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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thirteen Uses for Ice Cube Trays | Family Economics

By Trisha

Are ice cube trays becoming an old-fashioned kitchen item at your house? If so, it’s time to re-purpose and re-use them.

Don’t toss out your ice cube trays just because you now have an automatic ice maker in your freezer. There are a lot of great uses for this old-fashioned kitchen item.

Here are my top 13 ideas:

• Fruit juice ice cubes – Pour your favorite fruit juice in the tray and place in the freezer to make a summer treat for your kids.

• Frozen gelatin ice pops – Freeze gelatin for another fun treat for the kids. Click here for the recipe.

• Snack tray – Fill each opening with kid-friendly snacks such as fish crackers, raisins, grapes, carrot sticks, cereal, etc. This is perfect for little fingers and makes a fun serving dish.

• Cookie or cupcake decorating – Fill an ice cube tray with various sprinkles and candies to decorate frosted cookies, cupcakes or ice cream sundaes. This is perfect when hosting a child’s party.

• Lemonade cubes – Pour lemonade into the ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, add to your glass of water for a refreshing taste.

• Spices – Freeze your fresh garden spices for the winter. Just add the spices and a bit of water to the tray.

• Cookie dough – Scoop cookie dough into each ice cube compartment and freeze then pop out and place into Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags. You now have the perfect size cookies ready to bake.

• Iced coffee – Pour your leftover coffee into each ice cube compartment and freeze. Now you can use them to make frozen coffee drinks.

• Jewelry – Organize and store your rings, earrings and necklaces to keep them from getting tangled or lost.

• Paint holder – Pour different colored paint into each ice cube compartment for mess-free painting with the kids.

• Craft organizer – Use to organize small craft supplies.

• Office supplies – Place an ice cube tray inside your desk to help contain your supplies such as paper clips, pushpins, rubber bands, etc.

• Dad’s work bench organizer – Store nails, screws and miscellaneous tiny things to keep dad’s work area clean and organized.

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, K from Canada wrote

Love the cookie dough idea.....gonna have to try it :)

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Katie in the Midwest wrote

Great ideas. Thanks for listing them.

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, beveanne mckinley wrote

i like these thanks for the link to the recipe. the first one i'm trying is coffee

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, mail4rosey wrote

How nifty! I love these ideas. There are several I fully intend to use...frozen coffee, decorations for baking with the kiddos, and freezing my spices. Thank you!

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Grandma Cindy from Indiana wrote

This is going to save a few fusses around here!! The girls love to paint. I buy large bottles of tempra from the craft store. I had been using ramikins to put paint in. But the girls fuss over who gets what color etc.... I will just get them each an old ice tay and ... WAH LA..... instant peace!

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Happy Home Fairy wrote

Girl, you never cease to amaze me with all your ideas!!!


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