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Ever Wondered How Ancient People Used To Make Ice Without Refrigerator?

Summers are here, and there is one common thing which we all do love at this time is ice. Whether you want to put some of it in your drink or maybe you just want to rub it all over your body, ice is the best thing in summer. And from where do we get ice? Of course from the refrigerator. 

Well, have you ever wondered how ancient people used to make ice before the invention of the refrigerator? I'm not talking about 19th or 20th century; I'm talking about earlier than 1000 B.C.

Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Indians developed their methods to freeze ice in ancient times, and these methods were quite impressive. Can't believe? Then, have a look at it by your own.

Ever Wondered How Ancient People Used To Make Ice Without Refrigerator?

Ever Wondered How Ancient People Used To Make Ice Without Refrigerator?

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Skimming ice from water-filled pots in 1828 near Allahabad, India.

Skimming ice from water-filled pots in 1828 near Allahabad, India.

Egyptians made ice by putting boiling water in shallow earthen jars and placing them on the roof of their house at night.

Egyptians made ice by putting boiling water in shallow earthen jars and placing them on the roof of their house at night.

Their slaves used to moisten the outside of the jars, and the resulting evaporation would cool the water below freezing point.

The Persian used to store ice in a pit called Yakhchal, and they were probably the first group of people to use cold storage to preserve food in those times.

The Persian used to store ice in a pit called Yakhchal, and they were probably the first group of people to use cold storage to preserve food in those times.

Though the Romans, Greeks, and Jews didn't use ice to preserve foods but used it as the means to cool beverages.

Though the Romans, Greeks, and Jews didn't use ice to preserve foods but used it as the means to cool beverages.

After 1800, Ice Harvesting came into the picture.

After 1800, Ice Harvesting came into the picture.

People started cutting the pieces of ice from the frozen lakes and began to store them in the cold storage made of straw and saw dust.

People started cutting the pieces of ice from the frozen lakes and began to store them in the cold storage made of straw and saw dust.

Finally, this guy Frederic Tudor revolutionized the whole ice harvesting business by harvesting ice in New England and shipping it to Caribbean Islands and even as far as India. 

Finally, this guy Frederic Tudor revolutionized the whole ice harvesting business by harvesting ice in New England and shipping it to Caribbean Islands and even as far as India. 

Well, that's how whole Ice business came into the picture and still going on, though the methods of freezing ice are changed in the modern era.

Well, that's how whole Ice business came into the picture and still going on, though the methods of freezing ice are changed in the modern era.

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