One would assume that ice cubes trays are the plastic ones that need to be banged against the counter so that they can be easily released and used. However, a great solution or alternative to the old, traditional style is the silicone tray. Much more flexible, available in several shapes and colors, these trays are loved and now a preferred lot over the old plastic ones which were seemingly difficult to use. So, what is it about them that should make you want to buy one? Let's take a look.
As mentioned earlier, there are numerous reasons why you should consider buying them. One of the biggest reasons is the presence of BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastic trays that can sometimes be transferred to the ice cubes. This compound is known to have estrogen properties, which is why the FDA has asked several retailers to get rid of any products that may have this compound. On the other hand, the silicone ones are perfectly safe to use. Apart from this main reason, there are several other reasons for them to gain popularity over plastic trays. Here's a list of them.
These ice cube trays are much more flexible than their plastic counterparts. To get the cubes out, all you need to do is gently push each one out so that it falls where it should and not go sweeping across the counter and on the floor! They are very long-lasting as long as they are not used in the dishwasher. Doing so creates a layer of hard water and soap on them, which can be harmful and also affects the ease with which you can remove the cubes from the tray. Only wash these by hand (use a dash of vinegar to get rid of any odors), and do not put them in the microwave under any circumstances.
There as so many shapes available out there that you are going to be spoiled for choice. These shapes include tetris blocks, penguins, water bottles, skulls and bones, stars, teddy bears, and many more shapes, that you can use to spice up a party for kids or adults alike. Some silicone trays are available in giant sizes, such as 2" x 2" squares that melt slowly in a drink making you can enjoy it for hours!
With the number of shapes these are available in, these trays find numerous uses. For one, the variety in shapes can be used to make interesting jello shots; for example the heart-shaped trays can be used to make shots to precede a romantic dinner! The penguins can be used to make jello for a kids' party and so on. Mothers are also using them to store baby food in frozen form because it is so easy to remove the cubes from these trays.
With the availability of these trays with lids the baby food is well protected and fresh! With the giant ice cube trays, sugared cubes or drinks infused with rich flavors are frozen, and are then popped into a juice or alcohol so that every sip can be greatly relished and enjoyed. Some even create an infusion of herbs in these. Furthermore, chocolates can also be made using them. You can just make and add them in milk. The unique shapes would do wonders at a children's party and get them excited for their drink!
The only thing that may deter you from buying them is their price, which is definitely higher than those of plastic ones. The starting price is usually around USD 10, and based on the shapes and sizes the prices may vary. You are likely to find great offers for these online. You may either get a set of three for a particular price, or get discounted rates but with additional shipping costs. In spite of this price, a lot of users believe it is well worth the investment because of its supreme uniqueness.
Based on all the aforementioned factors, you can now decide whether or not you would like to purchase these trays for yourself. You could start with one and see how you can benefit from all of its versatile uses. You can then decide whether or not you want more of these.