It’s September, and everyone may be returning to school, but the summer feeling does not have to end just yet. I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to let summer go! I absolutely love the feeling of being outside in the summer sun and then coming inside to cool off with a sweet treat, and the long days, the picnics, and the hot summer nights are just an absolute delight. Popsicles or ice cream in a cone are such a quintessential nostalgic summer treat that are just as fun for kids and adults alike. So, let’s keep the feeling alive with these plastic-free popsicles. Eco-friendly and delish!
If you and your family have been wanting to become more sustainable but have felt a bit confused on how or where to start, I always love encouraging others to start in the kitchen.
Making your own treats at home is a spectacularly easy and fun way to cut down on food and plastic waste. Reducing our food waste can have a large positive impact on the environment, and making your own popsicles is a great way to start…no really it is, and let me share why!
Nearly one-third of food produced for human consumption (about 1.3 billion tons) gets wasted each year according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. A simple way to reduce this…if you have too many fruits or veggies that you know your family will not consume before they go bad, freeze them and use them for smoothies or popsicles at a later time.
Using what we already have in the pantry or in the refrigerator is another great way to reduce food waste at home.
There is no need to go out to the store and buy a ton of ingredients for a popsicle recipe! It’s fun to be creative in the kitchen, so why not improvise with something you already have?
Making your own popsicles will insure that you are using simple ingredients with no hidden sugars or weird add-ins, and they’re quick and easy to make.
*ANOTHER BONUS I haven’t quite timed it out, but I’m guessing, without the freeze time, it will take 10 minutes max to make six popsicles, which is way less time than driving to the store, picking up the ice pops and bringing them home. I’m all about an eco-friendly option that will save you time and money in the long run.
Making a popsicle really only requires two things. Here are the basics…
FRUIT- Any fresh or frozen fruits are a sure way to make a naturally sweet and delicious pop. The possibilities are endless. I like to use mangoes, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, the list goes on and on. The benefits of using frozen fruit are that they will help your popsicle freeze even faster if you’re in a time crunch.
LIQUID- The possibilities here are incredible! Coconut water, plant-based milks, lemonade, coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, or even plain old tap water will do just fine.
Okay…so now we know the ingredients can be simple, but what about the popsicle molds?
There are so many options out there for popsicle molds made from various materials, but one thing to keep in mind...
If you are hoping to become more sustainable, consider buying things that are durable, long-lasting, and made from a 100% recyclable material, like stainless steel.
Choosing the popsicle mold shape and size is the fun part! You can go for the classic look with these stainless steel flat shaped molds or have fun with these round molds. The fun doesn’t even have to stop there! If you’re just looking for a small treat, try these mini molds that hold about 2 oz. each. Most of these molds come with reusable stainless steel sticks or bamboo. The thing about bamboo sticks… they can be reused 3 times with just a simple wash with soap and warm water, and when you’re all finished with them they are fully compostable, making this truly a zero-waste treat that you can feel great about eating.
Using stainless steel molds means that you could whip up some popsicles in the morning and they will be ready to enjoy by late afternoon…perfect for an after school treat!
I’ve been using the flat shape reusable stainless steel popsicle molds for over a year now, and let me share what I love the most and what I’ve learned.
- You can easily achieve a professional look, just like those specialty pops you buy at the ice cream shop for $4 each.
- Each mold will hold about 3 oz. of liquid, but don’t fill them all the way. When the liquid freezes it will expand, so leave a little room so you don’t end up with a sticky mess in your freezer.
- Storing the popsicles is easy. Just leave them right in their molds until you’re ready to enjoy. The popsicles might need a little help releasing from the molds. Just run a bit of warm water over them for 5-10 seconds and start to wiggle, they will release.
- Cleanup is incredibly easy as they are dishwasher safe.
Let me give you one last idea!
Have you ever considered serving them for the dessert course at an outdoor dinner party with friends? I promise it will be a hit! Especially if you make these peanut butter coconut popsicles with pistachio and chocolate, which are almost too beautiful to eat. Talk about a beautiful ending to a meal.
Want even more plastic-free popsicle recipes? Any time you want to feel like you’re back on summer vacation, you can find all the recipes here on the Ecozoi blog. The great thing about making homemade popsicles is that they will always be fresh and there is really no way to mess them up. Just go for it and enjoy friends!
This guest post is written by Melyssa Giangarlo, an eco-blogger and content creator with a focus to share achievable sustainable living tips for everyday routines.
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