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    I have a puzzler for you foo memvers!

    I have two identical appearing ice cube trays.

    I fill them from the same tap.

    I put them in the same freezer.

    Cubes come out of one completely intact after flexing the tray to release the cubes.

    Cubes come out of the other tray fractured and only partially released. The bottom 1/10th or so of the cube stays in the tray.

    What gives?
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Your icemaker is broken.

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    Do they sit one on top of another, or side-by-side?
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    No icemaker in this fridge. Our office suite has one of those cabinet sized under the counter icemakers, but it is broken.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Maybe a dirty tray, maybe the position of the trays in the freezer... I found out how much that matters the other day. I had a frozen pizza that was in the back of the fridge for 1 or 2 days, it required 3 times the recommended cooking time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Do they sit one on top of another, or side-by-side?
    On top of each other last go round. they are side by side now, as I had this same thought.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Of course, now that they're side-by-side, one could be closer to the cold air vent than the other if that wasn't the case with them being one atop the other.
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    uneven temperature zones in the freezer, as well as possible difference in surface conditions of the trays.
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    was it the tray on the bottom? maybe contact with the floor of the freezer made the bottom part freeze too quickly.

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    Let them sit for a minute or run some tap water on the bottom of the tray before you release the cubes.
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    Jello shot residue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Jello shot residue?
    Some other residue

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    Either way, fill those trays with hot water vice cold, for faster ice.

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...-or-cold-water

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    Maybe a dirty tray, maybe the position of the trays in the freezer... I found out how much that matters the other day. I had a frozen pizza that was in the back of the fridge for 1 or 2 days, it required 3 times the recommended cooking time.
    My workplace also uses an ice cube tray. I have found out that leftover ice residue in the bottom of the tray causes the new cubes to stick and fracture when they come out. There is only one tray and it always goes in the same spot in the freezer.

    So you can make sure the tray is completely clean before you refill it, or you can get all Foo Creative and put bacon grease in the tray to see if that prevents the cubes from sticking.
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    i blame George bush

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    I emptied the trays just prior to creating this thread. Rinsed both trays in hot water. Washed the tray that the ice cracks in with dishwashing soap and rinsed well. Refilled both trays with hot water and placed side by side as close to the center of the middle shelf as possible. Did not use any witch doctoring, druidism, prayer, foo power, alchemy or dark arts on the trays. Did not spray trays with PAM, WD-40, bass attractant, bacon grease or bear fat.
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    Perhaps you should have used some bass attractant.
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    When you have scotch on-the-rocks, use cubes from the first one.

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    and spell checker.... I suck at spelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i blame George bush
    bless your heart....
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    And Jseis said, "Let him that isn't stoned commit the first sin."

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    Well it's obvious the only variable left to test is which chain lube to use.

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    And the survey says............

    They both came out clean this time. The hand washing must have done the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    When you have scotch on-the-rocks, use cubes from the first one.
    Hope you realize that the rocks are just going to take up room in the glass. No room for them in mine, thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    When you have scotch on-the-rocks, use cubes from the first one.
    I find that one of those mini cubes is sufficent either that or a half teaspoon of ice cold water, in both cases wait five minutes before enjoying the elixer.

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    Do this:

    1. Mark the tray that produces fractured cubes... an "F" for 'fracture' would be appropiate.
    2. Try with "F" tray on top and verify if cubes are still fractured.
    3. Try with "F" on the bottom and verify if cubes are still fractured.
    4. Try with "F" on the left side and verify if cubes are still fractured.
    5. Try with "F" on the right side and verify if cubes are still fractured.

    If after tests, "F" is fractured consistently, we could determine that "F" tray is f'ed up.
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