Almost every home has at least one ice cube tray, but for the large part, the majority of us tend to use ice cubes in the regular way – to cool down our drinks. We might try something slightly different by buying trays that create cubes in a variety of shapes, but there are many more ways to jazz up a simple cube of ice. In actuality, ice trays and cubes have the potential for many other uses – some of them practical and a number of them just plain fun.
Here are a few ideas on the best way to turn your ice trays from dull to fantastic, with just a few additional ingredients.
These are a terrific way to add some style to drinks for functions, cocktail parties, romantic dinners or even tea parties with friends.
Add some food colouring or even edible glitter to your ice trays to get an even more eye-catching option – this option is excellent for weddings or glitzy parties where you want to make an impression.
Freeze individual pieces of baby food for a fast and convenient way to heat and serve later. This saves loads of time for busy parents!
As cut herbs do not last very long in the fridge, this is a fantastic way to keep them clean until you use them.
Add flavoured yoghurt or fruit juice, or perhaps bubbly or sweet wine to your ice cube trays, and as soon as they’re almost set, add a toothpick. Once they are completely suspended, you’ll have delicious mini ice lollies.
Maintain your iced coffee perfectly chilled with frozen cubes of readymade coffee. If you prefer your coffee on the stronger side, freeze solid black coffee. Otherwise add milk and sugar to taste to get a milder version.
Make ice sculptures from the ice cubes by adding glitter, flowers, food colouring and other decorations prior to freezing. Once frozen, these blocks can be melded together using a bit of salted water, resulting in fantastic creations made from ice.
Create an elegant, unusual ice cream dessert by adding your ice cream mixture to individual ice trays instead of one big container. Once the ice cream has set, you can build an edible ice cream sculpture that is guaranteed to impress guests.
Add pureed fruit or entire small berries to use for smoothies and slushy drinks. These can be added to beverages as whole cubes, or added to the blender along with yoghurt for a scrumptious frozen drink.
Freeze pre-made inventory in ice trays for a fast and convenient way to add flavour to soups and stews, without having to remake stock from scratch.
Did you know that your ice trays also have many diverse uses? These can be used for anything from bead and button storage to jewelry boxes, snack trays or office odds and ends storage. With so many unique ways to use both ice cubes and trays, these things become far less mundane and far more useful than you may have assumed before.