Saturday, May 26, 2012

Open Minded

After years of skepticism, I've finally accepted the fact that hot water makes better ice cubes.

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  1. But can we at least agree that fire does not melt steel?
    :-D

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  2. Why have you accepted this? Is there supposed to be a link or was this just a random thought?

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  3. Pretty much just a random thought.

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  4. In what ways are they better? Flavor? Structure? Clarity?

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  5. You have obviously NEVER had the heavily chlorinated water that's coming Into this house before It goes through the water filter I had to put In have you.

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  6. Stucture and removal from the trays.

    I hate broken ice cubes. I'm noticing I get a lot fewer if I start with hot water.

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  7. We usually put the excess water we boil for tea into ice cube trays. The boiled water gives up its absorbed air, and the ice cubes are clearer. If you boil it several times and let it cool to room temperature, you can make almost perfectly clear ice cubes.

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  8. You'll also notice you'll have fewer broken ice cubes if you end with hot water, too.

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    1. I'm noticing they don't stick to the tray as much and pop out cleaner. I'm theorizing the hot water both melts the ice and helps dissolve the calcium deposits on the sides of the trays.

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  9. learned something new today.

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  10. VW, you can learn something new every day, if you ain't careful.

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  11. Really VW, DO try to be more careful :-P

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  12. After years of denial, I've finally accepted the fact that automatic ice makers beat filling ice cube trays.

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  13. David - I'll have to disagree. I like the ice in my drinks to be in huge chunks. I hate accidentally sucking in tiny ice pieces.

    Although I do admit that the convenience factor of having an ice maker is top notch.

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  14. Hmmm, we must be thinking of different ice makers. Ours makes ice in about the same size as the old trays I finally ditched. YMMV, of course, depending on the size of your trays/ice makers you've used, etc. And... always having a full bin of ice: unbeatable in our house.

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  15. David - Oh... all the ice makers I've seen either spit out tiny chips, or - at best - larger, but skinny, slivers. I'm partial to the 1 oz block-shapes I get from my ice tray.

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  16. Sorry for your experience with crappy ice makers. Ours (in our monster 2-door+freezer drawer--largest of its kind when we bought it; the freezer drawer holds between half and 2/3 of what our chest freezer does) makes full one-ounce "cubes". *shrugs* Kinda glad we held out as long as we did before taking the ($$) plunge.

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