Freezing water fast is one of the most difficult and controversial matters to be debated among party-goers and event planners worldwide. While some people have homemade remedies for this problem, some of the methods used worldwide are tried and true, and such methods will provide quick freezing water with limited strain on your productivity.
One of the first ways to freeze water faster is to use hot, boiling water to produce your frozen delights. By using the hot water, oxygen is displaced, creating a steam effect. With this the molecules in the water are smaller, creating a shorter freeze time. With water being one part hydrogen and two parts oxygen, the displaced oxygen will make more space between the hydrogen molecules, creating ice crystals much quickly than using cold water to perform the same result. With this method, you will want to place the intended container in the freezer prior to placing the water in the container. Giving the water a cold base will ensure that it has the proper start to create the steam effect needed to displace the oxygen.
Another less convenient method, but also quite effective, is to place still water in a cold environment for an extended period of time, and then create a ripple effect with the oxygen displacement. By putting still water in a cold environment, freezing will not necessarily occur. Since oxygen displacement is needed to produce a freezing effect, the still water will be cold, but not freeze. Once a disturbance is introduced to the still water a single ice crystal will form, and then the crystals will run rampant through the water, producing a slushy ice water mix. This is definitely not the most accommodating way to get simple ice cubes, but for large ice production, this may be the most cost effective.
No matter what your choice is in creating the frozen water of your choice, you can rest assured that some of the common and basic rules of freezing will hold true no matter what method you use. The thing you have to remember is that water will only freeze if the oxygen in the liquid is displaced at a rapid pace. Whether this is by steam evaporation, rapid water movement, animals providing a current in the lake or stream, or the many other ways to make the oxygen move, frozen water is only a short step away.