Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Less Waste Pops

Beating the heat with The Conscious Shopper

The temperature here in Raleigh was 98 degrees today. With the humidity factor, that makes it sit-in-front-of-the-fan-all-day weather, but instead I joined my elementary age boys to watch their staff vs. fifth-graders kickball game. You're lucky I'm able to write this post tonight - we just about melted away.

Sometimes I think about how Southerners survived our long humid summers before the invention of air conditioning. In my head, the South of the past looks like Gone with the Wind with ladies in poofy hoop skirts and men in long jackets, but surely that's not how they dressed all the time, because oh my goodness, they would die. No wonder women in books were always fainting. I have a theory that women of the past actually spent all day in their underpants and only threw on clothes when someone came by to visit. If I didn't have air conditioning, that's totally how I'd spend my days.

But anyway, since it's so hot and since Retro Housewife shared a recipe for homemade popsicles the other day, I thought I'd tell you about my popsicle mold. It's the stainless steel ONYX Popsicle Mold from Tickle Trunk.

I bought it at the beginning of last summer, and we've made at least 600 popsicles since then. Besides the juice-cicles that Lisa suggested, I also fill ours with smoothies, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, tea, and sometimes even the fruity sugar water in home-canned peaches.

I chose this particular pop mold because it's made with high-quality stainless steel that will hopefully last us a really long time since I'm trying to update my kitchen with products that last. However, at $40, it does cost a pretty penny. Until I started writing this post, I had forgotten how much it cost, and honestly my first thought was, "Really? The Conscious Shopper paid that much for a popsicle mold?!" I must have been in a splurging mood that day.

Overall, we really love our popsicle molds, but I have found a few negatives:
  • We have to use disposable sticks. :(
  • There are a lot of pieces. Every day when I hand out the popsicles, I start chanting, "Do not accidentally put your lid in the trash!!!"
  • The shape of these molds is very phallic. That's not really a negative, it just makes me giggle. Yes, I'm really 12 years old.
If you're not willing to spend $40 on a popsicle mold, you can easily find BPA-free plastic molds online, or check your local thrift store.

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money and have not received any compensation for anything I wrote here. I just love popsicles.


knutty knitter said...

I just stick the wooden sticks through the dishwasher with everything else. They last a long time that way.

viv in nz

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@knutty knitter - Thanks for the tip!

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

My SIL was just telling me that I needed to review these. They certainly ARE phallic. Is there another stainless steel one on the market? Thanks for adding me to your phone book!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Betsy - When I bought this, it was the only stainless steel mold I could find, but i don't know if there are others now. When I was looking, someone suggested I buy kulfi molds, which are Indian ice cream molds. I've also tried using a silicone cupcake mold that I have, but it gave the Popsicles a weird flavor.

Honey said...

Ok...I'm 12 too because when I saw the picture I said, "Shesh...someone was compensating on that day".... ;)

I wonder if you could use washable chop sticks... Also, if the sticks were 'lacquered' with some food grade oil (coat after coat of olive oil works) it'd seal them and then you'd just treat them like your wooden cookware.


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Honey - The picture doesn't nearly do it justice. :) Thanks for the tip with the sticks.


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