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DISCLAIMER: I’m copying and pasting a lot of this, so don’t hold it against me. 😀

Come summer, this is one of those foods that is always in short supply, especially in my house. Now, we have a way to “rapidly” make these, but somehow, we always seem to run out.

It’s hard to find a low-calorie, low-sodium, gluten-free recipe that the whole family will consistently like, and this one definitely hits the mark.

The one thing I particularly like about this recipe (in addition to its short overall time) is that it’s SO simple, even your non-reading kids can do it. Granted, they may need some supervision so there isn’t a huge mess, but that’s kind of par for the course with kids in the kitchen. And, distracted teenagers can usually make these, too, without burning down the house.

Enjoy! (and be sure to read all the comments!)


Ice Cubes

Total Time: 2 hrs 2 mins

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time:  2 mins


I am publishing this recipe, because I am sure that there are other families who have members who don’t know how or have forgotten how to make ice when the ice tray is empty.”


  • 2 cups water (approximately)
  • 2 tablespoons water (addtional if needed)


  1. Empty the ice cubes that are left in the trays (if there are any left) into the bin.
  2. Take the trays over to the sink and fill them with cold water.
  3. Place the water filled ice trays back in the freezer.
  4. Replace the ice bin if you had to remove it.
  5. Shut the door to the freezer.
Here are some of the comments:

“This recipe is horrible! Maybe I should have left them in longer than two minutes (the recipe doesn’t say how long to leave them in the freezer so I just kind of guessed) but mine came out all watery. I won’t be making these again.”


“I harvest my own free-range water, so the idea of putting it in a plastic tray and a commercially made electricity-wasting freezer disgusts me. I prefer nature’s method, waiting until the temperature outside drops below freezing.”
“I wanted to make your recipe but our well ran dry, so I didn’t have any water to make ice. Since I was having a party, I really had to come up with a clear liquid substitute so I would have ice on hand. A word of warning: when you make vodka cubes your BIL will hit a tree with his new car and your sister will never speak to you again.”
“I was wondering if you had a crock-pot version for this recipe. I work long hours and I just don’t have the time to invest in this kind of hands-on cooking, but they really look yummy.” (This is one my personal favorites)
“Oh man, so happy to have this recipe! My grandma died and took the recipe with her. You are a life saver!!”
“An absolutely true story: I had a friend several years back who told me the story of how he And his friend got arrested for stealing ice from the grocery store. When they went before the judge, he asked them, “What, did you forget the recipe?” If I ever catch back up with him I’ll be sure to forward this recipe on to him! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, and for doing your part to prevent crimes like these.”
“Thank you for adding the photos! They really helped me get a visual on when my Ice was done! And they turned out just like the pictures! My family was really thrilled! Thank you…oh Thank you!”

“To be quite honest, the coldness kind of takes away from the flavor.

My Indonesian in-laws advised me to sprinkle a little cumin and a dash of curry power, and it worked!”

“I made a few adjustments…… used a pot instead of trays. boiled instead of freezing. Added salt, potatoes, carrots and beef to the water. It turned out more like soup instead of ice cubes. Next time I will make a few more adjustments to try and get this recipe to work for me.”
“I’m relieved to notice in the nutritional facts that these delicious cubes are not sodium free. A touch of salt is so important to bring out just the right icy flavor. We make this fabulous recipe so often, we had to buy 30 or 40 bottles of bourbon and scotch to go with it…”
“This was so simple to make and absolutely delicious. I used fresh, organic water since we’re both trying to lose weight. Since it didn’t specify how many servings the recipe would make, I doubled the recipe and actually had enough for left-overs. I’m definitely adding it to my list of favorites.”
“WOW! I took these to my church’s monthy Sunday Potluck Dinner and everyone went crazy over them! I will definitely use this recipe again!”
“So easy and low carb/cal, lactose, and gluten free. I now have something I can serve to all my fiends with special dietary needs without worrying.”
“I will be going out of town for about a week. Do you think it will be OK to leave these in the freezer while I am gone? I love these and don’t want to do anything to mess them up while I am gone!”
“What a delightful recipe. I posted it on my fridge for safe keeping too and guess what – my bf made the ice all himself! What a amazing foray into the kitchen for him this was. He was so proud. We will use this recipe weekly for MANY years to come.”
Obviously, I could blather on about the comments all day, but I think I ought to leave you something to do in your spare time.  😀 Do you have favorite variations of this recipe? Leave me a comment!
You can find the original recipe here on Food.com.

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