Kitchen Hacks | 8 Clever Ways to Reuse Ice Trays
Are those old ice cube trays collecting dust in your cabinet? They shouldn’t be! These inexpensive kitchen tools can be used for more than just creating ice cubes.
We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ways to reuse old ice trays to help you better your cooking skills. From herb-infused cooking marinades to quick clean up hacks, you’ll be surprised what these little trays can do.
Preserve Herbs in Olive Oil for Easy and Delicious Cooking
No matter what you’re cooking, you always end up with excess herbs. Rather than tossing them or letting them rot in your kitchen, put them to good use!
This kitchen hack is simple. Stuff your unused herbs into each caveat of the ice tray. Once packed in tightly, pour olive oil over until each space is full.
When cooking proteins, sautéeing vegetables or making grains, pop one of these herb-infused cubes onto the pan. You can easily add flavor while getting your cooking surface ready to cook.
Soft herbs like mint and basil don’t play well with this type of preserving. Try this with herbs like rosemary, dill, sage, and thyme for the best results.
Become a Smoothie Master by Blending and Freezing Old Spinach
Love a green smoothie to start off your day? Who doesn’t?
This simple kitchen hack will revolutionize your smoothie-making process. Rather than having to blend your spinach with each and every smoothie you make, try freezing it.
First, fill your blender with your leafy greens with a little bit of water. Once completely blended, pour the mixture into an empty ice cube tray. After they’ve frozen solid, toss them in a plastic freezer-safe bag to keep them as fresh as possible. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, add a few cubes to the base of your blender and add your desired ingredients.
Viola—your smoothie-making time has been cut in half.
Save Every Drop of Your Favorite Wine
Sometimes (but rarely, of course) there’s a little leftover in your favorite bottle of wine. The dilemma of having another glass or pouring it down the drain is always the hardest—skip it.
Pour the remaining wine into an ice tray! This will preserve the wine, while also act as a time saver for future meals and drinks.
Does your recipe call for wine? One cube will do the trick.
Want to cool off your glass of wine, pop in a few cubes to refresh your glass.
This nifty little trick will end up being your new favorite.
Make Use of Leftover Coffee
Make every drop of coffee last! Preserve your favorite brew in an ice cube tray and use it for lattes tomorrow.
This simple hack is a great way to cut down your morning routine, while also keeping your coffee as fresh as possible. You’ll never have to finish a cup of watered-down iced coffee ever again.
Create Bite-Sized Chocolatey Snacks
This hack takes chocolate covered strawberries to a new level. Rather than dipping each strawberry in chocolate then letting them sit out, you’ll simply pop them in the fridge.
Using the refrigerator opposed to the freezer, you’ll be able to get a solid, yet soft treat. Cool them for at least an hour for the best results.
You’ll be able to whip up a chocolatey treat for game night, girls night in, slumber parties, and more!
Soothe Aching Sunburns with Frozen Cubes of Aloe Vera
Summer is right around the corner. There’s only so much sunscreen can do. When the inevitable sunburn strikes, be prepared with these life-saving aloe vera ice cubes.
Soothe aching burns by rubbing one of these frosty cubes lightly against the skin. You’ll feel immediate relief while giving your body the fighting properties it needs to restore your skin back to normal.
Use Them as a Snack Tray for Toddlers
Source: Honey and Lime
Looking for an easy way to incorporate more healthy foods into your toddler’s diet? Try this simple trick! Use an old ice tray to present small servings of new, colorful foods and let your toddler explore at their own leisure.
They will be more likely to pick and choose from their assortment, allowing them to easily explore new flavors.
And When You're Done, Clean them with Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Make cleanup a breeze with this simple and easy hack. Fill each space on the ice tray a mixture of baking soda, borax, salt, vinegar, and lemon for a thorough wash each and every time.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 2 cups of Borax
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- ½ cup of vinegar
- 15-20 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix together all of these ingredients and fill your tray. Let the tray sit in a sunny area for up to 24 hours to ensure all ingredients are solid. Remove and use per your liking.