Hammer Time

Our ice cube trays have been relocated to my classroom because I’m trying to minimize plastic in our house and they make great addition trays for math:

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I intended to replace them with the retro variety, but news flash- they’re expensive! And the only ones I found locally are made in China. I’m not sold. Unless we’re camping (in which case I buy bagged ice with a recyclable wrapper), I can live without ice most of the time. But every now and then… I crave a margarita. Here’s my free (and really fun) alternative:

Fill a lidded glass container half way up with water and freeze overnight.

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Take it out to thaw until the solid mass slips away from the edges and is removable.

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Wrap the whole hunk in a cloth napkin or two, making sure it’s completely covered, then put it on a durable surface, like a cement step, and hammer away.

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Pick your poison (I prefer 1 oz. silver tequila, like Patron, 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice, and 0.5 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier) and shake things up.

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It’s a fun after-the-kids-go-to-bed activity on a Friday night, and a sweet salty reminder of our recent trek across the southwest, where margaritas abound…

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4 thoughts on “Hammer Time

  1. Compost_Lady September 15, 2015 / 4:08 am

    Nice solution to the lack of ice cube tray! Question for you: you wrote you are using the trays in your classroom… are you a teacher? I am and I have been thinking of ways I can incorporate zero-waste into my classroom as well. What have you changed? I recently found a teacher in a nearby school who is starting to eliminate plastic completely out of her Kindergarten classroom. Would love to hear your ideas.

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  2. Near-O Waste September 16, 2015 / 12:46 am

    Yes! I teach K/1. A post about my classroom changes is in the works and should be posted in 1-2 weeks. Zero waste definitely makes you rethink everything! What do you teach?

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  3. Kathryn @ goingzerowaste September 17, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Love your ice tray solution and margaritas. I have always hated that super sugary mix – you’re more likely to get a sugar hangover. I’ve been making my own mix and I’ve never looked back… mmmm. I’m going to have to use your ice trick.

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    • Near-O Waste September 17, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      Awesome! I couldn’t agree more- isn’t is funny how one made with bottled mix is disgusting but a “good” one is amazing?! What do you put in yours? Making me want one…!

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