Ice Trays: An Underrated Innovation
The ice tray (in my opinion, at least) is one of the most underrated innovations of the 21st century. It’s a genius invention, to be frank! A tray that you can freeze almost any liquid in; use it to freeze water for ice, freeze your home made baby food, preserve your herbs by freezing them in olive oil inside ice trays – the list really is endless.
But do we give the actual ice tray enough credit? Methinks not.
The ice tray has evolved over the years, let’s check it out:
- From the 19th century, our earthly predecessor used ice picks to simply hack away at glaciers to make igloo’s and keep fish icy cold.
- The 1930’s saw the first introduction of an actual ice tray; an unnecessarily long wait if you ask me! But they were onto something smart back then; the first ice-trays were made out of aluminium, meaning the ice stayed perfectly chilled when in direct contact with the cold, but the warmth of your hands underneath the aluminium tray easily released the ice.
- 30 years on, the 1960’s saw the first i9ntrocution of the plastic ice tray. Instead of the immovable aluminium tray, the polymer plastic ice cube tray was the first of it’s kind to be able to bend and mould, and easily “pop” the ice out of the tray. These are still around to this day, but there have still been further enhancements.
- The 80’s was a time for weird and wonderful inventions, not forgetting the topped ice tray. Yes, it seems a little senseless to add a covering to an ice tray – but the implementation of this means that you can stack your ice trays before the water freezes! That’s actually pretty genius if you ask me…
- The new millennium was all about funkiness. The ice tray didn’t evade this movement at all. We saw the very first silicone ice tray – and we were floored. No more “convincing” an ice cube to pop out your ice tray, nope. You simply pry it out. Personal best for me.
What’s your favourite type of ice tray? We’d love to see the pictures, comment below and send in your ice tray photo’s!