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How to Make Crushed Ice

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Need a holiday hand? We've got you covered with two straight weeks of Holiday Survival Recipes -- the ones you can rely on to keep your guests (and you) feeling festive. 

Today: How to Make Crushed Ice

Last time, we advocated for finesse when pouring wine without a drop stop. However, if you need to whip up a fancy cocktail with crushed ice -- for yourself, or for your guests -- sometimes a little bit of brawn is required.

Watch Amanda crush ice in a tea towel first with a sturdy spoon, and then with sheer force (and, most importantly, a smile). Then, test out your own strength so you can crush ice for the masses, and make any of these classic cocktails.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz

Tags: kitchen confidence, crushed ice, cocktails, holiday, cocktail parties, how-to & diy

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2 months ago snowmoonelk

I use a rolling pin - more oomph than a weedy spoon!


about 1 year ago Michael Bradbury

I just wanted to let you know that I watched a couple of your videos, and I think you're inspiring!


over 2 years ago EileenLee

Just get an ice crusher. Rival puts one out for home use. Simple, fast, very efficient. No messy ice. And it is cheap. The towel method makes a mess and the ice chunks are irregular. Using a blender wears out the motor. I have a Vitamix which can handle ice cubes, but I still use my Rival ice crusher.


over 2 years ago cdilaura

Christina is the Vice President of Commerce Operations for Food52.

I like the crowd method. nice


over 2 years ago vmorton

Why not a blender?


over 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

This way is appliance-free! And it relieves stress, too, I imagine. Win-win.


over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I always find that ice gets stuck in my blender.


over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I love how gleeful Amanda seems when she's bashing the ice on the counter!


over 2 years ago Anna Hezel

Stay out of her way, folks!