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I rather liked these.,
This review is from: Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays, Stratus Blue - Set of 2 (Kitchen)I was surprised to see the reviews here.
* I don't taste 'rubber' from these.
* I do think the other points are fairly valid.
However, I still think these are really cool. Granted, they are not firm (no silicon is) so you have to hold them carefully after filling and put them on a flat surface in the freezer. Granted, silicon is not a slippery surface, so you can't push-slide them anywhere. Granted, they hold the cubes pretty well, so I twist it a couple times then tend to use my finger to push up on the bottom of the cubes I want to come out.
But on the other hand,
* They fit more ice cubes into a smaller space in my freezer.
* They are a better shape IMO.
* Unlike normal trays, they don't dump a dozen ice cubes everywhere when I just want a few out for a drink. I can push out what I want and put the tray back. So I consider this 'a feature not a bug'.
Now, if you have a need to very quickly use many trays of ice, so you need to be able to grab something, twist, get a shower of cubes, and move on, then this is NOT the ice cube tray for you.
But if you often use only some of the tray, and if freezer space is a premium, and if your fingers to push up on the bottom of a cube or pull it out are not crippled, then I think this is a great ice cube tray.
I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because some of the points people made are valid. It's simply that some of them are not any problem with the product, they are merely a factor of what the product inherently is, e.g., that it is not firm, that it will not 'slide', that all the cubes don't just fall out with a twist -- these are issues of silicon (or the literal cube shape rather than slightly slanted sides), which means it's a 'given' for the product, not a fault, just personal preference about this "kind" of product/feature.
If you want the cube shape, you get the "they don't all fall out at once". If you want the silicon, you get the "doesn't slide" and "isn't rigid". If you don't want those features, well don't buy this ice cube tray, and you'd have no complaints. I actually wanted them, so I think it's a good product.
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Initial post: May 14, 2009 6:03:41 AM PDT
Great review. I bought a bunch of these silicone ice cube trays including 2 of the water bottle ice tube cube type. what I did to help solve the problem of them not being rigid or terribly stackable was this: I took a couple of cardboard boxes and cut them down to make a base the trays could sit on and made two per tray. I then covered them with clear packing tape to make them water-proof. I fill the trays with water, sit the tray on the base, put in the freezer and then top the tray wither another base. The next tray goes on top of that base and you keep going. This way, you can pop out all the cubes at once and have a nice container full of ice and easily refill the empty trays. It keeps them rigid and in one place in the freezer. I made the bases about half an inch larger all around so that it makes a safer structure. That way if anything bumps into them while they're still freezing, nothing spills.
I love my silicone ice trays and won't ever go back to the old kind. They are easy to clean, the cubes pop out in perfect form and there is no taste of "rubber".
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 9:53:43 PM PDT
Richard C. Shewmaker says:
I don't use these to make ice cubes. I use them to freeze stock. Once I press out the stock cubes, I store them in zip top freezer bags, and the square shape makes them store much more neatly, and their size is handier quantities to thaw for use.
Posted on Oct 1, 2012 11:03:40 AM PDT
Actually, these trays are made from silicone, not silicon which is great for manufacturing semiconductors and ceramics. Silicone is derived from the element Silicon and is widely used to make caulking compounds and mold-release agents. Imagine the confusion when someone mistakenly refers to "Silicone Valley": a secluded canyon in the Amazon rainforest populated by artificially large breasted women.
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