Ice is an essential element to keep our drinks cool in summer, but it melts easily. With the thermometer rising and announcing that there are several more days of extreme heat left, refrigerators and freezers work overloaded to relieve the home and help avoid hot flashes. This does not happen in bars where the famous “cubito” has greater durability than the homemade one.
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Why does bar ice last longer than homemade ice? This happens because, in general, the ice from bars is more compact and crystalline ice than that produced by home refrigerators. However, this type of ice is not impossible to obtain and is a solution to have on hand in case ice packs run out quickly at gas stations.
On the weekend, due to the heat wave, there may be shortages at service stations.
5 simple tricks to make ice last longer.
1. Boiling water: Boiling water before freezing eliminates air bubbles, creating more compact, melt-resistant ice.
2. Use bottled water: Tap water may contain minerals that speed up the melting of ice. Use bottled or filtered water for best results.
3. Freeze in large molds: Large ice cubes take longer to melt than small ones. Use large cube molds or even shot glasses to create longer-lasting ice.
4. Insulate ice: Store ice in a container with a tight-fitting lid or a sealed plastic bag to prevent it from being exposed to hot air.
5. Add coarse salt: Salt lowers the freezing point of water, so you can add a little coarse salt to the container where you keep the ice to make it last even longer.
Bonus: If you need to keep the ice cold for an extended period of time, you can place it in a cooler or wrap it in a damp towel.