BPA-free freezer gadgets

I’ve been wanting to make popsicles for a while now, but have been avoiding it because I’ve no idea if the molds we have are BPA free. In fact, since they’re older, they’re probably not. So they linger down in the bottom drawer in the kitchen, along with all the other plastic stuff I never use but can’t seem to part with for some reason. So what’s the problem with BPA anyway? Head on over to Environmental Working Group (EWG) to find out.

I just found a replacement though! I’ve been cruising the internet for stainless steel popsicle molds and have finallyfound one! The Tickle Trunk has lots of safer alternatives for food storage, including bottles, plates, cups, tiffins, straws and more.  They’ve even got a stainless steel version of your grandma’s ice cube trays, lever and all! I wonder how that’d stand up to pesto and smoothies, since that’s what I’ve mostly used our old plastic ice cube trays for in the first place.

Now that warmer weather is upon us, I want to be able to provide our family with frozen treats make from whole foods and these molds look like just the thing. Popsicles are a great way to use up “leftover” smoothie, and I’d like to try some flavored banana ice cream in these as well. As with the plastic molds, all you need do is run them under hot water for a few seconds and they pop out easily.

We started the week watching Sam Suds and the case of PVC, the poison plastic. We went through the house looking for the PVC symbol on things, and looked up some items we suspected were made from PVC that weren’t labeled as such. I was disappointed to find that Madame Alexander dolls (which Lucia received for Christmas) as well as the American Girl Dolls (which she wants for her birthday) are both made from PVC. Disappointed but not surprised — snuggle up and take a whiff, and you can smell that “new shower curtain” aroma. She has several cloth dolls, but wants the more sophisticated dolls with eyes that blink, arms that move and stay in place, etc. But I have a need for her not to play with toxic toys. So we’re going to have to find a way to muddle through this one so we’re both happy.

Comments

  1. Riley says

    I read this an immediately thought of our extensive LEGO collection. Fortunately, all LEGO materials manufactured since 1963 are made of ABS. Here is a snipet on the material from the internet: “ABS, which stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is more stable and holds colors better than does cellulose acetate (LEGO materials made before 1963 were made of cellulose acetate). This tough plastic (ABS) is also used extensively to make items such as automobile parts and building materials. ABS is still used today in the production of LEGO toys. In addition to the properties noted above, ABS is non-toxic, rustproof, heat-resistant, resistant to most organic acids and diluted inorganic acids, resistant to salt and animal oils and fats. Hopefully, your LEGO bricks will never see most of these elements anyway! Oh, and ABS is also sterile.”

  2. crunchybits says

    I know. I had looked up legos that night in my quest to determine what we have that is made of PVC, but they’re not, as you stated. Whew!

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