20 Creative Uses for Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays

Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays.  Not Just for Ice!

If you eat and drink out much, you may have noticed a new trend that has taken over the food and drink industry.   The ice cubes are getting larger and larger.  Large ice cubes are perfect for any drinks because the ice melts more slowly, which prevents your drink from getting watered down. So it makes perfect sense for bars to use them.   But Extra large ice cube trays are not just for ice cubes. There are lots of creative ways to use them.20 creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube traysI am a huge fan of silicone kitchen products.  I recently had the opportunity to test a set of some extra large silicone ice cube trays, and did I ever have fun with them!  I had to think outside the box a bit, but I came up with 20 creative ideas for using this wonderful kitchen gadget.

1. Super Sized Ice Cubes. You can make your own super sized ice cubes just by freezing water in small Dixie cups, but special extra large silicone ice cube trays make it much easier and takes up much less space in the freezer too.supersized ice cubes are all the rage at high end bars and restaurants.  Make them easily with a jumbo silicone ice cube tray.

So now that you have your handy tool,  and know that will be an essential bar tool, what else can you do with it other than making sure you don’t have watered down drinks?

2. Left Over Gravy. The next thing that pops into my mind comes from a trick that I learned when my husband and I were traveling in Germany before we were married.  Some friends that we met there hosted dinner for us and I remember the guy asking “are you a one cube or a two cube gravy person?”  They had frozen left over gravy and then just popped a cube or two for each person when they had a roast.  Well, with these ice cube trays, we are one just a “one cube person!” Don’t throw out that extra gravy after you have a roast. Freeze it in these trays and then take out what you need one or two cubes at a time. (each cavity holds 1/2 cup of gravy!Freeze left over gravy in silicione ice cube trays for later use3. Tomato Paste.  There are tubes of tomato paste which you can use for just a few tablespoons at a time, but they are quite pricey.  Buy the larger cans of tomato paste and then use what you need and freeze the left overs in the silicone ice cube trays for later use.  Saves money and waste as well.

freeze left over tomato paste

4. Buttermilk.  I love recipes with buttermilk but find that even the smaller containers has more in it than I would use in just a few weeks.  Use what you need for your recipe and freeze the remainder for another day.   Just freeze then pop into zip lock bags and label the package with today’s date.Frozen buttermilk cubes

5. Coffee Flavored Chocolate milk.  Most coffee drinkers also like the taste of cold chocolate milk.  Mix them together for a great taste sensation.  Make yours special with a specialty “cookies and cream” coffee flavored chocolate milk by breaking up cookies such as Keebler chocolate cookies into small pieces in the ice cube cavities and pour coffee over the top and freeze.   Smake specialty iced coffee in silicone ice cube trays

 

Once you have your cubes, pour a cold glass of chocolate milk and add a bit of cocoa powder and sugar.  Drop in your coffee flavored ice cube.  It will start out like chocolate milk, but gradually take of the taste of coffee as the cube melts and leave you with a gooey cookie surprise at the bottom of the glass.

Cookies and cream coffee flavored chocolate milk6. Juice Pops.  I have those special Popsicle makers somewhere in one of my drawers but can never lay my hands on them when I want to make the darn things.  Make healthy Popsicles by freezing your favorite fruit juice.  Just add a Popsicle stick or even a small spoon into the center and freeze. The size is perfect for a snack and you will know it is not filled with refined sugar. My husband was just diagnosed with high cholesterol.  I made these juice pops from Minute maid orange juice with added Sterols as a treat for him.  (It is supposed to slightly lower cholesterol)orange juice pops

7. Coconut milk.  I make curries all the time and one of the ingredients often called for is coconut milk.  But normally, a recipe will ask for a cup, or 1/2 cup and the cans contain so much more.  Just freeze the left over coconut milk,  then place in zip locks and date.  The next time you make a curry, you’ll have the coconut milk and won’t have wasted a drop!frozen coconut milk cubes

