For those of us without separate, large capacity ice machines in our homes, bags like this are a necessity at times — any time you need to fill a bucket or re-fill drinks for a crowd. And without fail, the store-bought bag of ice becomes a rock-hard, solid block if left to its own devices in the freezer. We always pull it out and heave it on the floor in big thumps, disturbing the neighbors, and usually breaking the bag so that newly separated cubes go flying across the kitchen. And you know what? There's a better option... ... although not necessarily less violent-looking than thrashing the bag on the floor over and over. It's an ice pick — pretty simple, even if it does double as a weapon. But we've never owned one, and it's not a kitchen tool we think about very often. Then we saw this one on Amazon: Commercial Ice Chipper, $6.95.
It seems like it would work better and be much less dangerous than the long, single pick type. Plus, it's cheap. One of those products that far outweighs its price in its efficiency. Anyone else have good tips for breaking up bags of ice? Related: Straight Up: How To Make the Best Ice Cubes for Summer Cocktails (Images: Sam's Club; Amazon)