Legend has it that Nero invented the ice cube by throwing boiled water in a glass vessel packed in snow because he was tired of hay in his drinks. (Snow was often stored under straw for use in the warmer months.)
Bernardo Buontalenti - architect to the Medicis - spent the last years of his life in the ice trade in Florence. He is also considered the father of modern ice cream. It is said that he served ice cream for the first time in1459 at the opening banquet of the Belvedere Fortress in Florence.
The Kold-Draft full cube is the "cold standard" in ice. (Most commercial icemakers produce ice too quickly and the cubes are too small, so they melt quickly. They are the only company that offers a machine that produces 1 1/4-inch full cubes.)
The oldest sweet tea recipe (ice tea) in print comes from a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, published in 1879:
Ice Tea. - After scalding the teapot, put into it one quart of boiling water and two teaspoonfuls green tea. If wanted for supper, do this at breakfast. At dinner time, strain, without stirring, through a tea strainer into a pitcher. Let it stand till tea time and pour into decanters, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the pitcher. Fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar. A squeeze of lemon will make this delicious and healthful, as it will correct the astringent tendency.
The Chinese had discovered how to conserve naturally formed winter ice for summer use by building icehouses, which were kept cool by evaporation. The harvesting and storage of ice are recorded in a poem of circa 1100 B.C. in the Shih Ching, the famous collection of Food Canons. There is also mention of a festival held when the ice houses were opened for summer use: "In the days of the second month, they hew out the ice. . . in the third month they convey it to the ice houses which they open in those of the fourth, early in the morning, having offered in sacrifice a lamb with scallions."
A fictional ice-nine is featured in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle. Real Ice IX does not have the properties of Vonnegut's fictional ice-nine ( i.e. the ability to freeze all water on Earth with the introduction of one granule).
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