5 Smart Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays

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Your ice cube trays might already be working overtime to keep you cool. But spare a couple to use totally unexpected ways.

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1. Ice coffee cubes
True coffee addicts can’t afford to dilute that delicious dark nectar with melted ice cubes. Here is a tip. Make coffee ice cubes to keep your iced coffee from getting watered down. Take them out and put them into a glass with your coffee. Now sit back and enjoy your iced coffee in this hot summer.

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2. Iced herb cubes
Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover fresh herbs? Sprinkle them into the ice cube tray. Cover them with olive oil or broth and put them into the fridge. This makes perfectly-sized portions that can be tossed in a soup or in a sauté pan.

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3. Iced sauce cubes
Leftover herbs aren’t the only things worth saving. Pesto and pasta sauce also deserve a second chance. Freeze and reheat for super-easy, ready-made ingredients for dinner. They are even more delicious than the next time around. If the pesto doesn’t come out, we think that means it needs to freeze for longer, or we recommend strong pesto in the ice cube trays. Wrap the iced pasta or pesto in freeze-safe plastic wrap.

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4. Ice cube tray planters
Now it is time to take the tray out of the freezer for a clever seed starter. Use large silicon ice cube molds to give roots room to grow before transplanting to the summer home. Plant seeds individually into the soil, water, place in a sunny spot and watch them to sprout. You can use a pencil to make small holes for putting the seeds in. ice cube tray

5. Paint palette
Whether you are crafting with kids or creating your own work of art, an old ice cube tray makes the perfect paint palette. Keep colors well separated and save a few spot for making up some original hues of your own.

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