If you’re like many Americans, the ice cube maker on your refrigerator is broken no less than 364 days a the year — and that’s if you’re lucky enough to have one. Most of us still rely on the ancient technology that is ice cube trays.

But even trusty trays come with problems. With only 12 cubes per freeze (24 if you’re fancy and have two trays!), you’re out of ice in no time, especially if you are entertaining. You probably freeze cubes ahead of time and store then in your freezer’s side bid or even a plastic bag. But right when you go to gather the fruits of your pre-planning labor, you find your cubes have fused together into an enormous indoor iceberg. 


Avoiding this situation in the future is a total cinch. Don’t let your ice cubes stick together in the first place. Here’s how:

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The sub-zero secret

The trick is super simple, and one your grandma probably knew about. Just grab a paper lunch bag — the kind your mom used to put your grade school lunchtime sandwiches in — and store your ice in there. For larger capacity, opt for “paper” at the grocery store and use those bags.

Whether you make your ice at home or buy it from a store, storing it in paper bags will keep it from sticking. Just fold the top down tight to eliminate as much air as possible.

Some sources say this trick works because the paper can absorb any extra moisture the ice cubes give off. It makes sense. Instead of extra moisture freezing and connecting two cubes, it’s sucked up into the paper.

So stop hacking away at your homemade ice blocks in hopes of salvaging them. Just use this easy, inexpensive trick, and sip your icy cold drinks without all the stress.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.