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Ice on Demand

Fine Cooking Issue 87
Photo: Scott Phillips
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Nothing stops a party short—especially in summer—like running out of ice. To avoid having to run out to the store, a portable ice maker, though pricey, may be just the solution. This model from Haier doesn’t require any plumbing or hard-wiring, so you can plug it in nearly anywhere, even outside on the patio. It’s pretty bulky—it has a footprint of 16 by 14 inches and weighs almost 50 pounds—but it makes producing and storing ice cubes in three sizes practically effortless. You fill the water tank with up to 1 gallon of water and push a button to start making cubes immediately, or program a delayed start time of up to 12 hours. In 7 to 9 minutes you have your first batch of ice. The machine stores up to 212 pounds of ice at a time, so you and your guests can keep your cool. It costs $192, and you can buy it at Shop.com.

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