We are routinely receiving inquiries from the community about freezing different objects into Klaris cubes. This can be a rather complex topic so it will be tackled in 3 different blog posts.
- Part #1 How do the professionals do it?
- Part #2 What have people tried at home?
- Part #3 How can the Klaris Ice Maker be used?
For some bars and restaurants, large, clear craft ice just doesn’t cut it anymore. Many have partnered with their local ice distributor to freeze objects like flowers and fruit into their craft ice. Each of these cubes can range in cost from $1 to $10.
As we explained in a previous blog post, ice distributors typically use a machine called the Clinebell to make clear ice. This is similar to a large bathtub that freezes water from the bottom up while a pump circulates the water. An object cannot simply be thrown into the machine and embedded perfectly into the ice. The object must be held in place by some method. There are two approaches typically used
1. A grate or rack is set at the bottom of the tub and the object (flower or fruit) is fixed to it. The tub is filled with water (1A) and the ice production cycle is completed (1B).
At the end of each of these processes, a bandsaw is used to cut the ice around each object to yield the desired shape.
Photo/Video credit The Sixth Bar
Photo Credit of Leslie Kirchhoff
Stay tuned for Part #2 where we explore how people are currently embedding objects in ice at home.