When you need to keep your drink cool during a hot summer day, we rely on the ice cubes stored in our freezer. But take a second look at those ice cube trays – they can be used for a whole lot more than freezing water! Check out these clever uses for this common household item:
Give a boost to your iced coffee
In the mood to cool off on a summer day with a refreshing iced coffee? Simply fill your ice cube trays with hot coffee and stick the tray in the fridge. Once they’re frozen, pop them in your iced coffee so that it never waters down, but stays cool!
If you grow your own herbs, this is a great method to keep in mind. Fill each tray with herbs like sage, oregano and thyme and add a splash of olive oil to each slot. This will keep your spices nice and fresh until you need to use them in your next dish. These frozen seasonings will keep all winter long!
Beautiful cocktail garnishes
Need a way to spruce up your spring or summer cocktails? Consider filling your ice cube tray with edible flowers such as pansies, nasturtiums and roses. This is a simple way to add color and a beautiful accent to any drink. Put your flower-inspired ice cubes in mason jars so that you can actually see all the pretty colors.
Have some leftover wine that you’re not planning on drinking? No problem, just get out your trusty ice cube tray and pour what’s left into the tray. You can use the wine later in a recipe or simply drop a few in your sangria to enhance the flavor and prevent your cocktail from being watered down.
Prepared chocolate covered strawberries
Normally, when you’re in the mood for chocolate-covered strawberries, you have to go through the trouble of melting the chocolate, dipping your berries and letting them harden until they’re ready to eat. But your ice cube tray can give you perfectly portioned chocolate-covered berries whenever you’re in the mood. All you have to do is fill each slot in the tray about 2/3 full with melted chocolate. Next, place one rinsed strawberry in and put the tray in the fridge to chill for an hour. Baking courses online can provide you with lots of other tasty dessert recipes!
Give your disposal a fresh scent
With the amount of food scraps going down your garbage disposal on a frequent basis, it’s no surprise that it can develop a bit of a funky smell. To freshen up your disposal just freeze a few lemon wedges with vinegar in your ice cube tray. Then toss a few in your garbage disposal to make your kitchen smell lemony fresh!