questionshave you ever frozen anything interesting into an…

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I froze a fly into an ice cube once. Sadly, I was unable to reanimate him.

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I once had the genius idea of making ice-cubes out of alcohol so that when your ice melts, your drink isn't watered down. Unfortunately the freezing point for anything over 40 proof is around -100 degrees. So instead I made ice-cubes out of different Sodas, same result, but more versatile!

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Those are really pretty. But do the flowers get limp when they defrost? I don't know about having limp flowers in my beverage. I have frozen lemonade to use as ice cubes for iced tea. It's kind of cool, as the tea becomes more lemony as you drink it and the ice cubes melt. I hadn't thought about including mint leaves. I make limeade for our cookouts. I dissolve the sugar in hot water and let it cool to make the 4 gallon container. But lately I have been brewing strong mint tea to dissolve the sugar in, and adding that to the lime juice and water. I also toss in a few fresh mint leaves from my struggling mint plant. I'd like to use more fresh mint but it's expensive.

I also used to freeze chicken stock for my dog to make him "meatsicles". But ice cubes often make my current dog barf, so I don't make them any more.

@eraten: Have you tried it with wine? It would be an interesting way to make a wine cooler or wine punch.

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I've frozen chunks of strawberries inside ice cubes and used them in sangria.

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My older siblings were jerks and I was a particularly vindictive child. My sister liked to eat ice. I put a vitamin E capsule in the ice tray once. It was hilarious.

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in college i got annoyed with my roommate and froze his keys in a large block of ice. does that count?

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Does mayo count? I had to use liquid nitrogen though.

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@moondrake: Give him frozen carrots. Great treat in hot weather, and since they're primarily cellulose they're more or less calorie-free. I've never yet met a dog that didn't like carrots.

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As a child, I would pour root beer into the ice cube tray so my root beer wouldn't get watered down with ice.

You live and you learn.

I do it with fruit juices now. There's something very special about freezing pulpy orange juice and sucking on the cube on a hot day. Can't describe it.

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I once froze a 3.75" figure of Han Solo in a cup of ice.

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I've done fruit for party punches or sangria, but nothing as pretty as those pictures. My youngest sister was a dill pickle addict for a while. She used to freeze the "pickle juice" to make Popsicles. (My mouth just puckered remembering that.)

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@eraten: That is why I keep 'the good stuff' in my freezer.

@carl669: You bet it counts. Keys = interesting thing to freeze in a ice cube.

@j5: Did you put a couple of drops of food coloring in?

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@magic cave: You haven't met Simba. Doesn't like carrots. Or peanut butter. Liked bananas for a while but not any more. But occasionally he will beg for another kind of fruit. He enjoyed an orange section on the weekend and liked the piece of watermelon I gave him yesterday. He loves cookies, cakes and candy. In very small portions, of course, and nothing with chocolate or raisins. I am not worried about his waistline, he's on a rigid diet as far as his food, he walks 4-5 miles every morning with my friend and exercises like a mad thing with his indestructible zoo ball. I just figure that sweets are not a natural food so he only gets a bite.

On the freezer topic, I remembered that when I was 10 I got mad at my teen cousin (we were both staying with an elderly great aunt for the summer) and sneaked into his room and sole all his underwear and stuffed them into tin cans which I filled with water and stuck in the back of the freezer. They didn't find them till after we'd left.

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At a family Christmas gathering I froze a ring in an ice cube. We were drinking orange juice. I insisted it was much better when it was ice cold. Everyone else knew about the ice ring. Took her so long to see it. Then we had to melt the cube. Fun!

I recommend the ice cube; don't recommend placing it in food. IIRC, Dorothy (Golden Girls) swallowed an engagement ring that was put in a baked potato. :-/

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@moondrake: "Simba," huh? Maybe the problem is that he isn't really a dog?

My dogs love everything you mentioned, although one is pretty certain we're trying to poison her until she sees the other one snarfing it down. Neither will eat celery or lettuce, although on occasion one will take it politely then go put it down in the dining room; I think he doesn't want to hurt my feelings. They'll mug you for a cherry or a bite of provolone. On very rare occasions they get an M&M or half a white grape; at their age (15) I'm willing to indulge them with otherwise verboten goodies.

Regarding your freezer antics: You're simply evil. I like that in a person.

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Cat food in ice cube tray. They when you are gone for the day they can eat it as it melts and not scarf and then be hungry.

I freeze slices of lemons, limes and oranges on their own. Pop them in drinks in place of ice.

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I like hot ice cubes. 18 jalapenos and 3 tomatoes - put them together and blend till smooth. After they're frozen store in a Zip-Loc bag. Perfect for adjusting the heat in batches of chili, Spanish rice etc.