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Ice Cube Trays-Versatile and Crafty Uses!

Updated on August 9, 2018
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Ice cube trays

Get a 3 pack at your local dollar store!
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Ice cube trays

Adding ice to a beverage is a wonderful thing and it's easy to make in a tray, no recipe required, ha!

But how many people have sat and pondered the versatile uses for the simple invention of ice cube trays? I sure have. There are so many ways to use ice cube trays around your home, mostly in your kitchen but these uses can save time, money, and help busy people stay organized.

The styles and shapes ice cube trays are made of are endless. You can find letters, numbers, hearts, stars, cartoon characters, themes, holiday shapes, body parts, brains, bugs, dinosaurs, you name it, someone makes it, Shapes are fun, and silicone trays are great for easily removing your contents, so consider buying and using those.

Helpful tips!

Avoid freezer burn-pop out each frozen item and transfer to a freezer designed gallon size bag. You will want to do this with most of the things you freeze.

Measuring tip-Each sized cube averages two tablespoons of liquids. So 2 cubes equal ¼ cup, 4 cubes equal to ½ cup, 8 cubes equal 1 cup, etc. Use this reference when making recipes calling for specific measurements.

Buy silicone trays-Silicone makes removing your contents simple.

Labeling-Use permanent marker or masking tape to label trays you use for storage

Frozen sword pops!

How fun are these? Great for parties!
How fun are these? Great for parties!

18 Versatile Uses Right Here!

Endless uses in the kitchen! Along with other simple ideas to organize your home, and make things more efficient.

  • Use them to make mini desserts
  • Freeze almost expired herbs in olive oil so they don't go to waste
  • Freeze individual home-made baby food for future use, not sure how much a baby should eat? 4-6 months = 2 cubes, 6-9 months = 4 cubes, 9-12 months= 6 cubes, 8 cubes=1 cup. You can do this with home-made sauces and broths as well. Even canned sauces if you're only using a little at a time. A good example is tomato paste, freeze what you don't need to avoid waste.
  • Make jello shots, always a fun and smash party hit!
  • Make home-made peanut butter cups.
  • Freeze leftover wine if you have any, for sangria or cooking
  • Make hot chocolate on a stick makes a great winter gift!
  • Freeze just about anything for smoothies or juicing-greens, pureed fruit or vegetables, yogurt, etc.
  • Freeze coffee for frozen coffee beverages. You can even blend them for a cold coffee slush.
  • Make your own popsicles, just don't forget to add a stick.
  • Use the trays when making home-made soap. The tiny compartments are the perfect size for travel, guests, or gifts. Put all those great available shapes to use!
  • Freeze eggs, they last forever!
  • Make portable single serving meals for camping. Freeze your premade foods in trays, wrap tightly with saran wrap or foil and pop out the cubes as you use them. Baked beans, eggs, soups, condiments space and limit packing lists by stacking them in coolers.
  • Place trays in drawers to organize office supplies, or in garages for loose nails, screws, and bolts.
  • Use trays to hold paint when creating your masterpiece! Makes a great paint palette.
  • Organize jewelry or beading supplies
  • Start garden seeds and easily transfer to your garden when they sprout.
  • Make your dog a delicious snack! Frosty Paws

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ice cube trays-versatile and crafty uses! sounds agreat idea.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      we had the same issue :)

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      We have an automatic ice tray in the fridge, so our old trays are sitting on a shelf unused. Your ideas have my thinking! Great post.


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