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How to Keep Ice Cubes Frozen Longer

Ok, it’s not the biggest problem in the world, but an ice bucket full of water is a not-so-subtle hint that the party’s over. Make your cubes last until the final guest has had their fill.


  • Step 1: Boil the water Boil the water before you put it into the ice cube trays. This removes the air bubbles, which makes the cubes last longer and look nicer, too—crystal clear instead of cloudy.
  • TIP: If your trays are plastic, be sure to let the water cool down before you pour it in!
  • Step 2: Make them bigger Smaller ice cubes melt faster (and crushed ice melts the fastest), so use the biggest trays you can find, or make ice 'chunks' by freezing water in mini-muffin tins.
  • TIP: For an average cocktail party, you should have at least two-thirds of a pound of ice per guest.
  • Step 3: Insulate the bucket Line your ice bucket with bubble wrap or a dish towel before putting the cubes in; the insulation slows down heat transfer, so they don’t melt as quickly.
  • Step 4: Use a lid Cover your ice bucket with a lid to prevent warm air from reaching the cubes. Keep your cool.
  • FACT: Americans use the most ice cubes in the world.

You Will Need

  • Boiled water
  • Large ice trays
  • Insulation
  • like bubble wrap or cloth
  • Muffin tins (optional)

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