Ice cube trays are inexpensive, easy to store and available pretty much everywhere. So why are we only using them for ice? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite hacks and tricks for getting the most out of your trays. Some of these are so ingenious, you may be running out to buy some more!
19 brilliant ways to use ice cube trays (other than making ice)
Rice Krispy TreatsTrue, making these tasty treats isn't the hardest of kitchen tasks. But look how much more elegant they are with a little shape and sprinkle flair.
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Chocolate StrawberriesForget all that messy dipping -- this little hack allows for a mess-free workspace, all while using every last drop of that delicious chocolate.
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Kale CubesThis trick works for any greens that are about to turn. Wash 'em, dice 'em and freeze 'em for perfect additions to your next soup or smoothie.
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Perfectly Portioned Cookie DoughHankering for some frozen cookie dough? Or perhaps there are times when you just want a single, hot-and-fresh cookie to munch on. By proportioning the dough out into "cubes" beforehand, you'll get the perfect single portion every time. Kavitamaya/Pinterest
Frozen Berry BlendHave some berries that are about to turn? Save them by throwing them into trays with a little water or juice. The final product is the perfect addition to any water, fizzy drink or smoothie, all summer long.
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Frozen YogurtFeeling like a little frozen yogurt but don't want to buy a whole calorie-laden tub? These Greek yogurt and pomegranate bites are the perfect combo of healthy and delicious.
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WineUnable to drink that whole bottle of wine? Freeze your leftovers before they go bad, then add them to a summer sangria or to your pasta sauce the next time it calls for a little vino.
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Granola PoppersEveryone knows granola can contain loads of hidden fats and sugar. But with a healthy recipe and brilliant portion control, as aided by an ice cube tray, they can make the perfect little snack.
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Herbs and OilFresh herbs punch up any dish; unfortunately they don't always last very long. Stretch yours with this clever hack, which combines olive oil and herbs into ready-to-use cubes for your next hot meal or pesto.
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Hot Chocolate on a StickThese little nuggets make the perfect gift. Just stir one into some hot milk, or we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to consume them on their own.
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Ice Cream CubesNot only does this trick make it easier for you to portion-control your ice cream, but it makes the perfect "cubes" for that next milkshake or root beer float, too.
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Iced CoffeeSay goodbye to watery iced coffee by freezing your next leftover batch of java instead.
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Jell-O ShotsThere will be no more awkward licking of paper cups or sticking your finger in to scrape the last boozy remnants out, thanks to this hack.
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Frozen Peanut Butter JellyTake those boring old sammies to the next level with some frozen fun. And no -- you don't have to be a kid to enjoy.
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Leftover PestoFresh pesto elevates any old pasta or pizza dish to the next level. Made too much? Freeze it into cubes so that you can grab and go next time you've got a recipe that calls for the green stuff.
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Cheesecake BitesHealth conscious? Check. Vegan? Check. Delicious morsels you're going to want to put in your mouth ASAP? Check, check, check.
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Spa WaterGet creative with your combos -- whether it's cucumber and lemon, a little ginger and tea or even grapefruit juice, these cubes are guaranteed to calm those stormy waters.
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Toddler LunchWant to make your little one's lunch more appealing and healthy? Play with colours, textures and tastes by filling up an ice cube tray. Genius!
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Vanilla BeansIt's vanilla ice, ice, baby. And it's great in smoothies, chai tea or even just to consume on its own as a summery treat.
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