Plastic or silicone ice cube trays will cost you about a dollar for three and you may be amazed at what you can actually do with them. Many people today have automatic ice makers in their fridge so those old ice cube trays have become nearly obsolete.
There are things however that you can do with those trays and many of those things have absolutely nothing to do with food. Whether you are looking for cool storage ideas, a way to prepare perfect sushi or you just have a few trays sitting around and you are wondering how you can put them to use, we have collected 40 ways that you can creatively use your ice cube trays and none of them include making ice.
From food storage to jewelry organization, there are many ways that those ice cube trays will come in handy. Even if you have an ice maker in your fridge, don’t throw those ice cube trays out. You simply never know when they may come in handy.
Make Cleaners for the Garbage Disposal
Keeping the garbage disposal clean can be as simple as freezing some vinegar and lemon in your ice cube tray. Just place a lemon slice in each slot and then fill over the lemon with vinegar. These will freeze in just a couple of hours and then you can take them out of the tray and store in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Just drop a cube or two down the disposal and run water over them whenever you want a fresh, clean smelling garbage disposal.
Instructions and Project Credit – Thetipgarden
Make Bite Sized Party Bark
Silicone ice cube trays are perfect for making yummy and easy bite sized barks. You just have to add the melted white chocolate or almond bark and then drop in whatever you want like peanuts, dried cranberries or just whatever you prefer in your bark. These take only a few minutes to prepare and then you just have to wait until the bark hardens. Pop them out and you have the perfect party treat or just make a few for a yummy late night snack.
Instructions and Project Credit – Happyhourprojects
Bake Gluten Free Tater Tots
You can bake foods in silicone ice cube trays so these tots are perfect if you have a few trays that you aren’t currently using. You just mix the ingredients as instructed and then pack those ice cube slots full of yummy tot-ness. Once you have them all filled, just pop in the oven and when they are finished you get these neat little bite sized taters that are great for those who can’t have gluten. Plus, they’re just delicious in general so they’re perfect for anyone.
Instructions and Project Credit – Whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner
Make Your Own Seed Bombs
Seed bombs are great for sprucing up your outdoors. If you have areas that are otherwise lacking in color, you can just throw a few seed bombs on them and they will begin to grow loads of beautiful colors to cover up those otherwise boring areas. You can use ice cube trays to help you to shape the seed bombs and to keep all of the ingredients inside until they mold properly. If you want to add a little color to your outdoors this spring, these ice cube tray seed bombs are a must.
Instructions and Project Credit – Wearableplanter
Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets
Dishwashers are absolutely wonderful, until you have to keep buying the tablets to put in them. Those can get a bit expensive. You can however, use those old ice cube trays to create your own dishwasher tablets with a recipe that will not only get your dishes sparkling clean, it will leave them smelling lemony fresh. Just add the ingredients together, push into your ice cube trays and then leave it in a warm, sunny area until the tablets dry. You can then store them in a lidded container for as long as you need.
Instructions and Project Credit – Onegoodthingbyjillee
Make Gummy Worm Cubes
If your kids love gummy worms and prefer things on the gross side, you can make them these adorable gummy worm cubes that are perfect for Halloween or just any time they want a unique and somewhat weird snack. You just have to freeze fruit punch (or you could use juice or any other liquid, really) and then add the worms before you freeze. Put popsicle sticks in them for great frozen treats or use them to keep fruit punch or juice really cold.
Instructions and Project Credit – Babble
Freeze Eggs for Future Use
Don’t you love it when you find a great deal on eggs? But then, you have to use those eggs before they pass their usability date. Well, not really. You can put those ice cube trays to good use by using them to freeze the eggs. When you need them, just allow them to thaw (don’t microwave them or they’ll actually cook) and then add to your favorite recipes. You can do whole eggs or separate the yolks from the whites for when you need separated eggs in recipes. Once they’re frozen, take them out of the trays and store in freezer bags.
Instructions and Project Credit – Bakedbyrachel
Make Herbal Ice Cubes
Imagine how beautiful your iced teas and other drinks will look this summer when you add herbal ice cubes to them. You can create lovely cubes of frozen flowers (that are perfectly edible by the way) and add them to lemonade, tea or anything else you may be drinking. This is a great trick for summer barbeques and parties and makes ice a bit more interesting. You could also freeze the flowers in whatever drink you are serving so that the ice won’t water your drink down as it melts.
Instructions and Project Credit – Chestnutherbs
Make Mini Cheesecake Bites
Yummy chocolate covered cheesecake bites are heavenly and very easy to make in your ice cube trays. You can use silicone or plastic trays for this. Simply assemble the ingredients as instructed and then freeze the cheesecakes in the ice cube slots. They need to freeze for a couple of hours and then you should leave them out on the counter for a couple of minutes prior to serving. These are great for dinner parties and perfect for those late night snacks when you want just a little something sweet.
Instructions and Project Credit – Damyhealth
Make Frozen Coffee Cubes
If you love iced coffee, use your ice cube trays to create coffee cubes that will keep iced coffees cold without watering them down. Whenever you have coffee left over in the pot, just add to the ice cube trays and freeze. Then store the cubes in a freezer bag and take them out as needed. This is also a great way to cool down coffee that may be a bit too hot without actually using plain water. It’s also good for keeping coffee on hand for certain recipes that may call for it so you don’t have to brew a pot just to have a few spoonfuls.
Instructions and Project Credit – Foododelmundo