How to make All natural Ice from scratch!


I have always had an issue with this recipe. Either it was too hard, too soft, or let’s face it….not natural! I normally just bought it in bags from the store, but with 6 kids, we had to start pinching pennies, and I figured I’d give this a whirl. It took a few tries, but I think I perfected it!


Start with an empty ice cube tray. I managed to find these at a store that was going out of business. Everything was on sale for 65¢ and these came 2 to a package, SCORE! I had looked high and low for these, but nobody had them! I went to every Victoria’s Secret and Starbucks with no luck. Starbucks was willing to sell me a cup of ice at a time, but wanted to fill it with coffee. Normally I wouldn’t mind, I love coffee! My kids, however, don’t, so I kept looking!


I added this shot, as a “what not to do”, so please keep that in mind. After I made this one, I thought it looked strange. Not what the pictures of ice that I had seen online looked like, so I did some research. Apparently, you are supposed to use coffee BEFORE it goes through the grounds… bad!


Next, you want to pour some water. You can use a cup, bowl, soup can, pretty much whatever you have handy. I would normally recommend a strainer for everythng, but I think I need a new one; something was wrong with mine and I had no water left by the time I got to the tray.


Depending on how many people you have in your family, you might want to only bake half the tray. I am not sure how long before these go stale.


We have a large family, so I decided to not only fill the tray entirely, but I actually made a few of them up. I mean, really, my kids can eat 18 eggs at one sitting!


Last, but not least, you will want to bake these at 32°F for about 25 hours. It takes a lot of time and effort, but anyone with a creative bone in their body should do fine at it.

There is also this whole activity on Melting Ice and Energy Transfer as well, you are welcome to check it out, but really…..

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UPDATE: No, this isn’t for real (The worksheet at the end IS). Seriously, I boasted about searching for an ice cube tray at Victoria’s Secret, what about any of this makes people think it is real? Yes, there were quite a few people who did.


Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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