Recycling Freezer Pods

Recycling Freezer Pods

Recycling Freezer Pods

 

We take so much pride in being the original creators of the Freezer Pod mold! It started all the way back in 2009 when founder Sarah discovered a huge gap in the market for a solution to effectively store and freeze homemade baby food – without the issues of trays snapping, scratching or taking up loads of room in the freezer like plastic tupperware and ice trays! The silicone Freezer Pod mold was born and has been unbelievably popular with parents all around the world ever since, saving them time and money and enabling them to quickly feed their babies homemade and nutritious food at ease.

 

Although the obvious use for the Freezer Pods is to freeze baby food, one of the things we love most about this product is how it can be recycled and reused in so many different ways once you are past the weaning phase. In an age of huge eco concern and environmental awareness, it’s so rewarding knowing that we have developed a product that can be used again and again – and we want to help you do just that!

 

So we have put together our favourite ideas to help you with reusing and recycling Freezer Pods!!

1. Ice pops

Mix up your favourite juices or flavoured waters and pour them into the moulds. You can also add small pieces of fruit like raspberrys, blueberrys or pomegranate seeds. Next you will need to make some adaptations to the Freezer Pod by cutting some stick holes into the lid, which is very easy to do with a Stanley knife and a ruler. The silicone is easy to cut, so don’t apply too much pressure and make sure you’re leaning on an old newspaper to protect your surfaces. Once you place the lid back on, insert some old ice lolly sticks into the new holes – then slide the whole tray into the freezer until the pops ice over!

recycling freezer pods - ice pops

 

2. Frozen yoghurt 

Just like the above adaptation, you can also make frozen yoghurt pods with old ice lolly sticks. This time, pour a yoghurt based mix into the freezer pods instead for a delicious creamy treat (this is also a great way to use up yoghurt that has nearly reached its sell by date!)

recycling freezer pods -frozen yoghurt

 

3. Freezing homemade stock 

One of our most popular alternative uses for the freezer pods is to freeze homemade stock! The portion sizes are perfect to add to different recipes, and you’re able to pop them out individually without having to defrost an entire batch all at once.

recycling freezer pods - freezing stock

 

4. Freezing soup

If you enjoy making up big batches of soup but can’t seem to eat it all before it goes off, this solution is perfect for you! Freeze the leftover soup in the freezer pods and when you want to tuck in again, you can pop the soup pods out into our Adorabowls to defrost perfect portion sizes in the microwave.

 

5. Baking Muffins & Cupcakes 

Did you know our freezer pods are oven proof up to 240 degrees! They make fantastic baking trays as the non-stick silicone doesn’t require greasing, you don’t have to faff around with cupcake cases or papers, they are easy to wash up and they are perfectly sized! Have a look at our recent blog post on muffin recipes for some more inspiration.  

Freezer pod muffins

 

6. Jelly pods 

Make your favourite jelly recipe and pour it into the freezer pods as the mold to help your jelly set in the fridge! You can add little pieces of fruit to this too for a healthy and pretty addition to a traditional dessert.

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7. Breast milk storage

Our freezer pods are 75ml in size, so you can judge how much milk you are storing and how much you want to give to the baby, depending on their feed size. This also gives Mum the opportunity to say, just give them X amount of pods if someone else is doing the feed for you. Our pods are very sturdy with extra support underneath, so it won’t bend even when full. Most importantly, you are able to write on the smooth circles of the lids with permanent or ball point pen and this then washes off in hot, soapy water. So you will always know when the milk was frozen and when to discard it. Thanks to the flexibility of the silicone the milk pops out easily and can then be thawed in a clean glass jug, ready for pouring straight into a bottle. For more information on this, head to our blog post on freezing breast milk

 

8. Doggy icey treats 

The kids aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun! Add a couple of doggy treats such as jerky into each pod, then top up with chicken or beef stock. Leave to freeze and treat your pooch to an icey cold treat on hot summer days.

 

9. Floral and fruity giant ice cubes 

Pour water into each of the freezer pods and add in a couple of edible flowers, mint leaves or small pieces of fruit for a tasty and beautiful effect! Pop these out once frozen and use them as giant ice cubes in big pitchers of drinks or punch bowls.

