Spring weather should be arriving soon, at least that’s what it says on my calendar.
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” ~ Mark Twain
How many changes in weather have you witnessed this week?
I do know that the days are getting longer and there are signs of birds and squirrels in my backyard.
Some of you may have been doing some spring clearing and have found that you have duplicates of some items. Before you toss out the extras, consider some new uses for old things.
For example, the mild and meek mannered ice cube tray has many uses, other than just holding ice cubes.
This covered Ice cube tray by OXO keeps flavours both in and out. It can also keep small things, such as earrings, from falling out.
It can a become a meal tray for toddlers for different colours and textures.
Organizing Healthy snacks for after school
Fruit and berries can be blended with fresh juice and frozen for making Smoothies.
As the Magic Fridge taught me: freeze homemade stock or sauces, and add to the pot whenever you need a boost of flavor in your Stocks, Sauces or Soups.
Use the ice cube to have iced aloe on hand for those nasty summer burns.
An ice cube tray can be used as a paint pallet or tray!
You can also freeze water and food colouring to make “paint.”
Ice cube trays can also be used for beading and other arts and crafts.
Freezing fresh herbs, pesto, or tomato paste
Freeze 1-2 TBSP tomato paste per cube; this way you know how many cubes you will need for a recipe. Diced up Parsley looks the same as when fresh picked, even after freezing.
Ice cube trays are great for home made baby food or for those with difficulty swallowing.
Freeze leftover coffee for iced coffee, freeze fruit for summer drinks, and make ice cubes with the juice or lemonade that you are making so when the ice melts it does not dilute the drink.
Herbal ice cubes are a lovely alternative to plain ice for ice tea and other summer drinks.
Ice cube trays can be used to keep things sorted such as jewellery for rings and earrings.
Rather than buying a bigger box than you need for a small project, use an ice cube tray to keep all the parts together, especially when hanging photographs and pictures.
It can also be used for office supplies.