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Safe and Durable Metal Ice Cube Trays

Updated on September 28, 2011

The Advantages and Disadvantages

Metal ice cube tray Have been around for many generations; long before modern plastic or silicone ones. While they may be a bit more expensive they offer a number of advantages over the other trays.

1. Both stainless steel and aluminum ice cube trays are more durable than plastic. They don't crack and when you consider the cost of replacing your trays periodically, they end up costing less over the long term.

2. Stainless steel trays are particularly prized as they add no unwanted flavor to your ice and there is no concern about anything toxic leeching into the ice you consume.

Whether or not they are harder to use is a matter of debate. It is different and learning how to do it properly matters. We'll discuss that a bit more below.

While metal ice cube trays aren't found in many stores any longer, you can find them here on this page.

How to Get the Ice Out

For people who have always used plastic or silicone trays, a few tips on how to get ice out of metal ice cube trays may be important. Actually, once you are accustomed to it, it may be a simpler process that requires no twisting.

These trays should have a handle.

1.When you remove the tray from the freezer, simply run cold water over the tray/ice for 15-20 seconds.
2. Set the tray on the counter to steady it, and pull up on the quick release arm. The ice will then be freed up and easy to remove and use.

This does require some strength, and in some cases the ice cubes may shatter a bit, but many people prefer this to large square ice cubes anyway.

Stainless Steel

If you want a metal ice cube tray that's durable, then a stainless steel tray is probably the way to go. This tray is made of 18/8 grade stainless steel and can last a lifetime.

Aside from being durable, it also won't crack and become brittle, ice cubes won't pick up a strange flavor from the tray, and it will freeze fast. In fact, you will no longer have to worry about toxic BPA leeching into your ice like it does with plastic ice cube trays.

Simply fill the tray with cold water, place it in the freezer, remove it once frozen, run cold water over it, lift the handle to break the ice, and turn it over to dispense.


If you're looking for a more affordable tray, then an aluminum tray maybe the perfect choice. These metal ice cube trays are still more durable than plastic and easier to use.

Aluminum ice cube trays are lighter weight than stainless steel but still freeze very quickly and have a quick release handle to loosen the cubes rather than requiring you to twist them. Even kids can operate these trays. They operate best when you run cold water over them before trying to loosen the cubes with the quick release arm.

These metal ice cube trays measure 11" x 4.5" x 1.25" and will make 18 large ice cubes. You can buy a single tray or sets of two, three, or four.


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      Maribeth 7 years ago

      I totally agree. I remember these metal ice trays and have so often had to replace the plastic ones.

      FYI don't buy the plastic ice cube trays at Dollar Tree - they didn't last 2 days

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I was wondering the same thing! Every now and again my mom will find one of the aluminum trays in a yard sale or flea market, but they show up seldom. I have an automatic icemaker, but I love these trays for freezing foods like homemade pesto and chicken stock before I put them into big bags in the freezer. Mulberry, maybe you do have ESP. :)

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Oh, how I wish I had ESP!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I was wondering just last night if they still made these! You have ESP!