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Progressive International PLIR-3 Set of 2 Ice Sticks Flexible Ice Trays
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- Stick-shaped ice trays designed for use with water bottles
- Set includes 2 trays in blue and aqua
- Flexible design allows ice to pop out easily
- Each tray contains 8 molds; trays measure 8 by 4-1/4 inches
- Dishwasher safe
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|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 8 x 2 in||4.5 x 8.5 x 2 in||4.5 x 12.25 x 2 in||—||1.1 x 15.5 x 5.7 in||—|
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Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive, and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put into practice. Our in-house designers spend hours in the kitchen coming up with ways to improve on a variety of traditional tasks and tools. Established in 1973, our commitment to quality and service allows us to offer a broad selection of quality kitchenware and other household products. This Progressive International set of 2 ice sticks trays are designed for use with water bottles. The flexible design allows ice to pop out of the trays quickly and easily and each tray contains 8 molds. Dishwasher safe.
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They trays you get are made of a very flexible silicone/rubber material. It does not have a chemical smell to it, and produces 8 molds a piece (16 sticks in total).
- set of 2 for a total of 16 sticks.
- flexible material makes for extremely easy removal of the ice sticks(Can easily remove the sticks individually)
- sticks are thick enough to last a while in a bottle of water
- material is durable, thus will last a long time + will not crack after constant use
- MACHINE WASHABLE (top row)
- Trays are too flexible you could say. Filling them up and transporting to freezer is a recipe for disaster (**A simple solution to this problem is listed below**)
- First few batches of sticks had a "strange taste" about them... a faint taste of plastic. This was even after washing them before use. *Plastic taste was gone by the 3rd use of the tray and has not returned
For the price you get two high quality flexible ice stick trays. The sticks fit perfectly for a large variety of water bottles, and they last for a decent amount in a drink. The plastic after taste was very faint and quickly went away after a few uses. To be safe I would probably discard the initial batch you make with each tray(Better to be safe than sorry). Other than the initial after taste and above average difficulty in moving the tray(once filled with water), the trays perform as advertised. I would give the product 4 stars.
**NOTE: For an easier time making the ice sticks, rather than fill the tray up at the sink and move it to the freeze, bring the water to the freezer!
- Place Ice tray where you want it in the freezer.
- Get a squeeze bottle(like a condiment bottle for ketchup) or simply a cup of water. Just fill the tray up while it rests in the freezer.
This way you avoid having to carry the tray(s) to the freezer and risk the flexible tray from wobbling all over the place.
However, after receiving them and trying them, the super flexibility is actually a detriment in this case. Yes, the ice doesn't stick to the trays, but it's so flexible that it makes removing the ice difficult. You have to bend it around each individual cube in order to pry it out. Perhaps if the ice was left out for awhile and partially melted, it would slip out of its own volition.
I went to Bed & Bath and found a harder plastic version of this and it works much better. You can twist the hard plastic a little and bang it on a counter top and all the ice pops out. A few break, but it doesn't matter. It's much more convenient.
My intended use is to freeze breast milk in them and then place them in a ziplock bag for long term storage. This will eliminate the need for expensive bags and the square design will allow them to take up less space in my freezer and I can place them in a bottle pretty easily. I see the problem with trying to place several in the same bottle... still should be better and less expensive than the alternative.
I will likely purchase at least one more set so I can have a good production line going since the cubes are approximately 3/4"x3/4"x4" and each is probably about 1 oz. It took approximately 1 hour for the cubes to freeze in my freezer.
Pro: once I manage to make some ice sticks they come out very easily and fit into narrow mouth bottles.
Otherwise, product is good, just a smidge flimsier than I'd prefer but not too bad.
I just stick em in the freezer empty, and use a measuring cup to fill with water.