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While winter camping, is it safe to put icicles in my drink?
Submitted by – Daniel, Chattanooga, TN
Generally speaking, yes, it’s safe to eat clean ice and snow during the winter in the wild outdoors. The same is not always true in urban areas where pollutants may be present. In the outdoors, pay attention to where you gather icicles. They will be cleaner if they hang from an evergreen limb rather than from, say, the hide of a dead deer. But if you hold an icicle up to the light and it looks clear and clean, it’s almost always safe. —Buck