Foods you never knew you could freeze in an ice-cube tray
We’re all guilty of binning food, but you might be surprised to learn what you could have saved by freezing it before it goes off – and we’re not just talking leftover meals. The ice-cube tray in your freezer is one of the easiest and most versatile tools to help store those leftover bits and pieces you haven’t used. Here’s a few tricks to get you loving your ice cube tray.
Fresh herbs are great for sprucing any meal but when you have too many here’s an easy trick to help them go the distance and keep their flavour. Finely chop whatever herbs you have up, add a tablespoon or two into each ice cube tray, cover them with a little olive oil to and freeze. Then, pop them out and add them to your meal a couple of minutes before serving up.
Fruit and Veges
Many fruits and veges can be frozen. So, if you have an abundance of veges in your fridge that’s about to turn or your fruit has ripened all at once this one’s for you. Blitz fruit or veges through the blender, fill your ice-cube trays and freeze just like we’ve done in our kitchen hack video here. Add fruit or vege cubes to your morning smoothie, a good way to boost your 5+ a day.
It doesn’t take long for your favourite bottle of vino to morph in to cooking wine. When this happens, all you need to do is pour the wine into an ice-cube tray and freeze. These wine cubes are a great flavour boost to any meal. And if you’ve got lots of wine to freeze, try upgrading to muffin trays to freeze them in! Why not try your frozen wine ice-cubes in this tasty Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccine recipe.
Vegetables and meats
Did you know leftover vegetables and meats make great baby food? It’s true! Throw everything in the blender, whether it’s potatoes, pumpkin, peas, leftover chicken or beef and blitz it until it’s a consistency you’re happy with. For a touch of sweetness pop in a pitted date. Spoon the mixture into an ice tray and freeze. Pop out a couple of cubes, heat and you’ve got dinner sorted for the little one.
The good news is you can freeze almost anything. And you don’t need to own a thousand ice-cube trays, once the cubes are frozen you can pop them out and store them in a snaplock bag. If you Love Food Hate Waste like us, you’ll be surprised how a little bit of preparation can go a long way.