yummy.
  5. I made a few adjustments...... used a pot instead of trays. boiled instead of freezing. Added salt, potatoes, carrots and beef to the water. It turned out more like soup instead of ice cubes. Next time I will make a few more adjustments to try and get this recipe to work for me.


  1. I didn't have any water, but I had a bottle of clam juice hanging around, so I substituted that, won't be making again ;-(
  2. Instead of water, I used Tequila. When it didn't freeze, I sipped it from the ice tray with a cocktail straw. It was delicious. I'm not sure how I'm typing all this, though...
  3. I used range free water.
  4. The time should be separated between total time and active hands-on time. I found that actual hands-on time varied between 1-5 minutes, depending on the care taken to not spill anything, and the inactive time (the bulk of total time) was dependent on how often you opened your freezer to check on results. The more you do this, the longer it will take - like opening your oven while roasting a turkey. Anywhere from 2-48 hours.
  5. chill the water first cuts down on cooking time


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