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When I dispense ice cubes from ice cube trays, sometimes I get a nice, clean break. That of course is what we all strive for in our ice cube dispensing endeavors; but sometimes they don't. On some occasions, the ice cubes shatter into many tiny peices. How can I prevent this phenomenon?

asked Jun 18 '10 at 13:00

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Two thoughts/suggestions:

  • Use distilled water to make your ice cubes.

  • Rinse the bottom of the ice cube tray with water before turning it over and twisting the ice cube tray to release the ice cubes.

answered Jun 18 '10 at 13:05

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ageekmom ♦

And how do I prevent the cubes from falling out while I'm rinsing the bottom? :)

(Jun 18 '10 at 13:08) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

You do it quickly, and ideally, just hold the ice cube tray at a 90 degree or less angle, not upside down. I don't use ice trays anymore due to icemakers, but that's how we did it growing up.

(Jun 18 '10 at 13:10) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

Sweet. I go through two gallons of tea a day, this has been a huge impediment to my beverage consumption habits. Thanks!

... Also, my icemaker can't keep up with me and produces cubes that are too small for my tastes.

(Jun 18 '10 at 13:14) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

Title made me lol until I saw the full one haha. Try using clean or purified water. If you can't get to any you can boil the water first as well but I don't know if it's worth doing all that lol

answered Jun 21 '10 at 05:33

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You might also try using a rubber or silicon tray if you are not already.

answered Feb 28 '11 at 02:57

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