Some of the simplest kitchen tools become totally irreplaceable gadgets when you start thinking of them outside their normal use. This is what Good Cook: Around the House is all about! Each month we take one of our classic kitcheware items and show you all the ways you can really put that product to use. Check out our latest blog post on Corn on the Cob skewers, then scroll on down for ten top tips for using Ice Cube Trays.

Sure, you can use Good Cook Ice Cube trays for making ice cubes, but in most houses nowadays, an automatic ice-maker will churn out hunks of ice, so who needs these plastic trays anymore? Well, YOU DO! Because Ice Cube trays aren’t just for making ice. Here are ten incredibly useful ways to make your ice cube trays work for you, from a few of our favorite Good Cook Kitchen Experts!

1. “Freeze water with lemon slices, lime slices, fresh berries, and fresh mint to add to mojitos and glasses of water.” Tonya Staab, Create, Celebrate and Explore

2. “I freeze lemon and orange juice for use in recipes.” Melissa Lawler, The Kids are Grown, Now What?

3. “I freeze yogurt in ice cube trays.. then use the yogurt cubes to make smoothies without ice.. keeps them from getting watered down. You can also put a popscicle stick in there and make little popscicles for the kids!” Rachael Orman, Cook, Coupon, Work

4. “Make crayons and use them as little bento style snack boxes around the house or in the backyard while having a picnic.” Jillian Warner, Mommy Tester

5. “I pour leftover wine in them and freeze for later use.” Christina DeSandis Hitchcock, It is a Keeper

6. “Freeze leftover egg whites or yolks from recipes when you only use one or the other.” Donna Currie, Cookistry

7. ” Freeze homemade baby food in them for perfect portion sizes!” Kassie Buck, Coupons and Freebies in TX

8. “Freeze Tomato Pasta for those recipes where you open a can and only use one tablespoon.” Donna Currie, Cookistry

9. “Freeze leftover coffee to make iced coffee later. You can also freeze tea and lemonade to put in your summer drinks.” Donna Currie, Cookistry

10. “Freeze color ice cubes with bubble bath soap for bath time fun.” Kimberly Spencer, Kimberly’s Thoughts

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