8.  Home made stock.  Save your left over vegetable scraps, or chicken or beef bones and add water and make your own home made stock.  Use what you need now for soup or other recipes and freeze the remainder in these over sized ice cube trays.  Need a cup of stock for a recipe later?  No problem.  Just pop out two frozen stock cubes and add it to your recipe.  Home made stock in just a few minutes!  This plate has veggie stock, chicken stock and beef stock all ready to use in a future recipe.home made stock can be frozen9.  Single serving sweet treats.  If you are anything like me, having lots of brownies or cupcakes out means that I’ll just eat them.   Make your favorite mix and only keep out what you need for today or tomorrow.   Freeze the rest in the silicone tray.  Or, better yet, make them to order.  There are loads of coffee mug cake recipes out there on the internet.  Mix them up and drop the batter into the ice cube trays and microwave or bake them.  Since the trays are made of silicone, they can withstand heat up to 450 degrees.  This one is my banana chocolate cupcake recipe.single serve treat10. Egg muffins.  Drop some diced ham,( or line the cavity with ham slices, add some sliced mushrooms, diced peppers or whatever you like in your eggs and then mix some eggs and milk together.  Pour over the milk mixture and bake for about 20 minutes at 350º.  You can even add the cracked egg whole and then put shredded cheese on the top for an egg muffin with a runny surprise center.   Freeze the ones you don’t use and pop them out when you want breakfast on the go.egg cups made in silicone ice cube trays11. DIY Soaps.  Combine blocks of glycerin,  with some liquid food coloring in different colors in batches. Heat it in the microwave and if you wish, grease the cavities of the silicone trays with petroleum jelly.  Pour in the melted and colored glycerin and let it sit for a few hours. The soaps will pop right out of the cavities.  Store in a fancy jar in the bathroom.  The soaps will get smaller with each wash of the hands, of course.    Makes lovely guest sized soaps in pretty colors. Don’t use much food coloring, since it is very concentrated.

DIY soap cubes

Photo credit Martha Stewart.

12.  Baby Food. When my daughter was a baby, I would take the food that I had made for our dinner that was not too spicy and pureed it with a blender. These 1/2 cup sized ice cube portions are the perfect size for baby food.  I credit my daughter not being a picky eater to doing this when she was younger.  She has always eaten whatever we eat.  Fruits can be pureed and frozen for later use too.  The size is just perfect.make your own 1/2 cup baby food servings in a jumbo silicone ice cube tray

13. Spaghetti sauce.  Ever needed just a cup of tomato sauce for a recipe and then found the rest of the bottle growing mold a few months later in the back of the fridge?  No more with these trays.  Immediately freeze, then pop out, store in zip lock baggies and label. Next time you need just a cup, you will have it handy and won’t have to waste another bottle.

14. Frozen yogurt pops. There are so many lovely flavors of yoghurt now.  Freeze some of them for a healthy low cal “ice cream” treat in exactly 1/2 cup servings. Greek yoghurt is rich and creamy and makes great yogurt pops. (affiliate link.)

Greek yogurt makes great frozen pops

Image credit Chobani on Amazon

15. Left over wine.  Wait…what is left over wine?  Well, if you do have just a bit in the bottle, place it in the handy 1/2 cup cavities and freeze. Many recipes call for 1/2 cup of wine, so you will have it handy. Can be done with both white and red wine. Also, what could be better to chill down white wine that is at room temperature than a big ole white wine ice cube? Brilliant!  (Note, the frozen wine will be more like a slushy ice cube because of freezing qualities of wine, but it will still keep the wine cold without diluting it.)Keep wine cool wthout diluting it with frozen wine cubes16. End of season herbs.  At the end of the summer, bring in the last of your fresh herbs and dice them and place them in the cavities of the ice cube trays. Cover with olive oil, coconut oil, or stock and freeze.  Pop out, store in zip locks and label.  Perfect for fresh herb taste all winter long for your favorite recipes.  Olive oil or coconut oil is best because it preserves the freshness and prevents some of the freezer burn.  (see some other ways to use up end of season herbs here.)

freeze fresh herbs in silicone ice traysWhen the cubes are hardened, label them and put in zip lock bags for later. This picture shows basil cubes, rosemary cubes, mixed herb cubes, tarragon cubes, parsley cubes and thyme cubes.  What a wonderful thing they will be to have to cook during the winter when most herbs are dormant.

freeze fresh herbs in olive oil

17. Left over sauces.  My husband and I love food with sauces, but I usually end up with more then just the two of us can eat.  Freeze the left over sauce in the ice cube trays and you will have it to dress up plain chicken or beef the next time you are in a hurry for dinner.

