If you’re hosting a party or just want some ice in your drink, it seems like it should be easy to make some. But, if you’ve ever watched a tray of ice cubes or other containers of water freeze in your freezer, you know that it takes quite some time to get your ice to actually freeze. That’s because there are a lot of factors that affect how fast the water freezes, including the container itself, the temperature in the freezer and the surface area of the ice.
To help your ice freeze faster, it is best to chill the container you are using beforehand. This will ensure that the ice doesn’t melt too quickly and will help to keep your ice cubes clear and crisp. If you have the option, try using distilled or bottled water as it tends to freeze much quicker than tap water.
The size of the ice cubes also impacts how fast they freeze. Larger ice cubes will take longer to freeze than smaller ones, which is because they have more surface area. The same goes for ice trays that have dividers in them. These will also freeze slower than trays that are empty all the way to the bottom.
Colder water will also freeze faster than warmer water. This is because the freezing point of water is reached when the water molecules can no longer fight against the force of their attraction to one another. However, a Tanzanian schoolboy named Erasto Mpemba found that boiling water changed into a solid state in less time than colder water. This phenomenon is known as the Mpemba effect, and nobody has yet to discover the reason for this mysterious result.