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1 X Ice Crusher by Westmark
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Made of durable enameled aluminum this ice crusher will crush ice cubes into tiny bits in a snap. Made in Germany.
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So, I searched amazon, as I often do, to solve this little problem. After passing over more elaborate, electric models of ice crushers and such, I found this one. And guess, what? It works! Yeah, it's a bit tough to squeeze the handles together in order to do the crushing, but it's not impossible, and I'm sure I'll find better techniques as I use it more. But it really does get the job done, without taking up much space (the other ones are just too darn big for what I need it to do), and it was reasonably priced.
It comes in two parts, a top and a bottom. They hinge together without being fixed to each other, so it's very easy to clean. Clever, actually. What else is there to say? For what we needed, this was perfect. If you need lots of crushed ice for, say, parties or maybe medical reasons, I'd recommend one of the more ambitious ice crushers, which will crush more than one cube at a time, like this one, but will cost you more. Happy crushing!
While the process of crushing ice is somewhat slow the results are satisfactory.
It took a bit of trial and error to get it right since the box has no instructions, only a product description in 7 languages.
*For those who feel it 'spills' the ice you have to squeeze very hard until the mandibles close completely, when you open it your ice cube will be crushed without spill. You will build up hand strength.
*Another trick to keep in mind, put your ice cubes larger side on the bottom of the crusher leaving the thinnest end on the top for better grip and keep the crusher straight to avoid spills.
*Final trick, keep the crusher inside the freezer, make sure to clear any remnant ice before doing so though. It will be cold and ice will not melt and make a watery mess.
I pulled a star from it due lack of comprehensive instructions but that aside looks like a keeper.
090616 EDIT: They fixed the product picture. Also after 3 years of use it is still working fine, the inner side of the crucher has lost is paint covering and just to be safe I removed the paint chips off the ice.
Update: I have now been using this product to crush 4 cubes per day for about 1 1/2 years. The product does the job, but does frequently take significant effort, and it's not uncommon for me to have to reposition the cube more than once to find it's fault line. I eventually wondered if there was a better way, and decided to give a mini-cube ice cube tray a try. I've now been using one daily for over a month, and IT'S MUCH EASIER!
I bought the Amazon "Arrow 60 Cube Ice Tray Frost Blue 2 Pack" It works like a charm. One tray makes more than enough ice for two cocktails. The cubes come out of the tray reasonably easy, and the tray is easy to fill uniformly using a reviewer supplied tip of tilting the tray lengthwise at about 30 degrees while filling. I'm sold! Bye- bye crusher; hello mini-cubes! The only thing I miss is the "hand crafted" irregular pieces that the crusher produced.
Bottom line, it's sturdily built, and a great way to make small amounts of crushed ice.
Here's a good way to use it. First, I use these ice trays:Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Tray
Next, put your cubes in a 2.5 gallon zipper bag: Hefty One Zip 2.5 Gallon Jumbo Bags 16ct (pack of 2)
Put two cubes in the crusher top-to-top and put the crusher inside the zipper bag on the counter top. Push down on the crusher until it closes fully. The plastic bag will catch any stray ice chips and you can use both hands to push down, be sure to keep your fingers from getting caught between the handles.
This works great on my boat where storage space is limited. Being able to crush two cubes at once doubles production.
Another good way to crush ice: Use the same ice trays and bag, place bag on floor and hit cubes with hammer or plastic mallet. No kidding - this works great! Don't forget to honor the safety Gods, be sure to wear safety goggles or other suitable armor - ice shards always go for the eyes! Plastic Mallets - size 3 plastic mallet
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