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The Pancake Chronicles: ice lanterns - how to make one in your freezer

The Pancake Chronicles

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

ice lanterns - how to make one in your freezer

  1. Get a small bucket or can with straight sides or sides that slant outward from the base.
  2. Fill it with water. Leave a bit of space at the top for the water to expand.
  3. Put it in your deep freezer.
  4. Wait until the water has frozen roughly 1-2 inches or so. A small coffee can took 6 hours in my deep freezer. You may have to play with this because of the variables ... just like figuring out how long cookies to bake perfectly in your oven. Check in on it and eyeball it. YES! Eyeball that sucker.
  5. Remove the frozen can from the freezer. Put it in the sink and let it thaw enough so that it slides out easily. Or, if you're impatient like me, run hot tap water over the sides and bottom until it loosens.
  6. When it slides out the bottom should now be at the top.
  7. There should be a hole at the top. Dump out the cold unfrozen water.
  8. If it has frozen over entirely and there is no hole carefully chip a hole into it with a knife. If you haven't let it freeze for too long this will be very easy to do. The ice should almost be slushy. Proceed with dumping the cold slushy water out into the sink.
  9. Ta da! You now have an ice shell in which you can put a little tealight.
  10. Put it outside in subzero and let it glow and give you lanterny joy within.


Blogger Sonya said...

You have no idea how excited I am that you've posted these instructions! If we get another cold snap I'm definitely going to make a couple of ice lanterns.

23 January 2007 at 16:10  
Blogger Rachel said...

They are gorgeous but it's all balmy here now. Pooh.

23 January 2007 at 18:28  
Anonymous Colleen said...

If you can try making the ice lantern outside. It's more fun for some reason. I'm not sure why because the only difference is that you open your front door instead of your freezer door .... I feel your excitement, Son! That's how I was when I first found out how to make them! They are SO cool. I love them!

Sorry to hear about the balmy weather, Rachel. Although I'm a wee jealous at the same time. :)

24 January 2007 at 11:16  
Blogger Koala Bear said...

Thanks for posting the instructions for making these, I think I will try this sometime!

25 January 2007 at 11:50  

any questions?

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