I don’t have a HUGE freezer, yet I do make and store a significant amount of homemade popsicles each year. How do I manage? It’s simple…
Making and storing ice pops in a small freezer
Buy the correct popsicle molds – big huge popsicle mold sets are cool and all, if you’ve got the space. I however, don’t have the space, so I stick with single serve molds that can be stored single file vs. hooked together.
Buy molds with small platforms – I try to find molds with small platform bases that aren’t oddly shaped, because odd shapes take up way more room in the freezer. My one oddball mold is my Tovolo Star Ice Pop Mold Set (shown above), which I adore, but it has a super oddly shaped platform that doesn’t fit in the freezer well. Luckily, the molds are interchangeable with the Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds (also shown above) so I usually freeze star pops in the rocket platform.
Don’t buy a bunch of packaged foods – I buy a limited amount of packaged freezer foods, especially in the summer, when fresh produce is readily available. This is a good green goal in general and saves you room for stuff that matters – like ice pops!
Make more room for freezing ice pops – I bought a simple freezer shelf and it’s created so much more room in my freezer. You can place molds on top and freezer goods under.
Keep water in the fridge – keeping a nice container of water in the fridge serves two purposes. First, you won’t have to let the water run when you want a cool drink and secondly, you won’t need as much ice, thus saving room in the freezer that’s normally used up by a million ice cube trays.
Make ice pops often – I make fresh ice pops a lot, more so in the summer. In fact, during the hottest months we’ve made ice pops daily (we’ve got five people in the house). This means less room is needed and you get the freshest ice pops in town.
Don’t store ice pops in the molds – Mold platforms take up a bunch of space. If you buy single serve molds, you can place the ice pops in a plastic container, making it easy for kids to get their own pop out and you can store boxed frozen foods under the container. I bought an inexpensive plastic storage container for this, since we don’t eat out of it. If you can use the lid on top of the container, it creates more room.
If you’ve seriously got NO space available… choose ice pop molds that are extremely compact, such as tube shaped silicone ice pop molds.
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