How to Make Shaved Ice Without a Machine?

by | Jul 25, 2021 | Ice maker | 0 comments

You can make shaved ice cream without a machine by hitting a zigzag bag full of ice cream with a rolling pin or hammer, cutting and crushing it, or shaving it with a sharp-edged fork. We explained 3 more options (6 in total) on how to make shaved ice cream without a machine in detail, step by step as well as pros and cons of each option.

Option 1: Use a Mallet

What do you need?

  • ONE hammer or rolling pin or any other heavy kitchen utensil,
  • A waterproof zipper bag,
  • Water


1. Fill a quarter of the zipper bag with water, seal it tightly, put it flat in the fridge and give it a few hours to freeze,

Once the ice has formed, take the bag out of the fridge, place it on the counter and start crushing it with a kitchen utensil of your choice that can be used for pounding (ideally a hammer),

Continuously pound the ice pack until you achieve the desired hardness and structure,

4. Add ice cream, condensed milk, syrup and / or other flavor and filling in a bowl.

Advantage: Crushing ice using a hammer blow or rolling pin is the easiest way to make shaved ice without a machine, because most people already have these kitchen utensils in their homes.

Disadvantages: Knocking ice with a hammer probably does not provide the same consistency, texture and smoothness that a professional shaved ice machine would have.

Option 2: Use a sharp knife

What do you need?


1. Fill a square container with water, put it in the freezer and wait until it turns to ice,

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2. Once an ice block has been created, take out the container and let the ice thaw for 5 to 10 minutes to make it more convenient to scrape,

3. Put on protective gloves and sharpen the knife,

4. Take out the thawed ice and lay it on a clean cloth,

5. Start cutting the ice quickly in linear motions, taking care that the ice block does not slip,

Once you have cut the desired amount of ice cream, place it in a bowl and add other ingredients.

Advantage: Cutting ice cream using a knife is a cost-effective way to make shaved ice cream at home. The consistency and consistency of the shaved ice is better than with the hammer method.

Disadvantages: Cutting ice with a sharp knife can be dangerous if you are not wearing protective gloves. One can get a burn or cut oneself if not extra careful with this method.

Option 3: Use a fork

Things you need:


1. Repeat the first 4 steps explained in the previous section,

2. Hold the ice block tightly to prevent slipping,

Scrape the ice with a fork until you are satisfied with the amount of shaved ice,

4. Place the ice cream in a bowl and mix it with your favorite fillings.

Advantage: Fork is a must-have item in every kitchen. Using a fork to shave ice is an easy and relatively safe method.

Disadvantages: Scraping ice using a fork is time consuming and requires patience unlike the previously stated methods.

Option 4: Use an Ice Pick

What do you need?

  • A clean ispluk or a ice chipper,
  • An ice cream mold or a large plastic bag,
  • Water,
  • Gloves (optional),
  • A cloth.
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Freeze some ice cream in an ice cream mold,

2. Put on a glove, take the ice out of the mold and place it on a cloth / towel to minimize slipping,

3. Use the ice picker (alternatively you can use a chipper or a flat-blade screwdriver) and carefully chop the ice away,

4. If you are not happy with the desired texture, use a zipper bag and put the chipped ice in it and then crush it with a hammer / hammer.

Advantage: Almost all households have an ice pick, which is why this method is relatively easy and affordable.

Disadvantages: It takes some time to master the art of shaving ice with an ice picker. Initially, you produce large chunks that you will have to crush with another kitchen instrument afterwards.

Option 5: Use a manual ice shaver

Option 5: Use a manual ice shaverWhat do you need?


1. Fill a large ice cream mold with water and let it freeze,

2. When the ice cream is ready, take out the mold and let the ice cream thaw for 5-10 minutes,

3. Place the ice block on a cloth, hold it with one hand (wearing gloves is optional),

4. Place the ice scraper on top of the ice block and start pushing the ice away,

5. Repeat until you have enough ice, then place it in a bowl.

Advantage: Using a specially designed tool for ice shaving results in better ice structure and smoothness.

Disadvantages: You will need to buy an ice shaver if you do not already have one. Also, shaving ice in this way requires some testing and experimentation.

Option 6: Shave the ice using a grater

What do you need?

  • ONE grater (flat or box, although the flat is a better option),
  • Water,
  • A block container,
  • A towel / cloth,
  • A plastic bag,
  • Gloves (optional).
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1. Fill the ice container with water and leave it in the fridge for a few hours,

2. Take the container out of the fridge, then take the ice out and wrap a plastic bag around it, making sure that most of the ice is outside the bag,

3. Place a towel or cloth around the plastic bag and hold it tightly,

Use the fine side of the grater to shave the ice directly into a bowl,

5. Unfold the plastic bag while shaving,

5. Add milk, syrup and other flavors to the bowl.

Advantage: This is a relatively simple and economical method because most of us already have graters in our kitchen.

Disadvantages: You need to be extra careful not to tear the plastic bag while shaving ice.


Now that you know how to make shaved ice cream without a machine, you can enjoy a bowl of cool, iced dessert from home at any time. While each technique varies, try them all to see which one works best for you! And just in case you don’t want to bother with knives and forks, our guide to shaved ice machines or the ice crusher blender guide will come to your rescue!

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