It might come across as a surprise but ice cube trays do amazingly well when they go beyond their regular function of making ice – it is great for whipping up miniature desserts, storing things like herbs for easy use later, and making unique ice cubes for cold beverages like iced tea or cold coffee.
Here are some things you can try.
Freeze your herbs in olive oil
Hard herbs like oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary or even curry leaves work best for this. Mostly, when you buy herbs, after using it a few times, they tend to dry up and eventually end up in the bin. You can now chop these herbs up and store them in the ice cube trays in olive oil. Next time you make pasta, just scoop out a cube and throw it in the pan.
Store coffee in ice cube trays
After you brew your coffee, pour the leftover coffee into your ice cube tray and store it. That way, the next time when you are about to whip up a glass of cold coffee, just put a coffee cube and pour a glass of milk over it. Blend well.
Make wine cubes
If at all, for some reason you have leftover wine, make ice cubes for sangria or to cook with in the future. You can also use it to bake cakes or meat that call for wine in its recipe. PS if you put wine cubes into your sangria, this way you can also avoid dilution.
Freeze chicken or vegetable stock for later use
If you have extra chicken or vegetable stock, just pour a cup of it into the ice cube tray and put it in the freezer. You can use it the next time you are making soup or pho or a bowl of good old noodles.
Make mini chocolate and strawberry desserts
You can even make desserts and store them in your freezer. Melt a slab of milk or dark chocolate, and pour into the ice cube. You can now place a fresh piece of strawberry in it and freeze it. On days you crave sugar, you are well armed to fight your craving.
Ready to try a trick or two out?