Watch three-year old Tristan make his own Eezee Freezee iceblocks below!
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Making ice-blocks with your children is supposed to be one of those simple, fun activities we're supposed to cherish as parents. But – dare we say – is it really fun? And is it really simple? Think about your average ice-block mould. You pour the liquid in, it overflows and sloshes all over the place, particularly when you're trying to make your way precariously from the bench to the freezer. Inconvenient? Yes. Messy? Indeed. But that's all part of the process. Putting the liquid IN is the easy part. It's getting your ice-blocks OUT which is the greatest challenge. All those hours, our little cherubs wait excitedly for their frozen treats, only to find when the magic moment arrives that no amount of wiggling and rinsing the mould under the tap is going to get those suckers out.
Making your own ice-blocks is a great way to save money, but virtually all the moulds available are so useless that everyone gives up and pays through the nose for ones from the store instead.
We have tried a number of different moulds but they all had similar problems, they were poorly designed. They were either too tall to fit in the freezer, too stiff so you can't get the ice-blocks out, took up masses of room in the freezer or were too hard to make, stupidly messy and/or were ridiculously priced. Then Fiona found the perfect ice-block mould and from it she devised a system for perfect home-made ice-blocks which her family have been using ever since. It is a great system! Easy to use, easy to freeze, easy to eat and easy to clean. Everything a parent could want.
You will need a packet of jelly crystals, a baking tray, a fork, a teapot and a very cute child.
250ml hot water
$0.39c packet of jelly crystals
250ml cold water
The first step is to put the ice-block moulds on their tray and put all the sticks in the moulds.
Try not to get too distracted by all the cool things you can do with sticks that have holes in the ends while Mummy pours the hot water into the teapot.
The teapot now has 250ml of hot water in it. Time for Tristan to add the jelly crystals!
And practice his scissor skills with the really sharp kitchen scissors. Cool!
Pour the jelly crystals into the teapot.
Pick up any spilled jelly crystals with your fingers.
Then concentrate really hard and...
Make sure you have cleaned up every last crystal.
Tasty :-) Now back to work. Use your fork to stir the jelly crystals.
Watch in fascination as the jelly crystals swirl around while they dissolve.
When the crystals are dissolved, pour in your cold water.
Pause and look up with those enormous eyes.
(Sorry, where was I?)
Touch the teapot and look really puzzled when you discover, "It's not hot! It's not hot!"
Then stir the jelly some more.
Next, on to the best bit. Pouring the jelly into the ice-block moulds.
Nearly done. :-)
I have been trying to find the right words to explain how easy it is to get the ice-blocks out of the Eezee Freezee ice-block moulds and decided that it is easier to show you. So I have pulled out my trusty camera and enlisted Master Tristan (now 5) and his little sister Elora (2) to help out.
Start by peeling the silicon from the ice-blocks.
Then keep going till...
you can pull it out.
YAH! We have an ice-block!
Now, Tristan can savour the sweet taste of success!
Tristan's little sister Elora watched him remove the ice-blocks from the moulds and wanted to give it a go herself.
Notice how, with these sticks, even though she has been eating it for ages it is still staying on the stick. This is because the sticks are long, the ice-blocks are narrow and they are made from a packet of jelly. This also means the ice-block doesn't melt and run down little hands and arms - less cleaning up for Mum!
SHE IS SO CUTE! And the ice-block is still hanging on. Most ice-blocks would have fallen off the stick and the child would be crying by this stage.
Sometimes, when kids eat ice-blocks strange things do happen and even these ice-blocks are not 100% immune from falling off the stick. So I wanted to show you what happens to these ice-blocks when they are dropped on the ground.
30 minutes out of the freezer. 10 minutes on the ground.
50 minutes out of the freezer. 30 minutes on the ground.
Around three hours later.
Even though it has been there long enough for the ants to move in it hasn't left a massive gooey trail. Imagine the mess any other ice-block would have made.