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How to keep ice cubes from sticking to the tray

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Being slightly OCD, I find it annoying when I'm trying to remove ice cubes from a tray and they stick and break. But I've discovered a technique that reliably gets me clean, easy-to-remove ice cubes every time, and thought I'd share it with my fellow Hounds.

First of all, I use plastic ice trays - this might work with metal ones too, but I don't have any so I don't know (if you do, try it and let me know). Anyway, here's the trick:

* Never refill a partly-emptied tray.
* When a tray is empty, let it sit out and come fully to room temperature before rinsing and refilling it.
* Don't overfill it - you don't want the cubes growing into each other across the top of the tray.
* While it's freezing, make sure it sits flat by itself, not stacked on other trays.
* When it's completely frozen, you can stack it if you want.

I've been doing this for a few months now, and it works 100% of the time.

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  1. Silicone trays. Mine are penguin shaped.

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    1. re: youareabunny

      If you don't mind me asking, the trays are penguin shaped (odd?), or the ice cubes are penguin shaped (cute!)?

      1. re: youareabunny

        I have silicone trays that are square. Boring. And pistol shaped. Fun!