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Molded foods and desserts add a decorative touch to your meals. One of the most common frozen molds is for flavored ice pops, but you can use small baking molds and decorative ice cube trays for fruit purees, ice cream desserts, and other frozen foods. The trickiest part of using molds is removing them after freezing is complete. If the food becomes stuck, the design can become ruined when you try to break them free.

Fill a bowl with hot tap water. Use a bowl that is large enough for the mold to sit in.

Remove the mold from the freezer. Take off the lid or any protective wrap on top the mold.

Dip the bottom of the mold into the hot water for 10 to 20 seconds. Do not submerge the mold completely.

Turn the mold upside down. Tap the back until the frozen foods slip out.

Serve the molded items immediately. Alternatively, return the frozen items to the freezer until you are ready to use the items.

Tip

Frozen foods pop out more easily from silicone molds. These have soft bottoms so you can push the items out.

Coat the molds with a non-stick spray before freezing the foods to help prevent them from sticking to the mold.

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.