The Ice Box is used to store and preserve Food, reducing spoilage rate by 50% (so edible items stored in an Ice Box will last twice as long before spoiling). Brought the ice cream sandwich version of these to a 4th family party – every one raved about them – outstanding recipe even when made with a gluten-free flour. I was just lamenting that I want to make ice box cake for Thanksgiving, but the cookies were SO expensive. My mom brought some when she came at Christmas and after we polished off the ice box cake I sighed and thought, Guess that’s it until I’m back in The States.” HA!
These wafers are hiding at my local Kroger at the end of the ice cream aisle, on a little rack with hot fudge sauce and such! Watch pastry chef Abby Swain from New York City’s Craftbar teach you how to make tasty chocolate wafers to concoct the ultimate ice box cake. The two most important factors are to keep moisture out and have good air ventilation. My friends can’t get enough of it. Now I’ll be able to keep the cookie dough in the freezer and make the real McCoy of my own.
My wife wants me to build her several raised garden beds and the price of pallet wood really appeals to me; and the thought of a saw that handles nails without knocking the carbide tips off of the teeth sounds like a dream come true! Fans are ok when I want to draw in the cooler night air, but blowing around hot air during the day time doesn’t cut it.. My place just has too much exposure and too little insulation. I make the log version of this cake for my mother’s birthday almost every year.
The general comments were usually in the vein of can I have three or more of these?/can you make these every single day?” I used almond extract in the icing which added a nice bit of nutty richness. He took a 5 gallon bucket, wrapped the inside with two layers of swamp cooler matting, made a loop of hose above it connected to a submersible pump and ran a fan out the top with piping. This saw would be a great help as I always ask the guys at the big box store to cut for me ðŸ˜‰ Thanks & I really enjoy your blog & have learned a lot from your posts.
I caved and bought my electric mixer just for this recipe (to make it for my partner’s birthday) – it was $20 and well worth the money. You’ll naturally want to determine how big to make your ice house before you start gathering the necessary materials for its construction and size depends on how much ice you expect to use which, in turn, hinges on the number in your family and their consumption habits.
My family make something similar called a biscuit pudding which includes dipping simple tea biscuit in a weak coffee and layering it with cream and shaved chocolate. When we moved to our current house, we had a small chest freezer, but no fridge and got by via using empty 2-liters soda bottles filled with water which we froze and stuck in a cooler. When you’ve got a load, take it back to the ice house and start filling the structure. Keep in mind that you will need room for your block of ice to fit on the top rack.
I was going to suck it up and make one for my boyfriend’s birthday in 2 weeks anyway, but now I’ll do it with all fairtrade, organic, homemade goodness and love – thanks to you Deb! But ironically, America’s dependence on ice created the very technology that would lead to the decline of the ice empire—electric freezers and refrigerators. A thermometer/hygrometer does not know the difference between a root cellar & house basement….my point is, they measure the air around them no matter where they are.
What you need to do though is make sure your return water goes back into the pump shaft. Using it, you can adjust the size, shape, wall thickness and finishing details to build an icebox perfectly suited to your needs. But I like to make it the day before because I’m planning to bring it in the office the next morning. Luckily I had a huge container of whipping cream so just made the icebox cake instead and it was a great success. Tried to make these but the shape of the cookies did not fit into cupcake liners.
No one had heard of an icebox cake, but our local Wegmans carries the cookies all the time! I freeze the long life milk cartons- they make great ice blocks which dont fill the esky with water once thawed and if you don’t end up opening them they go straight back into the cupboard when you get home. But, I could not not comment on your latest post, having grown up eating & loving icebox cake and have been creeped out and off-put by the over-processed cookies & Nabisco stronghold on the recipe.
As you need ice, all you do is go in and get it letting in as little of the warm outside air as possible and always remembering to leave what’s left covered with sawdust. That’s why it’s used in making home ice cream: the salt speeds up the melting and since ice melting is an endothermic reaction, it draws more energy in the form of heat from the ice cream mixture. One of the keys is packing the ice in wood shavings: 1)to wick away any moisture from the blocks (dry blocks melt slower than wet ones, even just standing in air) and 2) to provide evap cooling for the whole structure. I’m almost finished with this project – just need to make the ice box covers and stain.
My first bits were too small and slightly overcooked, though making itty bitty ice cream sandwiches with them took away some of the burnt taste” to quote my other half. The cake was elegant-looking and impressive and served as the centerpiece for all the other homemade pastries she made…but I digress. I figured I’d make this post before my build, as I do some research and get the parts so you’d have enough information to build your own.
Unfortunately, chances are nine out of ten that the total amount of space isn’t filled with insulation if the box is of the standard construction, with the foam applied to the liner. What we’re gonna do is start with the basic idea that a guy came up with for cooling that is laid out in this instructible Great way to use easy-to-find stuff to make your life more comfortable or survivable. Thus began a little business I had on the side, while keeping my day job as a junior high school student. Even the best icebox will do a poor job of that if it receives massive, frequent infusions or warm air.
Prepare your wafer cookies, whether you’re making them from scratch or simply taking them out of the box. Magic Shell is the thing that you might remember from childhood, or you might be retro and use it all the time on your ice cream sundaes. And the next morning found me having to defrost the freezer to get the resulting ice sculpture” out and apart. A common mistake is to install a drain that is too small in diameter, so that small food particles – which inevitably end up in the bottom of the box – can clog the hose. They have the ability to keep their contents 40 degrees cooler than outside temperatures during the heat of summer.
Not much, mind you, but the more efficient I can make the system, the less power I’ll have to supply. Sometimes, too, it can be hard to find block ice and so you have to make your own — that’s our problem. Place the cooler in the frame and then mark where the hole will go through the side of the wood surround. They were so popular that some of the guests asked me to make the mints for their own luncheons.
So, months after seeing (and daydreaming about) the icebox cake recipe (thanks to your surprise button!) and this one for the homemade wafers, I might have the chance to make it for one of my best friends’ engagement party (yeap, that’s me, tiny gal in super tiny kitchen thinking BIG :D). I love the icebox cakes but I also love to use the wafers in my homemade vanilla ice cream and it tastes better than store bought cookies and cream ice cream.
I purchased a single two-part urethane-foam kit that contained just enough to fill the empty spaces around and under the box. My favorite, the cake made with Ginger Thins, gets topped with diced candied ginger; for my taste, whipped cream and ginger make a superb combination. Thanks for the reminder because you are right that long distance small boat cruisers know how to do more with less better than almost anybody. It is important that all shelves be provided with holes to allow air to circulate through the box, and never store highly perishable items at the top of the box, where it will be warmest.