Leak-Proof Ice Cube Tray

I have had numerous requests from people looking for a leak-proof horizontal ice cube tray, and I never knew of one.  The ones with snap-on lids just aren’t secure enough for use on a boat — water (until it’s solid) will still slosh out with the motion of the boat.

Lock-&-Lock-egg-cartonAnd then Victoria (see her blog, ForgeOver) told me her brilliant solution: Lock & Lock Egg Cartons!  Fill them a little over half full of water, put the lid on and freeze.  A few notes:

  • It will take a little longer to freeze solid than in metal trays, as the thick plastic insulates the water.
  • They have to sit fairly flat or you’ll get a solid block at one end.  You cannot use them as vertical ice cube trays.
  • Be sure to leave plenty of airspace as the water will expand as it freezes (the air will condense; if there is too little air space, the plastic will crack).

For this to work, you have to use the egg cartons with the gasket and the locking lid.  The Coleman “camping egg carton” is not leak-proof and won’t work!

The Lock & Lock Egg Cartons come in three sizes and are available on Amazon (sometimes available other places, but not consistently):

As a side note, I also love these for my eggs . . . they really protect them from breakage, and in the unlikely event that an egg does break, the mess is totally contained.  Read my article on why I like them best for eggs.

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  • Janice Fleischmann on Facebook
    Posted at 17 April 2013 Reply

    Brilliant !

  • Sarah and Ben (@BlueWaterDreamn)
    Posted at 18 April 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the great tip! Will definitely be keeping an eye out for these beauties.

  • Rose Alderson
    Posted at 08 May 2013 Reply

    A few months ago we went to the Seattle Boat show and we were thrilled to find a great vendor there called Get Storganized. We were able to buy lots of organizing stuff, egg cartons as mentioned above and …. a sealed lock and lock type ice cube tray which could be used vertically too. Once the lid comes off the first time it is hard to align things up again, as it was filled full, then expanded when it forze, but it doesn’t really matter because you can put it back in as is since the cubes you didn’t use are now frozen…or you can do what I do and dump the contents into a ziplock bag and fill it up again, to make more ice! (You can always use more ice!)

    We highly recommend their products and they have some seriously great ideas.

    Definately check them out.


    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 08 May 2013 Reply

      I’ll definitely look into them — thanks for the recommendation!!

  • Sue Freeman
    Posted at 28 October 2013 Reply

    Hi Carolyn,
    I recently found this Joie spill proof ice cube tray at Bed Bath & Beyond. I bought one and plan to try it out. I like that it has a “Tupperware” type lid plus an opening to add the water.

  • Chip Lawson
    Posted at 16 December 2013 Reply

    I have purchased a number of Lock-n-Lock products, including the egg containers (fantastic!!) based upon your recommendations but it seems there have been some changes at Lock-n-Lock over the last few months. I subscribed to their newsletter a while ago and recently received emails regarding a change in distribution channels and products. Seems they have dramatically reduced their product line and one of the products discontinued is the egg carrier. Their “classic” line only includes 17 products now – http://locknlock-usa.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=61_69&limit=100

  • Sea Salt Galley Kat
    Posted at 03 June 2014 Reply

    That’s a great idea! We don’t have a freezer onboard but use this at home. Holds 51 ice cubes and takes up so little space: http://www.fusionbrands.com/products/iceorb

    • Chip Lawson
      Posted at 10 June 2014 Reply

      Just received my Fusion Brands ice orb and wanted to provide some observations/feedback. First, the concept is fantastic and it looks like it will work well. A great idea. The disappointment comes with the execution. The silicone outer shell, which holds the water as it freezes into ice cubes, has a lot of extra “sprue” or shaggy bits of silicone hanging on the sides and bottom. With some effort they can be removed by rubbing the excess off by hand but there are a lot of them and it will take a long time. I have a number of pictures which show the problem.

      I plan to keep the item because the concept is so good but I think the silicone “bits” must be removed first because I am sure they will ultimately come off during the ice making, and ice cube removal process and while not toxic, I would still prefer not to ingest them.

      Bottom line, great idea, marginal execution.

  • John Brethauer
    Posted at 26 August 2014 Reply

    really like Joie Ice Cube Tray size extra large. Do not buy bottle type ice cube trays they are a POS http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/no-spill-ice-tray/69238

  • Bejay Grackin
    Posted at 27 May 2016 Reply

    I have been very pleased with the OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray. I have been using it for about 2 years.

  • Bruce Stewart
    Posted at 16 May 2017 Reply

    We have been using ice cube bags in Australia for years and cannot fault them. They are made by Glad (www.glad.com.au) but I have found similar products in other countries (see http://www.silvex.pt in Europe or Amazon.com – just search for ice cube bags or self-sealing disposable ice cube bags). You simply fill the bag with water, invert it to seal the bag and then drop it into the freezer. Each bag holds 32 ice cubes. The bags are disposable which is not environmentally friendly but we only use a couple of bags for a two week cruise. Very highly recommended.

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