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 which lets you freeze and store things vertically. Once frozen, just pop the cubes into a dated Ziplock for longer-term storage.
Here are 12 ideas for how to use them.
This works best with firmer herbs like rosemary or sage. (You could also puree everything together — herbs + oil + salt & pepper — and freeze pesto.) Find step-by-step instructions at The Kitchn.
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.
This is also a great way to use up any avocados that you know you won’t be able to eat before they cross over to ~the dark side~. Instructions here.
You could also make little snack bites. The ones above mix in pomegranate seeds and bit of sugar. Recipe here.
And it’s totally fine if they’re a little wilted too — you won’t be able to tell once they get pureed. More info on freezing greens here.
Extra caffeine FTW. This version makes almond milk lattes with them.
When was the last time you used an entire can in one recipe? These instructions have you freeze them in dollops, but ice cube trays work too.
Also, pro tip from a reader: “Open both ends with a can opener. Do the top, take it off, flip it over and open the bottom. Then push the paste out from the bottom — that way, nothing goes to waste.”
This version uses muffin tins but ice cube trays work too — with two cubes equal to about a quarter cup. Instructions here.
Perfect for the warmer months. More here.
These can stay good for several months in the freezer. Find more info on safely pureeing and storing baby food here.
Cravings? Solved. Find the instructions here.