Forgive the Lack of Originality, But One Feels Compelled to Toss Out the Title of ‘Ice, Ice, Baby’

16 Responses

  1. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I wanted to see more about these bags, so I googled it. Natch, a search for "sectioned ice bags" leads one directly to . . . you!

  2. haphazardlife says:

    We have (had?) these here for the longest time, my mom used to buy them when I was young. The bags came packed in a blue box – they were called "Scubes" I think. The idea behind them was that your ice would never "melt" in the freezer since they were sealed. No more pulling out the ice tray to find the cubes half gone. I think I still have a bag of those lying around somewhere.

    "Melting" ice isn't an issue at my house since, well, you need a lot of ice in a shaker don't you? And in a G&T, and and and….

  3. Bob says:

    You might have mentioned this, you might not, so….

    I know that Turkey has a sectarian government, but I also know that it is majority muslim. So – do they sell beer & liquor in regular stores, or do you have to go to the special government-run liquor stores?

    Bahrain (my only experience with a muslim country) has the special govt. run ones. And liquor is EXPENSIVE! As Manama is the capital and it is full of infidel foreigners who spend lots of money, the bars and restaurants all sell alcohol, but when you get away from central downtown you run into villages where the restaurants are "family-friendly" meaning – no alcohol.

    So – since you are in a village, is there easily obtained alcohol? If it is gotten with difficulty, is it hidden from the neighbors, to be consumed in sinful privacy?

  4. Jocelyn says:

    Jenn: Wow. I have a monopoly on the topic. Who knew?

    Jazz: Again: who knew? I'd never in my life heard of nor seen these things…but, like you, I'd never had the issue of ice evaporating out of the trays, either.

    Bob: Turkey is such an interesting place in terms of the "We're 98% Muslim, but you can do what you want" vibe. It's very Western and very Eastern, and so all things seem tolerated. There is beer, wine, and liquor everywhere we've been–then again, we're in the literal middle ground (less Western and hip and open than Istanbul, but nothing like "The East" of the country, which seems a whole new trip unto itself). My guess would be that alcohol isn't much seen in The East–over towards Iran and Iraq. But I could be wrong. The liquor is crazy expensive, like $60 for a smallish bottle of whiskey. The wine, though, can be had for roughly $9 per bottle. We've been relying on beer for the most part, which comes in at about $1.75 per pint.

  5. kmkat says:

    Tell those Turks that sectioned ice bags are horrendous for the environment — all that plastic being used once and thrown away. But you and Byrom go ahead and amuse yourselves! Live it up! You are only in Turkey once!

    The word haphazardlife/Jazz was looking for was "sublimate". That's when a solid changes to a gas without ever going through that annoying liquid stage.

  6. unmitigated me says:

    It totally sucks when someone beats me to the geeky science explanation.

  7. Becky C. says:

    Hmm, all this makes me strangely thirsty. Think I'll go crack some ice into a little dessert wine! Just before bed.

  8. Deborah says:

    I have seen those bags in Canada – usually in dollar stores or Sears catalogues. I do believe. I guess the environmental aspect isn't great, as kmkat pointed out, but in a (literal) sea of plastic litter, a few more ice cube bags could hardly matter. So you just go ahead and ENJOY whatever it is that brings you pleasure, Jocelyn!!

    I love your sense of humour. and I love the fact that after a month in Turkey, you still have a sense of humour.

  9. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    One of my favorite sounds is when ice cracks in a drink.

  10. Pearl says:

    Only people from Minnesota know just how funny ice can be.

    Rock on, baby.


  11. Fragrant Liar says:

    Your very own individual ice cube? What will they think of next over there?

    I do hope you're putting those cubes to best use. Perhaps when the kids aren't around???

  12. Steve says:

    I bet they last longer, with now sharp edges around which warmth can collect. Great for Easter, too.

  13. secret agent woman says:

    I've never heard of those. And I was intrigued that Jazz had – why would ice melt in a freezer if things in there are, um, frozen? But I do like the idea of spherical cubes.

  14. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    I would think that frozen, cold, wonderful ice would be crazy popular in hot, dry, parched Turkey. It's not?
    Soon Duluth will be awash (?) in ice. And everyone there will be crazy jealous of you in Turkey.

  15. geewits says:

    It's funny how we take ice for granted. I'm glad you found a way. You gotta have ice, ice baby.

    Speaking of finding a way, that should be your motto for the year: We'll find a way.

  16. choochoo says:

    Hehe. We have those. Haven't used them since I was a kid, though. I remember having developed a teqhnique with sorta kinda tieing the ends to the fosset so that it would hang while you filled it. For minimum spillage, ya know. Course, they'd stick to the walls of the freezer and you had to dig the cubes out of the bag with a spoon…

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