How to Make Shaved Ice Without an Ice Crusher

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How to Make Shaved Ice Without an Ice Crusher
You can make shaved ice at home for a cool summertime treat. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Warm weather means cold treats -- and snow cones or shaved ice are summertime favourites. If you don't have a specialised ice-crushing machine, a blender or food processor can create a homemade version of this seasonal goody.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ice cubes
  • Blender or food processor
  • Bowl or cup

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  1. 1

    Make sure the proper blade is installed in your blender or food processor. A standard blade should work well.

  2. 2

    Keep blades sharp, as ice can dull them quickly. Consult your owner's manual for sharpening instructions regarding your specific machine.

  3. 3

    Fill the blender or food processor about halfway with ice. Do not fill to the top or all the ice will not be broken up. To make a large amount of shaved ice, you'll need to repeat the process several times.

  4. 4

    Press the machine's pulse, blend or chop button for no more than a few seconds at a time. If your machine has an ice-shaving setting or attachment, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. 5

    Shake the container as the ice begins to break up, shifting the contents and bringing unbroken ice cubes closer to the blade.

  6. 6

    Use a spoon to help pour your shaved ice into a bowl. If you need more, place the bowl in the freezer until ready for use.

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