Clever Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Old Standbys Get New Life in Myriad of Ways

If you've saved old ice cube trays from your pre-icemaker days, rescue them from their useless state with these clever ideas on new uses for these old standbys.

Store Baby Food

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is great for your baby and easy to store when you freeze it in an ice-cube tray. Fill each compartment to the top with your pureed blends and freeze. Then take out the desired number of cubes at mealtime. If you're not sure how much your baby should eat, here's an easy guide:

  • 4-to-6 months = 2 cubes
  • 6-to-9 months = 4 cubes
  • 9-to-12 months= 6 cubes

Note: These numbers are estimates based on store-bought food sizes. Always consult your doctor to determine how much your baby should be eating.

Freeze Herbs

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Do you ? Freeze some of that garden-fresh flavor to use during the winter. Fill the compartments of an ice cube tray with your herbs and just a bit of water. Thaw a cube any time you need to season a dish. If you'll be using your herbs in a heated dish, there's no need to thaw. Just drop your cube directly into the pan and proceed with your recipe.

Freeze Leftover Eggs

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Have a recipe that calls for egg yolks? Don't ditch those egg whites! Freeze them instead. They can be and thawed when needed.

Make Popsicles

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You don't need a fancy popsicle mold to make your own popsicles. Just fill an ice cube tray with juice, pudding, or mashed fruit. Then cover with foil and poke a popsicle stick through the foil and into each compartment. Here are two great popsicle recipes that you can try:

Freeze Leftover Stock or Sauces

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If you have a bit of soup stock, tomato juice, or sauce left over after you've prepared a meal, ice cube trays are the perfect way to store it. Just fill a tray with your leftovers and freeze. Transfer the cubes to a freezer bag once they're completely frozen.

How much liquid does a cube hold? One ice cube is generally the equivalent of one ounce or two tablespoons. Here are some conversions to help you determine how many cubes you'll need to use in a recipe:

  • 2 cubes = 1/4 cup
  • 4 cubes = 1/2 cup
  • 6 cubes = 3/4 cup
  • 8 cubes =1 cup

Freeze Leftover Wine

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If you have trouble finishing off a bottle of wine in one evening, pour the extra into an ice cube tray and save it for use in a future recipe. Just pop the desired number of cubes into a pan and heat; there's no need to thaw them out before use.

Use as a Candy Mold

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Getting homemade chocolates to look professionally made can be difficult even for the best of cooks. Here's a trick: Use an ice cube tray as a candy mold to make all of your confections uniform in size.

Use as a Soap Mold

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Designate an ice cube tray for craft use and create melt-and-pour soaps that are the perfect size for a guest bathroom or gift-giving.