 

10. Finger food tray 

Do you have a toddler that can’t have certain food touch other foods?! We feel your pain! Use the individual pods to store separate finger foods such as fruit, veggie sticks, popcorn, cubes of cheese, dip, crackers and so much more! (You should also check out our Scoopsy Plate which is great for separating bigger meals!)

 

11. Arts and crafts 

Don’t fancy using the freezer pods for food? They make fantastic paint palettes and play doh storage pots!

 

If you have any new ideas on recycling freezer pods that we haven’t listed above, please let us know! We love hearing about the creative ways you use our products in your homes!

Mini Xmas Puddings!

Mini Xmas Puddings!

Mini Xmas Puddings

This Christmas why not use your Freezer Pod to make your own little Christmas puddings? Take them along to a party to share with with family and friends.

You would be forgiven for thinking Freezer Pods were actually designed for this purpose!

 

They are really easy and you can create a real party piece that others will love to look at and then devour!
If you have any older children, this is a fun Christmas activity to do with them.  They will then enjoy eating them even more!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2½ oz (60 g) self-raising flour

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp ground mixed spice

  • 1 medium egg

  • 1 oz (25 g) butter, softened

  • 1½ fl oz (40 ml) black treacle

  • 1½ oz (40 g) Bramley cooking apple, peeled, cored and finely diced

  • ½ oz (10 g) hazelnut meal

  • 3 oz (75 g) currants

  • 200g mincemeat

  • grated zest ½ lemon

Decorate:

  • 5 Glacier Cherries

  • Ready to roll icing

  • Holly leaf cake decorations

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease the Freezer Pods lightly with a drop of vegetable oil.
2. First sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a medium bowl.
3. Then add the egg, softened butter and treacle.
4. Next, using an electric hand whisk, whisk everything very thoroughly together.
5. Now add the apple, hazelnut meal, currants, mincemeat and finally the grated lemon zests.
6. You are now ready to mix everything together really well and divide the mixture among your pre greased Freezer Pods, leaving approx. 1 cm at the top to allow for rising.
7. Place the Freezer Pods in the oven. Leave to cook for approximately 25 minutes, or until the puddings are springy and firm to the touch in the center.
8. Then remove them from the oven and let them stand for 30 minutes before carefully pressing them out onto a serving plate.
9. To decorate each pudding: roll out your pre-made icing and find something circular to cut out 9 circles (approx. 5cm in diameter). It could not be easier to place the icing onto of the Puddings and press them down. You can then simply add your pretend holly and chopped glacier cherries and your master pieces are complete!

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can buy holly for cake decorating in many big home wares or budget House2Home type shops. You could also use holly tinsel or cut out your own but it’s much fiddlier.

  • Pre-rolled icing gives your Xmas Puds an instant professional look and couldn’t be easier. Home-made gooey icing is also OK, but a lot messier.

  • If you use 2 different sized circles to cut the icing it makes them look more interesting on the plate.

  • We highly recommend doubling the ingredients and making 2 lots. One for a Xmas party with friends, one for the family. They freeze perfectly, so you can get the second batch (already iced) out of the freezer on Christmas Eve. Defrost at room temperature and then pop on the holly and cherries!

  • If you want to add a slightly more adult flavour, you can add a tablespoon of rum to the recipe at the same time as the treacle.

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurts!

For this you will need to make some adaptions to the Freezer Pod.  You will need to cut some stick holes into the lid.  It is very easy to do.  You can use a Stanley knife and a ruler.  The silicone is very easy to cut, so don’t apply too much pressure and make sure your leaning on an old newspaper to protect your surfaces.

frozen yogurt lollies

Or else the yogurt is usually thick enough not to bother with the lid, the sticks can just go straight in.

frozen yogurt lollies

For sticks, you can recycle those that were shop bought lollies or else you are able to buy packets of lolly sticks in many hardware or craft stores.

Ask your child to help you.  You simply spoon in some shop bought yogurt to the top.  Pop on the lid.  Stick the sticks through the holes and freeze.

It’s a really great way to use up yogurt that may be close to reaching its use by date.

They make a great sized lolly for a small child and they are so thrilled to have actually produced their tasty treat.

You can make the lollies more interesting by adding chunks of frozen fruit to the pods.  A clever way of encouraging extra fruit into your child’s diet.

OOOH YUM!

 

 

 

 

You will find frozen yogurts in action at the end of this video…