Yesterday I pulled a tomato paste ice cube from the freezer and chucked it into the sauce I was making for our lasagne. It was perfectly portioned, there’s no waste out of the big jar I bought and I thought I had to share this with you guys. I started to think about the other things that I freeze in ice cubes trays and have come up with this list for you.
I buy my ice cube trays from the opshop (check out an opshop haul video over on my YouTube channel), so I take what I can get BUT I do get very excited if I come across silicone trays, it makes for taking things out of them a bit easier.
Once your items are frozen I recommend removing from the ice cube trays and placing in a zip lock bag (that you of course wash and reuse) or a container, label and then Bob’s your uncle. Handing serving sized, useful food items.
Ingenious ways to use your ice cube trays
- Tomato paste. Buy the biggest jar of tomato paste, these jars are better for reusing, and then by using the ice cubes trays you get the perfect quantity for adding to sauces, while not having any waste.
- Yoghurt. Add the perfect amount to a smoothie and being frozen it’ll add a delicious thick creamy texture to your smoothie
- Pesto. When our herbs are in full season and going nuts I love to make a mixed herb pesto and freeze in ice cube trays. Then if I want to add to a pasta, lasagne or any sauce, I can just grab out the quantities I need.
- Coconut milk. Then you can use in so many different ways.
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cups. A friend of mine makes these mind glowingly good healthy peanut butter cups in silicone ice cube trays.
- Lemon juice. Juice all the lemons you can get your hands on and freeze the juice in the ice cube trays. Then you can enjoy your warm lemon water with the ease of grabbing a cube of juice from the freezer. And don’t forget to freeze the zest too.
- Coffee. Freeze cubes to add to ice coffee in summer.
- Passionfruit pulp. When it’s passionfruit season, buy up, spoon that delicious tart pulp into the ice cube trays and freeze. These are perfect for adding to icings, or defrosting to add to the top of a pavlova.
- Left over wine. This doesn’t often happen in our home, but if it happens in yours then these delicious cubes of wine are fabulous for deglazing the pan or adding to a pasta sauce.
- Aloe Vera. Nothing is more cooling on an accidental sunburn or kitchen burn than frozen aloe vera cubes.
- Spinach/kale/silverbeet. Freeze those greens to add to your morning smoothie.
- Herbs in oil. You buy a bunch of herbs, you use what you need, then the rest wilts in the fridge or the glass of water you’ve left it in on the bench. Instead of this happening, chop your herbs roughly, place them into the ice cube tray and pour olive oil over them. Grab them out and add to sauces, soups, stews etc for a delicious flavour burst.
- Seed Bombs. These are a lovely creative homemade gift. You can fill them with bee friendly flowers, edibles, or natives.
BONUS: Some great ideas from people via my Facebook page
- “The ones with the pop out silicon are perfect mouldy for yummy little tahini honey caramels!” – Carry
- “Lemon or lime juice if I had lots – perfect to thaw later for cooking or use frozen for margaritas” – Lindsey
- “I use when I juice kilos and kilos of lemons, then pop out and put into ziplock bag to use in recipes. That way I have beautiful, cheap, seasonal juice all year round!” – Leah
- “I use mine for tomato paste, baby food, veggie stock, garlic butter, frozen yoghurt for smoothies, lemon juice, puréed fruit, leftover coconut cream (to add to curries or smoothies) & chopped Spring onions and leeks in butter when grow too many.” – Kayla
- “We used to use them for baby food. Now I use the as watercolour paint trays!” – Amy
- “At Xmas I pour concrete into Xmas tree silicon tray and made Xmas decorations” – Sally
- “I use the silicone ones that are ok to go in the oven to make crayons from all the old broken crayons so they don’t just get thrown out.” – Lex
- “You can melt down old candles, add essential oils and you’ve got your own mini melts.” – Michaeli
Do you have any different suggestions? I’d love to hear them, leave me your ideas in the comment section below.