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23 Genius Ways To Use An Ice Cube Tray


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An ice cube tray is great for making miniature desserts, storing things like herbs or stock for easy use later on, and making unique ice cubes for cold drinks. Consider buying silicone ice cube trays; they make it easier to remove things when frozen. Once whatever you're making is frozen, you can transfer the cubes to a ziplock bag for storage in the freezer. Here are some things to try.

2. Freeze your herbs in olive oil so they don't go to waste.

Hard herbs like oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary work best for this. You want to pack the ice cube trays with ⅔ herbs and ⅓ olive oil. Find more information on when to use these herbs here.


10. Freeze buttermilk for future use.

Never again let half a container of buttermilk go to waste (it will last up to three months frozen). Just be sure to measure out how many tablespoons of buttermilk there are in each ice cube. When you're ready to use in a recipe, just thaw and add.


20. Use your ice cube tray to portion out homemade cookie dough.

Next time you make cookies, bake half of them and put the rest into an ice cube tray to freeze. Then when you want something sweet, you can just take one cookie out and bake it.

21. Freeze greens to add to smoothies.

Using raw greens in a smoothie is nice, but can take some extra work (and make for some weird fibrous mouthfuls) in the morning. Try cooking your greens first, puree in your food processor or blender, and freeze in ice cube trays. When you're ready to make your smoothies, just pop in a couple green ice cubes.