Michelle and Jake Sendowski love homemade soup. They could make it, of course, but with just the two of them, what would they do with all the leftover soup? Freeze it? Overfill the container and it bursts in the freezer. Underfill it and you get freezer burn. Jake searched the Internet for a solution to the soup-freezing problem. Nothing.
Jake accepted the challenge. He has, after all, a PhD in electrical engineering and years of experience developing products in the Silicon Valley tech world. He and Michelle, a PhD candidate in higher education, put their heads together and soon they had a model built on CAD. They then called on their friend, Sasan Salek, for his experience in manufacturing and import/export in China and his fluency in Mandarin. The three founded Souper Cubes, LLC, to design, manufacture, market and sell novel kitchen tools. First out of the gate: Souper Cubes freezing tray.
Souper Cubes freeze soup, broth, sauce, and many other liquids in measured amounts. The trays have thick, sturdy walls made from 100% FDA food-grade silicone. The rims are reinforced with stainless steel* to maintain the tray’s shape and prevent spills when placing into the freezer. The reinforced rims also make the trays easy to stack. The lids are tight-fitting BPA-free plastic that keep your food fresh and your freezer free of odors. All Souper Cubes trays measure 11.5 inches x 5.5 inches, so that the lids are interchangeable. (The different size trays vary in depth.)
* Trays cannot be used in a microwave oven.
Souper Cubes Sizes
- The 2-Cup Tray has 1-cup (250ml) and 2-cup (500ml) fill lines. Ideal for freezing single-serving portions of lasagna, pozole or rice bowls.
- The 1-Cup Tray has 1/2-cup (125ml) and 1-cup (250ml) fill lines. Ideal for freezing single-serving portions of broth, stock, pasta sauce or soup.
- The 1/2-Cup Tray has 1/4-cup (50ml) and 1/2-cup (125ml) fill lines. Ideal for freezing ingredients such as pesto, salsa or apple sauce.
- The 2-Tablespoon Tray has 1-tbsp. (15ml) and 2-tbsp. (30ml) fill lines. Ideal for freezing baby food or ingredients such as tomato paste, herb butter and lemon juice.
Once the food is frozen, pop the cubes from the tray, place into gallon-size freezer bags and stack them up. Never has the freezer been this organized! And, since the bags are easily washable and reusable, you are saving money and doing your part to rescue the planet from the bane of plastic. Or the tray can go right from freezer to oven for reheating—up to 415ºF. The lids, however, are not oven safe.
Wash your Souper Cubes trays after each use, preferably in the dishwasher.
Souper Cubes are produced in China in a factory where workers are paid a living wage and their working conditions are humane. Every step of production, with the exception of the molding, is done by hand: the wrapping of the stainless steel wire rim, the trimming, and the visually inspecting of each piece. This attention to detail is evident in the overall quality of Souper Cubes.
Super Souper Cubes Hint
Don’t forget that you can also freeze water in the trays! Picture a bowl of your party punch with huge ice cubes floating in it—beautiful ice cubes with colorful ingredients inside: edible flowers, rainbow sprinkles, maraschino cherries, berries, cucumbers, lemons and limes, herbs, kiwis, olives, and pomegranate seeds.
Souper Cubes Accolades
- Souper Cubes are sold at Williams Sonoma, The Grommet, Food52, Sur La Table, and Amazon. On Amazon, Souper Cubes has been awarded the “Amazon’s Choice” badge and has thousands of 5-star reviews.
- Kultura, the online magazine for “culture creators,” chose Super Cubes as one of the “5 Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life.”
- Food & Wine Magazine deemed Souper Cubes “the best money ever spent on storage containers” and “game-changers” in the kitchen.