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Published August 24th 2013
An amazing tool is sitting in your freezer
25 Unusual Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Frozen Yoghurt Bites
Frozen Yoghurt Bites, from www.superhealthykids.com


Ah, the freezer. A mysterious arctic land inhabited by piled popsicles, a startling amount of frozen mushroom packets, all opened and half full (what was I going to use them for, again?), fish fingers, broccoli and the occasional pizza. All strangers in a strange land, all of whose existences are of a transient nature and destined to have much warmer conclusions.

But what's that – jammed in the corner, under the porcini mushrooms? Why, it's the ice cube tray! The only really permanent inhabitant of the freezer, most likely. A bit of a relic, too – mass-consumption of homemade ice cubes is really more a thing of the past, when humans regularly drank soft drinks instead of coconut water. And yet he is still around. What weird and wonderful adventures await him in the 2010s?

Frozen Food

The suggestions below are more or less useful depending on which products you make regular use of. Since you probably don't have dozens of ice cube trays on hand, you can always transfer the cubes to appropriate freezer bags once they are frozen. Freezing food is also a great way to buy products when they are on sale and store them for longer.

1. Condiments

You can easily create single portions of frozen herb and spice additions for your meals using oil or water. If you're into making your own broth or stock, then you can keep some cubes in your freezer as extra flavouring. Then, simply add and melt into your dish while you're cooking.

2. Perfectly Sized Cookie Dough Pops

Freezing cookie dough is an excellent way to have a last-minute dessert/snack option. Simply place the desired amount for a single cookie into each little compartment, ready to be
transferred onto your baking tray.

3. Frosting

Want to add an extra little somethin' to your cookies or cupcakes? Always keep a handy dose of coloured buttercream frosting in the fridge for last-minute decoration.

4. Wine

I have heard talk of freezing "left-over wine" to later "use for cooking". Dismissing such a suggestion as absurd, I say: freeze wine beforehand to add to your homemade sangria or wine wine-based cocktail on a hot summer night!

5. Homemade Baby/Toddler Food

No need to waste any more of your homemade baby or toddler food: simply pour it into the tray and only take out the quantity you need for each single meal.

Chocolate Maca Truffle
Chocolate Maca Truffle, from www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com


6. Bite-Size Chocolate Treats

There are countless chocolate-covered delights you can make using your ice cube tray. See these recipes for inspiration:

- Chocolate Maca Truffles (Vegan)
- Mini Magnums
- Chocolate Covered Cheesecake (Vegan Option)
- Organic Peanut Butter Cups
- Strawberry Cream Stuffed Chocolate Truffles (Vegan and Gluten Free)
- Chocolate-filled Dates

7. Fruits and Vegetables

For all the smoothie lovers out there: you can keep little ready-to-use pops of frozen fruit and vegetable puree for a quick, last-minute fix.

8. Cheese for Pizza and Pasta Bakes

Soft cheeses such as cream cheese and ricotta do not respond well to freezing. On the other hand, semi-hard cheeses such as mozzarella and cheddar freeze very well, so you can stop worrying about rapidly approaching use-by dates and keep a ready stash of cheese to throw onto your homemade pizzas and pasta bakes.

9. Pesto and Tomato Sauce

Whether they are homemade or store bought, it's so easy to end up with left-over pesto or tomato sauce.Why not store them away in single-portion cubes for future use?

10. Juice, Berries and Flowers for Drinks

For a more tasteful chill to add to your summer beverages, freeze your juice. Add frozen grapefruit juice to your lemonade, frozen lemon juice to your ice tea, frozen pineapple juice to your Malibu. The combinations are endless! To add a little extra punch, freeze mint or ginger to add to your drinks. For a fancy garnish, try freezing whole berries or edible flowers in water.

Frozen Yoghurt Bites
Frozen Yoghurt Bites, from www.superhealthykids.com


11. Petite Popsicles or Frozen Yoghurt

Make some fun, kid-size snacks such as little popsicles or frozen yoghurt bites.

12. Coffee
Give your homemade iced coffee a little extra bang by using frozen coffee cubes instead of plain old ice cubes.

13. Eggs

Anyone who's made Angel Food Cake or Crème Brulee knows the plight of the unwanted "other half". Get the lowdown on how to freeze left-over egg yolks and egg whites here.

14. Heavy Cream and Buttermilk

Our recipes (as well as our diets!) don't generally require these ingredients in large amounts. Measure them out in tablespoons and store for recipes later down the track.

Non-Frozen Food

15. Candy

Ice cube trays can be used as a mould for your homemade candy or chocolates - especially if you have them in different shapes. A great gift option!

16. Sushi

Want to add an Asian touch to your dinner party? Try your hand at the ancient art of sushi and whip up those nigiris like you're a pro with this cute idea.

Nigiri
Nigiri, from lunchinabox.net


17. Jell-O

Here's another clever reuse: you can make Jell-O shots for your dinner party or Jell-O pops for the kids.

18. Pudding

Sometimes less is more. You can create handy little bite-size morsels of your favourite pudding for when you're feeling peckish.

Crafty Ideas

19. Bath & Body

This is a great way to decorate your bathroom and perfect as a gift idea. Use the tray as a mold for mini soaps, sugar scrub cubes as well as melting massage and bath bars.

20. Green Bombing

Whether you're an amateur horticulturist or a full-fledged guerrilla gardener, planting seed bombs is an effective way to give your garden a head start.

21. Garbage Disposal and Sink Freshener

Lemon vinegar ice cubes are a simple, natural way to clean and freshen up your garbage disposal.

22. Dishwasher Detergent

Have you noticed how expensive dishwasher detergent is getting? Whip up your very own homemade, non toxic dishwasher detergent cubes.

Winter Sun Catcher
Winter Sun Catcher, from spoonful.com


23. Paint

You can use the different sections of your tray to hold different colours when you paint. Alternatively, you can explore the use of ice and paint by making winter sun catchers or iced paint cubes.

24. Mini garden

Help your kids grow a green thumb with this cute little seed starter project.

25. Organiser

If all else fails, you can always chuck your ice cube tray in a drawer and use it as an organiser for small bits and pieces, such as a button holder or a bead tray for homemade baubles.
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21 and 22 are good ideas I never would have thought of.
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