Monday, 8 August 2016

Ice Cube Trays - 5 Uses To Save You Money

The humble ice cube tray has been around for a long time.  With the invention of ice makers in fridges,  it seems that people are either donating their ice cube trays to the op shop or forgetting to use them.

Ice cube trays are not just for water.  They have many uses that can save you money and reduce food wastage.  Here are five uses for you to try -

*  Freezing lemon juice.  When your lemon tree has abundant fruit,  juice the lemons and freeze the juice.  If someone offers you a bag of lemons,  it as a blessing.  You may never need to buy lemon juice in a bottle again. 

*  Freeze tomato paste.  Have you ever opened a jar of tomato paste to only use a tablespoon or two ?  Usually the contents need to be used in a few days.  By portioning the paste into ice cube trays you are eliminating waste.  When cooking spag bol or other tomato based dishes,  pop a tomato paste cube into the dish for added flavour.

*  Chopped fresh herbs freeze well when a little bit of water is added to the mix and frozen into cubes.

*  Make coffee ice cubes for your iced coffee.  There's nothing worse than normal ice cubes watering down your iced coffee.  This idea is great for using up left over coffee from the pot.

*  Freeze yoghurt into cubes to add to your smoothie.  This is a wonderful idea for using up yoghurt before it goes off.

Tomato paste portioned.
Lemon juice has so many uses.
Stayed tuned for more ice cube uses in the coming months.


  1. Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for sharing. I have done this with the tomato paste but never thought about doing it with lemon juice. I have just received a heap of free lemons too :)x

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Funny you should mention this today as last night I received 3 bags of lemons, so lots of juicing will be happening soon.
    I also like to freeze in ice cube trays, leftover white sauce and gravy.


  3. Freezing egg yolks is also a good idea if you use the whites but not the yolks.You can use them up for mayonnaise or other cooking items when needed.

  4. good idea for yogurt and coffee!

  5. Wendy, aren't ice cubes just the best? I've used them for all those things!

  6. I love the idea for freezing cubes of tomato paste. Why didn't I ever think of that?????

  7. Hi Wendy,

    I use ice cube trays to freeze home made baby food as well as stewed fruit for my youngest.
    Kind regards,

  8. And chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Even with the four ounce cans you usually need only 1 or 2 for a recipe but there are a dozen or so in the can! I find freezing individual peppers with a bit of the adobo sauce in each cube section is a nice way to insure I have this on hand in a way that won't spoil.

  9. Could make some tea and freeze it for some ice tea.. I try to make my own ice tea as the ice tea from the stores is loaded with sugar


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