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May 21, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe
You've probably never noticed, but ice cube trays are probably one of the most useful items in your kitchen. They can be used to store and reuse food, make fun treats for the family and of course and most notably, make ice. Let’s explore seven new ways to make use of your ice cube tray and with a little creative thinking, I’m sure you can come up with many more!
Herbs: Many of us stock up on herbs in large bunches and never wind up using all of it. One way to save these herbs is to freeze them. Put them in an ice cube tray with some olive oil and pop them in the pan when you’re ready to use them.
Wine: If for some reason you have leftover wine, freezing it is a great idea. If you don’t cook with wine, you can use the wine cubes in place of ice cubes when serving sangria.
Coffee: Ever make a tasty iced coffee in the morning, only for it to be watered down 10 minutes later because of the ice? Solution: coffee ice cubes!
Baby Food: Baby food can be expensive so many moms like to make their own. One way to store baby food is to put it in ice cube trays. This way it will last a few months and when your baby is hungry just thaw out the amount needed.
Popsicles: This is a childhood favorite of mine. In fact, it’s a great summer activity for children. Let them pick out their own yummy combination of fruit and juice for their frozen pops.
Egg Whites: If you aren’t a fan of wasting egg whites after a recipe calls for only yolks, save them by freezing them.
Stock: If you have any chicken or vegetable stock leftover, keep it alive by popping it in the freezer. Ice cube trays are a great way to do this because it allows for quick defrosting when you’re ready to make dinner.