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Old 01-17-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default Best way to get cracked ice

I need a good ice cracker..have not yet seen any in any shop here that is both good and cheap and not sold only for restaurants and bars. I still use the old method of banging on a plastic bag in a towel..is quite tired of it..it makes noise..the floor get wet..the bag gets holes..the cat gets scared..How do you get your cracked ice?
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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Use a snow cone machine. You can pick them up for $10-15 in the States. This might be a little more than cracked, but it works wonders if the ice size works for you.
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Default Small Ice Cubes?

How about very small ice cubes? Can you find an ice cube tray that makes small cubes? No need to crack them.
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Just spend a few thousand bucks on a fridge that makes crushed ice. They are well worth it, i can attest to that!
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I think Robert's idea of tiny ice cube trays a a good one.

Also what about a few turns in the blender? I assume all Tiki Bar owners have a suitable one. I have found it works for me if I don't load too many cubes. It is a bit noisy...But my cat prefers it to me wielding a mallet!
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Tiare, just chew it up and spit it into a glass. Nice and simple!
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Yea, I go for the last one..simple and easy! i`m a lazy person sometimes..

Seriously,its a bunch of good ideas here, thank you!

Never seen a tray with small ice cubes yet but i`ll start to look.
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Could you not buy a hand or automatic ice crusher?

I've got one like this at home http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...t_adv_XSC10001
and one not dissimilar to this in the bar
http://www.amazon.com/Waring-IC70-Pr.../dp/B0009XAHG0
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How good is hand crusher? do you get the ice crushed easily?
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Yep they're pretty 'handy'. You get consistent crushed ice and it doesn't require too much effort - as long as you get yourself a solid machine with a nice long handle.

Or get a motorized one for full on lazy livin'
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