These 20 creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube trays show that they are not just for making 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.
Questions about silicone ice cube trays
I get questions about these ice cube trays from readers all the time. Here are a few of them answered:
Can silicone ice cube trays be used for baking?
Yes, they can. Since these ice cube trays are made of silicone, they can take up up to 450 degrees F.
You can use them in a conventional oven, a convection oven or a microwave oven.
How often should silicone ice cube trays be washed?
If you are using the trays to make ice cubes, wash them once a month. For other uses, wash the trays each time you use them so that the odors don’t transfer.
It is best to have dedicated trays for non food uses for safety’s sake.
Are silicone ice cube trays safe to freeze?
Good quality, food grade silicone trays are made without petroleum based chemicals, BPA, BPS or other fillers.
It is safe to store food in them in the fridge or freezer.
Silicone trays are actually safer than normal plastic ice cube trays.
Are silicone ice cube trays dishwasher safe?
Yes, just toss these onto the top rack and wash with your dishes as usual.Do you have some of the big silicone ice cube trays at home? They aren't just for making ice cubes. Find out else you can do with them on The Gardening Cook. Click To Tweet
How to use silicone ice cube trays
These extra large ice cube trays are not just for ice cubes. There are lots of creative ways to use them.
I am a huge fan of silicone kitchen products. From silicone baking mats to muffin cups and ice cube trays, these products can take the heat and the cold.
I like to think outside the box a bit when it comes to using kitchen products, so I came up with 20 creative ideas for using this wonderful kitchen gadget.
Be sure to check out my article that shows how to use silicone baking mats. It has lots of creative tips to try.
You can make your own super sized ice cubes just by freezing water in small Dixie cups.
Take it a step further with these special extra large silicone ice cube trays. The make this job much easier and takes up much less space in the freezer too.
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. Use big ice cube trays to freeze 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. (Believe it or not, each cavity holds 1/2 cup of gravy!)
3. Freeze tomato paste to use later in ice cube trays
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 cheaper 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.
This saves money and waste as well.
4. Save buttermilk for later
I love recipes with buttermilk but find that even the smaller containers have more in them 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.
5. Make coffee flavored chocolate milk in silicone ice cube trays
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. Do this by breaking up cookies such as Keebler chocolate cookies into small pieces in the ice cube cavities.
Pour coffee over the top and freeze in large 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.
6. Silicone ice cube tray 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.
You can also make healthy Popsicles by freezing your favorite fruit juice. Just add a Popsicle stick or even a small spoon into the center of large silicone ice cubes trays filled with juice 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)
7. Freeze coconut milk for later
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 in big silicone ice cube trays, then place the cubes 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!
8.Home made stock freezes well in these trays
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.
9. Single serving sweet treats can be baked in silicone ice cube trays
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.
10. Silicone ice cube tray egg muffins
Drop some diced ham, or line the cavity of the silicone trays 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.
More creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube trays
We aren’t done yet. There are lots of other ideas for using these big silicone ice cube trays. You’ll be surprised to see what else you can do with them!
11. DIY Soaps made in silicone ice cube trays
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 the melted and colored glycerin into silicone ice cube trays 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.
12. Silicone ice cube trays for 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 puree it in 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.
13. Spaghetti sauce frozen in ice cube trays
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 large silicone ice cube 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 cubes
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 a great healthy dessert when topped with your favorite fruit.
15. Freeze left over wine
Wait…is there such a thing as 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. This 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.)
16. Preserve end of season herbs in ice cube trays
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 large 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.)
When the cubes are hardened, label them and put in zip lock bags for later.
What a wonderful thing they will be to have to cook during the winter when most herbs are dormant.
Get more ideas for preserving herbs here.
17. Freeze left over sauces in big silicone trays
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. Freeze left over coffee for ice 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.
19. Healthy smoothies
Do you add spinach or kale to smoothies? Puree until smooth and add to the silicone ice cube trays.
Use the frozen kale or spinach cubes later to make healthy smoothies for a fast morning drink.
20. Make pretty fruit 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.
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Admin note: this post for using silicone ice cube trays first appeared on the blog in March of 2015. I have update the post to add new photos, more tips, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.
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- Fresh herbs
- Extra virgin oiive oil
- Ice cube tray
- Be sure to choose very fresh herbs. Chop the herbs or cut them into small pieces or use leaves.
- Fill each of the ice cube tray sections about 2/3 full of herb pieces.
- Pour extra virgin olive oil over the herbs.
- Cover the ice cube tray with a cover, or use plastic wrap to seal it.
- Freeze several hours, or overnight.
- When the cubes are frozen, place them in zip lock freezer bags and label with type of herb and date.
- To use later, remove a single cube and use it in a frying pin with your recipe.