Friday, August 27, 2010

Need a Cold one... Fast?

Here's how, from the DLM Blog:

How to Chill a Hot Beer or Soda in 3 Minutes

Posted: 11 Aug 2010 06:03 PM PDT

So my father and brother-in-law were over this weekend for a barbecue. My fridge was stuffed with appetizers and salads so I was only able to fit a 12-pack of beer. Normally, this would have been enough so I didn't worry about it. After a couple hours, the stash was depleted; the old man got into a groove and well, so did we.

I did have some more beer in the garage but the 90+ degree Chicago heat had rendered it useless for at least an hour. Now what? These guys all had designated drivers and, in all honesty, they wanted more beer. Little did I know, the old man had a trick up his sleeve that I had never heard of. If I had a video camera ready, I would have taped this because it was pretty cool (sorry, no pun intended there).

Here is how he took beer from 80+ degrees to (seemingly) 40 degrees in about 3 minutes.
  1. He took 6 hot beers from my garage and he placed them into a steel pot from the kitchen

  2. He tossed in enough ice cubes to completely cover the beer

  3. He then filled the pot with water

  4. Next, and this is the trick, he tossed in (what must have been) 2 cups of table salt.

  5. He took a large wooden spoon and stirred this thing up to be sure the salt dissolved.

  6. He placed the concoction into the freezer and in 3 minutes we had ice cold beer.
Frankly, I wish I knew about this little trick years ago. Apparently this works for wine, soda, or anything. The addition of the salt does something that I am admittedly not qualified to explain. If we have any experts that want to weigh in, feel free. I do however know that this works.

Written on 7/07/20079 by me, Jay White, the founder of Dumb Little Man and an all around average guy.Photo Credit: hizonic

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