12 Brilliant Uses For Ice Cube Trays

Or: how to save money, leftovers, and fridge space.

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Use them to preserve leftovers that you might otherwise throw away — like extra tomato paste, broth, or buttermilk — in perfect grab-and-go quantities: one standard-size cube equals about two tablespoons; and two cubes are 1/4 cup. You can also extend the life of soon-to-wilt veggies and herbs, or make bite-sized desserts.

Once whatever you're freezing has set, bendable silicone ice cube trays make removal super easy. If you're short on fridge space, opt for a lidded tray that lets you freeze and store things vertically. Once frozen, just pop the cubes into a dated ziplock bag for longer-term storage.

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Here are 12 ideas for how to use them.

For a quick way to finish off sauces and stews, freeze extra chicken, beef, or vegetable stock into grab-and-go cubes.

For a quick way to finish off sauces and stews, freeze extra chicken, beef, or vegetable stock into grab-and-go cubes.

Instead of throwing away half-used boxes of stock, portion them out to use in recipes that call for a bit of liquid to add flavor at the end. More here.

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