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I like Ice!

If cost or convenience were not factors, would you prefer ice cube tray ice, home ice machine ice, or bagged ice?

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  1. I'm not big on ice, but I prefer to have a ice machine in the fridge to the other options.

    (except when having tons of people, then I wil get bags of ice).

    1. I LOVE ICE!! You cannot give me a beverage that is too cold!! As ridiculous as this I do have a favorite ice cube style. It comes from commercial ice machines....they are square smaller cubes, that have a inverted dimple on one side, making it kind of hollow in the middle.

      I like my ice to fill a glass and these cubes seem to last just as long at the beverage does. Large cubes from ice tray's or home refrigerators cubes are too large. Crushed ice is just a tease for me.

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        I have been married for 29 years to a woman who still is amused by the fact that, upon our checking into hotel or motel, the first thing -- FIRST THING -- I do is grab the bucket and go get some ice. Her family never did this (her family never did a lot of culinarily normal things, but that's for another thread.)

        My son, when travelling with some school friends, taught them that this is what you do as well.

        My wife is of the opinion that what I like is not beverages, but Ice.

        1. re: jmckee

          A kindred spirit! No matter how many nights I'm there, the ice bucket is full for every one of them. The closer my room is to the machine, the better.

          1. re: jmckee

            I too am a fill the ice bucket first thing when staying at a hotel. In fact, I make sure I know where that machine is before I even locate my room. (My mom has plenty of funny stories about my dad wandering hotels and B&Bs throughout Europe in search of ice.)

            I rely primarily on my ice maker, but also keep a few trays in the freezer (heaven forbid I run out of ice). The only thing I use bagged ice for is when using coolers for parties/picnics; funny, I never considered using it in beverages.

            1. re: jmckee

              I, too, fill the ice bucket first when staying at a hotel. I love ice so I have not just freezer-tray ice, but a bag of clear ice. I love ice in most of my cold drinks so I always have it in the freezer.

              I'd love to have a real ice maker. My favorite little pizza joint doesn't have ice so I've promised them that if I ever won the lottery, I'd buy them an ice machine. Not kidding, by the way.

              1. re: jmckee

                amen on hotel ice bucket being filled as first task! even as a kid, that was my favorite thing about staying in hotels! love having that icy water on the nightstand, so clear and clean-tasting.

                1. re: jmckee

                  Finding the ice machine and loading up the ice bucket is the first thing I do when I arrive at a hotel as well. And my husband of over 32 years still thinks I'm odd. At least he realizes that I'm not likely to change. :-)

                2. re: jrvedivici

                  Yes!!! Those little cubes are wonderful!

                3. It depends on the beverage. For whisky on the rocks I like these:

                  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                  For most cocktails and refreshing beverages I prefer a home ice machine over bags. The exception being when I am at my mom's house. For some reason the ice that comes out of her freezer just doesn't seem right.

                  1. A safe topic now that Spring is here! Two weeks ago...not so much.

                    I must have ice in my drinks, as much as I can get. I used to have an ice maker in my last refrigerator, as I have no filtration/softening on my town's water supply. So when I got my new fridge, I did not get an ice maker.

                    But if as you say, cost/convenience were put aside, give me an ice machine, with the proper filtration/softener attached to the water line.

                    I like the idea of crushed ice, but find that at homes that have the door dispenser, crushed ice tends to spray all over the place when dispensed.

                    1. It does not matter as long as there is ice. I'll take it how ever it is srved.