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How to Make Shaved Ice Without an Ice Crusher

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

  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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Marley Parker has been a freelance writer since 2006, covering travel, food, health, fitness and women's issues for a variety of publications. Parker holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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