Are you a fan of ice cubes but don’t like the disposable plastic involved in making them? Here are three ways to make zero waste ice cubes at home.
The fancy zero waste ice cubes option
If you come to our home and ask for your beverage ‘on the rocks’, my husband will dump a few lumps of granite (affiliate link) into your glass. We love using those whiskey rocks (affiliate link) for any drinks we don’t want to have watered down. I’m a believer in using what you have but for some drinks, a real ice cube is needed, at least according to the man I love.
We’re in the process of moving away from plastic and single-use items, especially when an item classifies as both. I hate spending money on bags to make ice cubes, I hate knowing that some of that plastic might seep into our cubes and I hate throwing them away after a single use.
So, I fully admit that we are only part of the way through making this frugal change. You have to start somewhere and you can make real zero waste ice cubes at home!
The cool zero waste ice cubes option
I dream about having one of those cool zero waste stainless steel ice cube trays (affiliate link). The kind that supposedly lasts forever, meaning I will never have to buy another. Okay, with my better half’s ice cube consumption, I might need two, or three. But then I would never have to get another, right?!
My husband and I have a thing for kitchen gadgets – we love looking at them and we love using them. We are on a tiny budget though, so we have to plan our purchases, write wishlists and be patient. One (or three) of those ice cube trays (affiliate link) are definitely on our list of things to buy soon(ish).
The frugal zero waste ice cubes option
The thirds way to get zero waste ice cubes is with silicone trays (affiliate link) So why don’t we settle for a much cheaper silicone tray (affiliate link)? After all, we can get all the trays we would need for less than the price of one of the stainless steel trays (affiliate link).
Now, I could say something fancy about stainless steel versus silicone, but I would be lying to you.
The simple truth? We like the stainless steel ones better. They are more aesthetically pleasing to us. That’s where our love of kitchen gadgets comes into place.
I’m also not big on settling. Every time I’ve settled, I’ve regretted it. Not long after making the purchase, I’ve found myself pining for that thing I really wanted again. Needless to say, I try to avoid that at all costs and I’ve become really good about avoiding buyer’s remorse as a result. Even if it means I have to go a bit longer before I get what I want.
P.S. Am I the only one who is weirded out by the very blue water in photos of ice cube trays?
What’s your favourite way to use ice cubes?