Ice cube trays have been designed for one purpose and one purpose only – freezing water. Over time, ice cube designs have evolved and now we have them in all shapes and sizes. Also, they are made of different materials, such as plastic, silicon and even clear plastic bags.
Perhaps this diversity has played a role in encouraging the creativity in their use. Did you know that there are more than 40 alternative uses of ice cube trays? Here we’re going to look at some of them. Let’s get started!
Edible Usages Of Ice Cube Trays
1. Making Coffee Ice Cubes
If you love iced coffee, then you’ll agree that at times, the experience can be ruined by all those melted ice cubes. They make the coffee flat after some time. So, why don’t you keep your taste buds excited with every sip, by making coffee ice cubes? All you need to do is pour in some coffee in the ice cube tray, freeze it and use the cubes in your coffee.
2. Sushi Molding
Rolling sushi is an art. And, not an easy one! But, this is where ice cube trays come in handy. Fill the tray slots with avocado and rice, and allow the mixture to chill in the fridge. Then, add the tuna. Once set, you’ll find that your sushi pieces stay intact.
3. Freezing Leftover Wine
Should you find yourself with some leftover wine, don’t pour it down the drain. Instead, freeze it in an ice cube tray, for future use. You can use it either for cooking, or adding into a sangria.
4. Preserving Cookie Dough
If you’ve made a lot of cookie dough, but prefer to only bake some of it, you can freeze it for later use. Portion the remaining dough in an ice cube tray and freeze it.
5. Making Frozen Yogurt
Want to enjoy a delicious frozen yogurt, but you don’t have an ice cream maker? Well, worry not. You can freeze yogurt in ice cube trays! You’ll have your delicious, tailor-made frozen yogurt in no time!
Tip: For this venture, use Yoplait Whip because it tends to stay fluffy, even after freezing.
Non-Edible Usages Of Ice Cube Trays
1. Painting Tray
Are you a painter? Do you have kids who love to paint and doodle with paints? Don’t spend money on expensive trays. Instead, use ice cube trays to hold small amounts of different colors of paint. This way, you’ll avoid wastage and it’ll be easier for you to keep the colors from mixing up while painting.
2. Garbage Disposal Sanitizer
Mix lemon juice and white vinegar, and freeze the solution in your ice cube trays. Once set, you can use these cubes to sanitize your garbage disposal and keep it free of odor.
3. Organizing Small Objects
If you’re into arts and crafts, or have small items that you want to keep organized, ice cube trays might just be the perfect organizing tool for you. You can put in beads and arrange them by color, design or type. Or, you can sort other small items, which can easily fit in the tray.
4. Seedlings Starters
Depending on what you want to grow, you can use ice cube trays for planting seeds at the very initial stage, before transferring them into larger pots.