5 Cool New Uses for Ice Cube Trays
Summers are here in full swing and if there is one unremarkable necessity or a simple way to beat the heat this summer: It is ice cubes that you can use them to enjoy a cold drink over ice..! While many of us have refrigerators with built-in ice makers, you may well choose to make additional ice cubes, too. Americans have been making their own ice cubes since the advent of home refrigeration in the 1930s. Back then, aluminum trays were the norm. In the 1950s, stainless steel trays showed up on the scene, but they were mostly replaced by plastic in the 1960s. By the 1980s, ice cube trays with lids started appearing. In the early 2000s, silicone trays popped up. Their pliable nature meant you could pop out innovatively-shaped ice cubes with relative ease.
Today, there are an increasing number of different styles of ice cube trays on the market that will transform water into ice of different sizes and shapes. Using an ice tray to make something magical has been increasingly popular in recent years, likely because they are a relatively inexpensive way to add a blast of fun to a special occasion. Such as, we'd like to stock our freezer with ice cube trays to toss them in our cold drinks or to quick chill our water tumblers. But with a little bit of effort, we can use these ice cube trays to preserve something more than just simple ice cubes that can become interesting centrepieces at any summer event. Yes, you heard it right! From fresh fruits, herbs and flowers to last night's leftover ingredients, the tiny slots of your ice tray can be used to store things that you have never thought of. Here are 10 great uses for your ice cubes trays, aside from making ice.
1. Frozen Coffee Cubes
All the cold coffee lovers raise your hands! Nothing is better than sipping iced coffee that is a refreshing way to start the day and a cool afternoon pick me up when it's too hot for a cup of hot joe.! But, the bad thing is that adding more and more ice cubes to your cold coffee turns into a watering mess. Simply fill your ice cube tray with coffee, then pop it in the freezer to chill for 3 to 4 hours. Store the coffee ice cubes in the tray which you can use these frozen coffee cubes next time when you make cold coffee.
2. Preserve fresh herbs
Avoid wasting leftover fresh herbs by freezing them for later. You can also preserve fresh herbs in ice cube trays to use it for your favorite recipes later, that you'll need to keep herbs in an ice tray with olive oil and freeze it. Olive oil will protect the herbs from the freezer burn and keep them fresh for further use. For heartier herbs, like rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano, considering freezing and preserving them in olive oil.
3. Stash smoothies for breakfast
For those times you want to get a jump start on tomorrow morning's drink, pull out the ice cube trays. Whether you enjoy drinking smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or snack, you can always have a delicious one ready to go with this time-saving tip from Muffin Tin Mania. Especially when you're in the mood for a smoothie, you can quickly toss a couple of these frozen smoothie cups in a blender with liquid such as water, coconut water, or milk.
4. Rescue milk and cream
Got (Too Much) Milk? Freeze It for Later! For those times you find yourself with leftover regular milk, buttermilk or cream, and don't have an immediate use for it. Here's a few of things to keep in mind when freezing milk. Like, placing the frozen milk in the refrigerator to thaw that will be depending on the size of the container, it may take a day or longer to defrost. And freezing may cause the milk to separate and develop a grainy texture. To restore some smoothness, you can stir, shake, or beat it with a hand mixer or immersion blender.
5. Keep wine around for cooking
Do you ever freeze wine? Here's how we do it... Simply pour leftover red or white wine into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight. The alcohol prevents it from freezing completely, but the cubes are solid enough to pop out and transfer to another container.
I scube, you scube, we all scube for ice cube — trays. Whatever that means. We love ice cube trays. Not only are they great for their original purpose of making ice to keep your beverages cold, but they’re also useful for so many other things. Will you get one for this summer?