Ice cube trays are good for more than just freezing water. Their small size makes them perfect for freezing small portions of food and drink in order to preserve them into convenient single serve portions.
These 12 creative ice cube recipes will help you preserve the last bits of herbs, condiments and drinks and save time by having pre-made single serve portions of ready to use ingredients.
Once your cubes are frozen, pop them out and store them in resealable freezer bags for easy access. To be more accurate, measure how many tablespoons each cube holds so you know exactly how many cubes to thaw next time you need them.
12 Creative Ice Cube Recipes
Citrus Flavoured Ice Cubes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Ice cube trays are the perfect size for chocolate peanut butter cups, instead of using mini cupcake/ chocolate liners. You can make our Sugar Free Chocolate Caramels in an ice cube tray or if you’re short on time make easy 2 ingredient chocolate peanut butter cups. Simply melt chocolate, layer it at the bottom of the cup (coating the sides in chocolate) and allow to harden. Once it’s hardened, scoop some peanut butter ontop of the chocolate and cover with more melted chocolate. Freeze until solid, then pop out and enjoy.
Coffee Ice Cubes
This is particularly useful if you make freshly brewed coffee but don’t manage to drink the entire batch. Freeze coffee into an ice cube tray and use it to cool down your coffee without watering it down or a strong iced coffee drink (just add cubes to fresh coffee). You can also make a coffee slush, by blending coffee ice cubes with milk or add a cube or two to a smoothie for a caffeine jolt.
Lemon Juice Ice Cubes
Most recipes call for a tablespoon or two of lemon juice leaving you with lemon halves. Squeeze them and freeze them so they don’t go bad and then thaw it out as you need lemon juice. You can also add a lemon juice cube to a glass of water for easy and fast lemon water, or pop one into a cup of tea to make your own lemon tea.
Pesto Ice Cubes
Frozen Herbs and Olive Oil Ice Cubes
Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour to any dish, but often all you use is a couple of leaves, leaving the rest of the container to spoil. As fresh herbs, don’t stay good for long the best way to preserve them is to freeze them. To make, remove leaves from stems, wash and dry herbs and add to an ice cube tray. Fill with olive oil and freeze. Once frozen, remove from ice cube tray and store in a Ziploc. When you’re ready to use, just thaw a cube or two and add to your dish.
Flavoured Tea Ice Cubes
This is the best way to make your own iced tea that has a strong flavour. To make brew your favourite flavoured tea (we used a berry flavour tea), pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen you can use it in two ways, make a batch of flavoured tea, allow to cool and add your flavoured ice cubes to cool it more. Alternatively you can make your own smootea by adding flavoured cubes to a blender and blending it into a tea slushie.
Fruit Puree Ice Cubes
The answer to storing fruit that is just about to expire. You can cut up fruit into squares and freeze as is to use later in a smoothie. Alternatively, you can puree the fruit and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once frozen you can either add it to a smoothie, or pop it into a glass of water for a fruit flavoured water. This works well with soft fruit like nectarines, plums, mangos, paw-paws and peaches. You can also freeze vegetable puree in the same way. Useful if you are making your own baby food and want to make bulk batches.