How to Make an Ice Bowl for Shrimp Cocktail
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I almost didn’t post this how to because I thought it wasn’t “pretty” enough. Sometimes the things we do aren’t all that pretty, but it is good to know information. Here it is, how to make and ice bowl. I use mine for shrimp cocktail for a crowd, but you can use it for anything you want to keep cold, including all kinds of shellfish.
After I shared my Beach Ball Themed cocktail party I had some questions about how I made the ice bowl for my shrimp, and I want to provide answers for my readers!
Make the bowl:
You begin by finding two large bowls that will nest one inside the other. I thought these were the ones I would use, but at the last minute I decided on a larger bowl for the inside (to replace the yellow one).
You will set the smaller bowl inside the larger one, put duct tape across the top to hold it down and keep it from floating and then pour your water into the larger bowl. Put water inside the smaller bowl to help keep it from floating. Don’t fill the inner bowl with so much water that it reaches the top or you will end up with a giant hunk of ice that way and no way to get the bowls apart without melting it all.
You can add lemon slices like I did, just slip them down inside the water between the bowls.
A note about “clear” ice.
I did boil my water ahead of time this time, but I find if I boil it and let it cool completely, and then bring it to a boil a second time it does freeze a little clearer. There are all kinds of methods for getting “clear” ice, you can Google it and see if you want to try one of those methods.
Here are my bowls ready to go into the freezer. I added a couple additional pieces of duct tape after this to make sure as it froze the inner bowl wasn’t pushed up more.Here it is when I took the bowls with the ice out of the freezer. You can see I didn’t have it sitting flat and it froze over one edge a little. Before I tried to take out the center bowl, I just peeled off those edges. After allowing the bowls to sit out for about 10 minutes, the center bowl came out cleanly. You can see where I was breaking off the uneven edges. Next, invert the bowl on a platter or baking sheet. Leave for a few minutes until the bowl slides gently off of the ice. Don’t use hot water trying to unmold your ice, or you could end up cracking it. Don’t worry, your ice bowl is not going to melt significantly in this amount of time.
You have an ice bowl:
When the bowl slides off you have your ice bowl!Gently turn over your bowl and you are ready to fill it and serve! If you don’t have enough seafood to fill your bowl, you can still add some ice, cubes or crushed to the bottom of the bowl as a nest for your shellfish. You may choose to serve up your shellfish right on a platter like this and show off your bowl. I knew my party would go late and I didn’t want to worry about any melting, so I rested my bowl down in a large serving bowl. I needn’t have worried, it hardly melted at all throughout the evening.
Serve up the shrimp cocktail:
My guests were served up delicious shrimp cocktail that stayed cold and ready to indulge in throughout the party! When you are trying to decide how to serve up cold shellfish for a party or get-together, consider making an ice bowl to present it in!