Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fun with Ice Cube Trays

Ice cube trays are favorite objects for people who come up with kitchen tips.   A couple of ideas that come up often are freezing pesto or chicken broth in trays, freezing and then and then storing in zip loc bags.  You'll have little cubes of goodness to add to soups, sauces, salad dressings, you name it...

But here are a few more ideas I recently ran across.  For all, simply freeze in the trays and use as needed.

  •  Chopped onions.  (I'd add other veggies like peppers as well.  Perfect to add to an omelet of scrambled eggs.)
  • Chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.  (Great idea!  Who ever needs a whole can?  And who likes to throw the wasted stuff away when you're cleaning out the fridge?)
  • Tea.  Now you're iced tea won't get diluted as the "ice" cubes melt.  Apply the same idea to lemonade, sangria, and the like.
  • Tomato paste.  A great way to add a burst of flavor to veggie sautes or pan sauces without having to use the whole can.
  • Chopped herbs.  This is the perfect way to preserve all those great summer flavors.
  • Wine.  Don't throw those last splashes of wine away.  Freeze and add to sauces.
  • Tomato juice.  Yeah, you could add to stews or chili, but wouldn't they be perfect in a Bloody Mary?

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