This life-hack will completely transform the often tedious cooking process. Flavor should never be sacrificed, but life often gets hectic and we could all use a shortcut in the kitchen. Smoothly glide through weeknight dinners like a culinary pro with these unexpected yet practical uses for ice cube trays.
Garlic. Let’s face it, we love garlic and find ways to sneak it into the most simple of recipes. Why not puree some with a drop or so of water and pop them in the freezer as a quick fix for a weeknight stir fry, sauce, or mash! Astonished by this level of convenience? Try this with some fresh ginger; you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this sooner!
- Coffee & Tea:
Smack in the middle of summer’s heat wave, you’ve grown accustomed to watered- down ice coffee, iced tea, and your favorite cocktails. Don’t settle. Pop some freshly brewed coffee or tea into ice trays for a flavorful solution! Feeling creative? Add a coffee cube to your favorite homemade BBQ sauce recipe for a tang that will have everyone guessing what you put in there!
Frozen wine cubes, need I say more? Whether you’re partial to red or white, create a 5-star sauce in seconds. Deglaze the pan with a deep Cabernet, or brighten up your seafood dish by popping one of these frozen gems made with a fruity Pinot Grigio and a dab of butter for richness.
- Fruit & Veggie Purees:
Thinking about hopping on the smoothie trend? Why not add a frozen cube of kale puree to your favorite green smoothie, or some frozen pureed mango for a creamy and tropical boost to your go-to fruit shake. Whether you’re into fruit or veggie blends—these nutrient-packed cubes will boost the flavor and impact of your puree.
- Fresh Herbs:
As summer begins to come to an end and the weather takes a chillier turn, we wouldn’t dare to waste our all-star herbs that we’ve grown to accustom to having at our disposal. Savor the flavor of your last bunch of fresh basil by creating pesto cubes to throw into a quick weeknight pasta dish. Have some fresh mint to rescue? Pop it in the ice tray with some freshly squeezed lime juice as a flavorful addition to water or other beverages!
Fatty meats like bacon and duck are good, but their drippings are famous for their bold flavors and ability to transform any dish they accompany. Whether added to a pungent salad dressing, pan sauce, or to sauté some veggies or starches in, these little fat cubes will come in handy when you’re looking for a quick flavor boost.