Ice cube trays can be used to make more than just ice cubes in your paleo kitchen! Freeze herbs, homemade broth, leftover wine, coffee and even eggs!
What can you do with ice cube trays? Ice cube trays can be used to make more than just ice cubes in your paleo kitchen! Freeze herbs, homemade broth, leftover wine, coffee and even eggs! There are several resourceful ways to use ice cube trays in your paleo kitchen. Consider buying silicone ice cube trays; they make it easier to remove things when frozen. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a ziplock bag or freezer container for storage in the freezer. Here are some things to try:
Freeze your herbs in olive oil so they don’t go to waste
Picking herbs from your garden? Give this idea a try. Use olive oil (as pictured) or you could melt butter or coconut oil and add to the herbs. Or if you prefer, you could use stock or just water. My favorite herbs to use are rosemary, basil and oregano. But you could also use parsley, fennel stalk, sage, and chives. Both finely-chopped and whole herbs work. Consider how you’ll be using the herbs later. I usually make mine with finely chopped herbs. Pack the ice cube trays about ⅔ full of herbs. I prefer to use just one herb at a time in each well, but you can mix up the herbs, too. Pour extra-virgin olive oil or melted, unsalted butter over the herbs. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Remove the frozen cubes and store in the freezer. Transfer the cubes to a ziplock bag for storage in the freezer. Don’t forget to label each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside! When it comes time to sauté or stir fry, add a cube right into the pan. Find more information on when to use these herbs here.
Make Frozen Spinach Cubes for your Smoothies!
Make frozen Spinach cubes for your healthy shakes in the morning. All you need is a large blender or food processor and some silicone ice cube trays. The silicone trays are the best to use, because after freezing the spinach cubes just pop out easily. Just fill your blender or food processor with raw organic spinach, and puree until smooth. Fill your silicone ice cube trays with the pureed spinach. Freeze for 3-4 hours, or until hard enough to remove the cubes from the ice cube tray. Pop them out and store in a plastic bag in the freezer. To use, just add one or two frozen cubes to your smoothie prior to blending. Find out more here.
Freeze Leftover Sauce
For an easy weeknight meal, save and freeze leftover sauces from previous meals in ice cube trays. The cubes can be reheated in a sauté pan when you need a quick sauce.
Make ice cubes with leftover wine
If for some reason you have leftover wine, fill ice cube trays make ice cubes for sangria or to cook with in the future. P.S. You can also freeze champagne for a lightly fizzed wine that’s perfect for sangria.
Freeze homemade chicken and vegetable broth for future use
Freeze your homemade broth in manageable portions. Use ice cube trays to portion out your broth. Once frozen you can fill freezer bags or containers. Ready to use? Just thaw what you need.
Make Coffee Ice Cubes for your Iced Coffee
Fill a couple of ice cube trays with coffee. Then freeze. No more watered down Iced Coffee.
Freeze Surplus Eggs for Later Use
Did you know that you could take advantage of on-sale eggs and freeze an extra dozen or two. Learn how to freeze whites, yolks, and whole eggs here!
Frozen eggs will keep for up to one year. When you’re ready to use them just thaw overnight in the refrigerator or under running cold water. Use egg yolks or whole eggs as soon as they’re thawed. Thawed egg whites will beat to better volume if you allow them to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Use thawed frozen eggs only in dishes that are thoroughly cooked.
Separate your egg whites from the yolks carefully. Freeze one white into each well of your ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer container. Whole eggs can be frozen too. Just beat the whole egg until just blended. Pour into freezer containers, seal tightly, label with the number of eggs and the date, and freeze. Egg yolks can also be frozen, but they require a little extra preparation so they don’t turn gelatinous in the freezer. To help retard this gelation, beat in either 1/8 teaspoon salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar per 1/4 cup of egg yolks (about 4 yolks). Label the container with the number of yolks, the date, and whether you’ve added salt (for main dishes) or sweetener (for baking or desserts). Freeze.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries made in Ice Cube Trays
Impress your friends with Chocolate Covered Strawberries you’ve made in ice cube trays. This delectable treat is super easy to make and quite inexpensive. Find out more here.