Did you know that your ice cube tray could make a lot more than just ice?
Far from useless, the humble ice cube tray can come in very handy for a variety of uses – and ice isn’t even one of them. All of these extra uses are not only really cool, but they are also super thrifty and great for those looking to save money.
DIY Rainbow Crayons
If you’re grandkids love coloring, they’ve probably gone through a lot of crayons. But what about all those odds and ends of crayons that aren’t quite big enough to color with? Don’t throw them away, that’s a waste! Collect these old crayons, tear off the wrappers and place a few in each ice cube of a silicone tray. Then heat them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let them rest and harden, and soon enough you will have some cool rainbow crayons that didn’t cost you a dime. Your children will love them and so will your wallet.
Homemade Chocolate Bars
The best thing about making these is that you can use whatever ingredients you have at home – which means you can really save money. Melt down chocolate – it can be milk, dark or white – and mix in M&Ms, candy canes, peanut butter, mini marshmallows, caramel, raspberries, cookie dough or anything else you can think of. You can create different types of chocolates in each ice cub slot, which makes for a fun mixture of money saving candy when the chocolates are ready. Once the ice cube tray is filled, place it in the fridge until the chocolate sets.
Thrifty Frozen Herbs
Fresh herbs fluctuate in price, depending on the season. But dried herbs aren’t nearly as nice. So how do you keep cooking with fresh herbs on a budget? The answer is easy – create your own frozen herb cubes. When herbs are in season and cheap, stock up on them. Chop them up finely and freeze them with a little water in an ice cube tray. Soon enough, you’ll have a great supply of fresh herbs in the freezer which will end up saving you money. All you have to do is pop one out and add it to your pasta sauce, crockpot, soup or whatever meal you’re cooking.
Start thinking of other foods or drinks you only use in small batches and freeze these in ice cube trays for perfect portions that will also save money. This idea works really well if you find yourself making something in bulk and are unsure of how to store it. We have come up with a list to get you started, but there are many more ideas out there.
- Coffee shots – perfect for a tasty iced coffee at home.
- Almond milk – perfect for smoothies.
- Smoothie cubes – add milk and you’re all set. No need to waste time in the morning prepping.
- Homemade salsa, chilli sauce, hot sauce – defrost before dinner for the the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
- Vegetable, chicken and beef stock – the real deal beats powdered stock any day.