Ice Cube Trays can get a bad wrap. Kitchen people and their products think they just lay around, chill out, and make ice-cold cocktails for a living. Yes, these acts do constitute their daily activities, but they can be W-A-A-A-A-Y more than just a “chill” time in a glass. The Vremi team is here to elevate your summer “cool” factor by exploring a few of our favorite ice tray hacks. Try using our “Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Tray” for an average size cube concoction or go bigger and better with the help of the “Ice Cube and Dr. Tray Set.”
1. Coffee Cubes
Making coffee cubes is about as easy as it gets. All you have to do is brew the coffee, let it cool, and pour it into the trays. Keep in mind, if you wish for sweeter, creamier cubes, add your additional ingredients when the coffee is hot, then proceed normally. Everytime you sip a cup of coffee, chocolate milk, or even a milkshake, throw in the crazy cubes and you’ll get an extra jolt of coffee and cream.
2. Dishwasher Cubes
Okay, yes, we know dishwasher pods are not exactly “cubes” meant for drinks, but we had to share the hack! Here’s what you’ll need—½ cup of Borax, ½ cup of washing soda, ½ cup of Epsom salts, 1 tbs of citric acid, 1 tbs of baking soda, 2 tbs of vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of citrus essential oil. First, combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then, pour in the essential oil and stir until the color is spread evenly throughout. Gradually (very gradually) add the vinegar to the mix. Next, begin to firmly press the mix into the trays. Now allow the dishwasher pods to rest for 24 hours before removing and WAPOW—you’ve got 21 homemade dishwasher pods (or cubes) at your service, for a victorious value!
3. Oil Herb Cubes
Searching for the culinary secret to making “flavor” as easy as possible? Search no more as the herb-infused cubes are the solution to your troubles. Begin by choosing your herbs. Chop up some delicious rosemary, thyme, basil, or parsley and place them into your trays. Next, melt butter (measurements vary depending on your butter lover level) and pour it over the herbs. The last step—fill the trays with olive oil or a broth of your choice and pop them in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook, throw them in a heated pan and voila!
4. Sauce Cubes
Don’t know what to do with last night’s leftover pasta sauce? HELLO! Pour it into the ice tray and freeze it for later. Once your pasta dinner’s been eaten and the remaining sauce has cooled, pour it into the trays and save it for a rainy day. Next week, when you’re hungry and hurried, pop the cubes into a pan with olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and spices, and pour over any pasta or dinner dish. Come on, you know it’s true—we all like things a little saucy.
5. Citrus Zest Cubes
Simplicity is key. What’s better than a cold glass of water infused with flavors of lemon and lime? Nothing, we know. Cube concoctions are easy, but this is the easiest. All you have to do—gather some zest of your favorite citrus fruits; lemon, lime, grapefruit, whatever. Then, fill the trays with water and sprinkle the zest on top. Put them in the freezer and allow them to solidify. When you’re ready for a cool glass of water, pop them into a glass, fill with your beverage of choice, and it’s go time in the refreshment department.