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Thursday, May 15, 2008

How to make a super cool ice serving bowl.

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Summer is a coming in! With temperatures already soaring to 18 degrees celcius in sunny old Scotland it is time to turn ones thoughts to ice cream, fruit, ice cool punch and the like. If you are having a few friends round why not give this a go.

What you need is two plastic bowls one smaller than t'uther, some water, a crepe bandage and a deep freeze. Oh and a towel is always handy, splishy splashy.

First put some water in the larger bowl.
Second push the smaller bowl into the larger bowl until the water comes up the sides, then secure with crepe bandage or the like (I raided a bandage from my first aid kit). You should then have something that looks like this.

Large bowl with water in. A smaller bowl pushed into water and secured with bandage Third put the whole lot in the freezer, to make more space in my freezer I removed one of the freezer drawers. Once it is well and truly frozen remove from freezer and you will then have something that looks like this.

Large bowl with water in. A smaller bowl pushed into water and secured with bandage. Frozen.Fourth leave it to melt a wee bit so that the inner bowl is easy to remove and the ice can be turned out of the larger bowl. Taa da!
A bowl made of ice. Enter the stunt strawberries.
A bowl made of ice with strawberries in it.

These bowls are great for serving fruit, salads, punch (providing its super cool before going in), ice cream etc. Or you can just pop some candles in. Ice cream brought to the table in one of these melts much more slowly, soft fruits like raspberries don't go squishy so quickly in the heat, salad stays crisp longer. The bowl is surprisingly resistant to melting especially when you make the ice thicker. If you want the ice to be super clear boil the water that you are going to freeze, this removes some of the air from the water.Best of all there is one last thing to be washed up at the end of the night. I'm toying with the idea of adding food colouring and having different coloured bowls. Or maybe I will freeze some edible flowers in. Lots of possibilities.

If you have a go I'd love to see what you come up with.


  1. Is that the same gauze that you didn't want to give me when I'd sprained my wrist because "that would make my first-aid kit incomplete"?

  2. way cool! thanks for sharing this.

  3. Thanks so much for your technique and tips!

  4. Spruce up your ice bowl by adding flowers and other nifty extras to the mold before freezing.

    See example here: