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Ice - Do you buy or make at home?

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Ice - Do you buy or make at home?

Do you buy it, make it? Machine or trays? If you buy it, where?
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Buy it at the Beer Store.
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BOTH ... buy & make.

Buy it mostly when we need greater quantities for entertaining etc
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Summer Parties
Buy most often in the summer ... also for Picnics, Camping Trips etc

Get our bought bagged ice wherever convenient
Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Park Stores

Make ice in trays
We don’t have a fridge with a built in ice maker
Type of tray you use can make a difference
Also how you store your ice ... cuz ice can go stale / off

Made ice goes into a large Tupperware bin with a lid
Try to keep it full
And trays refilled often

Been looking at a standalone counter top ice maker
But they seem to range from under $ 100 to over $ 300
So prob need to do some more research to figure what would be a good buy to fit my more seasonal needs
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Depends on how much you need. For myself I just make it. If I'm hosting a group of ppl (which I can't do right now), I'd probably buy it.
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I've ALWAYS been fascinated w this 'phenomenon', ice machines everywhere, it's like as necessary as TP lol. Home's ice tray not enough and can't plan ahead? Why are ppl literally buying bag-fulls for? You make that many cocktails?
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Do you trust bagged ice from those machines/beer store/convenience store in your drink? I sometimes question the cleanliness of those for ingestion purposes vs. simply surrounding your cans in a cooler with it
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Both. Buy it for parties or for the coolers when we do a day trip - we have an independent grocery nearby that carries good bagged ice. Day to day for our drinks we use the ice maker in our Samsung French-door fridge which is famous for the poor quality of the ice and its propensity to jam. I would not buy that kind of fridge again.

I would actually like to buy a dedicated ice maker for the kitchen but don't really have space for one. And there seem to be a lot of bad reviews on them.
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I make my ice at home. I fill two ice cube trays with Brita water. How's that for something different? lol
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I dont use ice very often, but have 2 trays I keep in the freezer. If I'm having company I will make a couple extra and put into a big ziplock.

The only time I use ice is for a mixed drink, but normally I drink wine or beer.
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I have limited freezer space and only 1 tray so I try to make and keep in a ziplock. I run out sometimes due to poor planning and kids taking ice (who don’t refill the tray). I also use the ice to “water” my orchids.

Costco had a countertop ice maker for $100 but I’m not sure if they still do. Was waiting to see if it ever went on sale. Unsure about reviews.
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duckdown wrote: 🕺🏻 TOPIC HIJACK 🕺🏻

Do you trust bagged ice from those machines/beer store/convenience store in your drink? I sometimes question the cleanliness of those for ingestion purposes vs. simply surrounding your cans in a cooler with it
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When my family came to Canada in 1952, we had an icebox instead of a fridge. There was a top compartment for a big block of ice and a bottom compartment for food. Ice was delivered from a truck and handled with a big set of "ice tongs". Talk about progress . . . .
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duckdown wrote: Do you trust bagged ice from those machines/beer store/convenience store in your drink? I sometimes question the cleanliness of those for ingestion purposes vs. simply surrounding your cans in a cooler with it
Are you consuming the clean ice inside, or licking the bag?
Do you make sandwiches from bagged bread, or do you have the same concern?

To answer the OP's question, I make my own, unless away from home such as for a camping cooler.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: When my family came to Canada in 1952, we had an icebox instead of a fridge. There was a top compartment for a big block of ice and a bottom compartment for food. Ice was delivered from a truck and handled with a big set of "ice tongs". Talk about progress . . . .
Did you get visits from Mel Lastman back in the day?
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gr8dlr wrote: Did you get visits from Mel Lastman back in the day?
LOL that was a rural area with no appliance stores. But when freezers first came out, there were companies selling freezer/food packages door to door, extolling the miracle and convenience of frozen food, where you got a discount on the freezer for buying a contracted amount of frozen food. As with any door to door sales, many people ended up with contract remorse and food they didn't want.

But fridges and freezers changed the way people shopped and ate.
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I go through a lot of ice and I was thinking of getting the machine but $$$$. Bagged ice is $2.99 and that will last me a week here. I stopped making ice because I always spill the water here and there and it became annoying.
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My 2019 bought fridge has a built in icemaker.

Yes that makes me a BALLER.

lol

When the fridge at the cottage can't keep up to the demand, we have a separate, countertop ice maker we use.
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we also do both......

Make
- we make ice in those large square ice cube trays (I think for whiskey?) and we also have the individual ball ice tray to make large "ball" ice cubes......also I think for whiskey. We use our filtered water when making ice.

Buy
- for some reason, wifey likes the store bought ice with her Coke. So we buy small bags from the grocery store. I also question what type of water they use (hoping at least tap water!) but she swears it tastes better....lol!
- we also buy when we host parties. Fridge doesn't have an ice maker & I can't be bothered to pre-make our own ice.....

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