18. Left over coffee.  Do you have a pot of really good freshly brewed coffee but can’t drink it all? Freeze it in these big ice cube trays and use it to make iced coffee later.  The large sized cubes will melt very slowly and keep the drink really cold without watering it down like normal ice cubes will do.  Just pour over 1/3 freshly brewed coffee and 2/3 milk.iced coffee

19. Healthy Smoothies. Do you add spinach or kale to smoothies?  Puree until smooth and add to the ice cube trays. Use the frozen kale or spinach cubes later to make healthy smoothies for a fast morning drink.

20. Fruit juice cubes.  There are times of the year when citrus fruits are a real bargain.  Buy them in bulk and use the juice to make extra large fruit juice cubes. Add to sparkling water or mixed drinks for a taste that won’t get watering as the cubes melt.Grapefruit ice cubes are great in mixed drinks.

 I received a set of these ice cube trays in exchange for linking to them in this post.  I only recommend products that I feel are useful to my readers.  I just loved using them and would recommend them to anyone.  If you would like a set for yourself, you can see them here on Amazon.

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  20 comments for “20 Creative Uses for Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays

  1. 03/09/2015 at 12:10 am

    I love the idea of left over herbs being frozen in the ice cubes. Herbs frozen in olive oil. These larger trays would be cute with edible flowers frozen in water. Rose petals or pansy. Frozen Aloe Vera cubes for soothing burns.

    I love all your ideas, thanks. 🙂

  2. Rust
    03/11/2015 at 4:42 pm

    Perfect for my homemade stocks! Thanks!

    • admin
      03/11/2015 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Rusts. I love the fact that they hold 1/2 cup portions. Just perfect for stock! Carol

  3. 03/21/2015 at 9:24 pm

    These are really good ideas. I think I’m going to use the Coffee Flavored Chocolate milk and juice pops real soon! I never thought about how much heat they can take! I have a few interesting recipes that would be perfect for these sizes.

    • admin
      03/21/2015 at 11:08 pm

      HI Taya. I agree. It doesn’t make sense that ice cube trays could go in the oven, but these sure do! Carol

  4. Sarah L
    04/02/2015 at 3:51 am

    That’s a great bunch of ideas for the trays. I plan to win, but may end up buying them if I don’t.
    Thanks for the contest.

    • admin
      04/02/2015 at 10:26 am

      I had fun with these Sarah. Good luck with your entry! Carol

  5. Kathleen M Smith
    04/03/2015 at 2:45 pm

    What a great product! I would also use it for freezing yogurt culture for making homemade yogurt!

    • admin
      04/03/2015 at 4:29 pm

      That’s a great idea Kathleen! Carol

  6. Georgia
    04/03/2015 at 4:29 pm

    I just saw the way to use these tray’s, I just love the ideals on how to save. This will really help as our family will soon be down to 2 adults. Our nest will be empty!! This will help make it easier for me and will save a bunch on Money… Thank you

    • admin
      04/03/2015 at 4:31 pm

      HI Georgia. I just love the size of each portion.That is what makes them so handy! Carol

  7. wen budro
    04/04/2015 at 2:44 pm

    Wow….those are some great ideas. I will definitely be trying most of them. Thank you for the awesome post!!!

    • admin
      04/04/2015 at 3:26 pm

      My pleasure Wen. Glad you enjoyed the article. Carol

  8. Dianna Davis
    04/04/2015 at 8:45 pm

    Wow!! Now this is so great thank you so much for sharing– I always take my left over coffe and put it in Ice trays to make my ice coffee drinks in the summer.

    • admin
      04/04/2015 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Dianna. Glad you enjoyed the article. Carol

  9. Nancy
    04/04/2015 at 9:03 pm

    I like all the suggestions you gave for using this helper!

  10. Sue Hull
    04/04/2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love these big ice cube trays! I’m always saying I wish I could have bigger ice cubes, I drink lots of ice tea so these are perfect. Thank you for the chance 🙂

    • admin
      04/05/2015 at 10:27 am

      My pleasure Sue. I am really enjoying using mine! Carol

  11. Handful
    04/06/2015 at 11:24 am

    People have leftover wine?? 😉

    Love the 1/2 cup portion!

    • admin
      04/06/2015 at 12:05 pm

      Hi! No left over wine in my house! LOL My favorite part of these is the half cup portion. That is what sets them apart!
      Carol

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