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Old 03-13-2004, 11:32 AM   #1
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What is a refrigerator tray?

I've been reading through a lot of old cookbooks from the 50's and 60's (looking for low carb ideas) and keep seeing recipes that call for the use of a refrigerator tray. They are usually 1 or 2 quart size and most often used for making ice cream and frozen desserts. Does anyone know exactly what a refrigerator tray is? I'm sure I'd have something that would work just as well, but I have no idea if this is a glass, metal or plastic container and what shape or depth it is. I tried doing a Google search with no luck. I'd like to see a photo of one, if possible, or at least a good description.
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Old 03-13-2004, 11:48 AM   #2
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I've always thot this was the metal ice cube tray (w/o the cube dividers) that was in every fridge in those days. I remember making ice cream in them.
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Zib, I thought of that. You'd just remove the divider thing, but would they have come in two different sizes - 1 and 2 quart? I did some more searching and found this photo on an antiques site, but it seems too fancy to be what I'm looking for:

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Here's a photo of one of those old ice trays:

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The second one is what I'n thinking of. Maybe there were trays that were deeper or made more than 12 cubes?
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Oh boy, remember those ice cube trays? They were pure evil!
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I found this on Ebay... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=2703
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That is beautiful, 3boys! It reminds me of some of the microwave trays I've seen around. But I haven't seen anything at all like it in the "new" bakeware products. Doesn't Tupperware have something like that in their food keepers? It seems that the ribs would allow melting liquid to accumulate in the bottom of the container without destroying the integrity of the product. Hmmmm. Now you've got me curious, Linda! I think I saw Martha use something similar on one of her shows for making Gratina's? I wonder if there is anything more??

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I, also, believe a refrigerator tray is an ice cube tray with the divider removed. They were ususally used to freeze granita or similar dessert. These trays used fit in the ice cube compartment and since they were not particularly deep, wide, or tall, the ingredients set up and froze pretty quickly.

Yes, they won't hold a quart, but two or three of them together might.
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The closest you'll probably come to the same idea now is to use a glass or Pyrex container... a glass loaf pan for smaller batches, an 8x8 square, or even a 9x13 for large batches. I think you can probably even find Pyrex dishes with quart markings.

The glass will be easy to freeze in and remove your dessert, and won't absorb any flavors from the freezer or ingredients.

Of course - you can do the same thing in a plastic container, if it's easier.

I *think* refrigerator trays/dishes was mostly a general term for the glass dishes they used to store food & leftovers in back in the 50s-60s (before Tupperware and all the plastics). You see them quite often at antique shows and flea markets... often with glass lids. The ribbed, flat trays were probably used to hold fresh/thawing meats, etc., so the juices would stay in the tray, rather than go all over the fridge.
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Old 03-15-2004, 03:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I found some great-sounding recipes in some of those old cookbooks that will be perfect for low carb with a little tweaking.
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