Ice cube trays and moulds are designed to freeze water or other liquids into convenient, uniform shapes. They come in various materials, including plastic, silicone, and metal, each offering particular benefits.
Plastic trays are lightweight, easy to handle, and can come with lids to prevent spills or evaporation.
They are budget-friendly and available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, making them suitable for everyday use.
Silicone moulds are flexible, allowing for easy removal of frozen contents.
They can also be heat-resistant, enabling them to be used for baking and candy making in addition to ice cubes. The non-stick surface of silicone makes clean-up a breeze.
Metal ice cube trays, although less common today, are durable and will conduct heat efficiently – both away from the ice to freeze it, and into the ice so you can quickly run hot water over the outside of the tray in order to free the cubes.
Ice cube moulds and trays are not limited to freezing water. They can be used to freeze portions of herbs, fruits, or even coffee, to add flavour to drinks or recipes.