Tuesday Tips – Ice Cube Trays, let me count the ways.

| April 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

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.

ice cubesSome 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.

 

For kids

It can a become a meal tray for toddlers for different colours and textures.

meals for toddlers

Organizing Healthy snacks for after school

healthy after school snacks

For everyone

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.

ice cube tray aloe

 

Children’s crafts

ice cube tray paints

An ice cube tray can be used as a paint pallet or tray!

You can also freeze water and food colouring to make “paint.”

IceCubePaintingIce 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.

 

Baby Food

Ice cube trays are great for home made baby food or for those with difficulty swallowing.

Drinks

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.

freezing fruit for summer drinks

 

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.

Source: alejandra.tv via Lauri on Pinterest

 

It can also be used for office supplies.

 

Ice cube desserts

ice cube tray dessert

What other uses can you think of for the lowly ice cube tray?

 

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8 Comments

  1. What a GREAT GREAT GREAT blog post Heather. Love all the pics (I pinned two to my “Foodie Fun” Pinterest board).

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