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2X4: Four Other Things to Put In Ice Cube Trays

On a hot day, there’s nothing better than an ice-filled beverage. But the weather is cooling off, so let’s see what else we can do with that piece of plastic living in your freezer. Here are four of our favorite things to put in ice cube trays (besides water):

  

Herbs. Like all good things, fresh herbs do come to an end (they have a shorter shelf-life than you realize). But, there is a way to preserve them so they can be used for delicious, fresh-tasting meals year-round. All you need is an ice cube tray and a little bit of olive oil! You could use water, but preserving herbs in oil reduces the risk of browning and freezer burn. Divide the herbs you want to preserve in the tray and then top them off with oil. Pop that baby in the freezer, and use your olive-oil cubes whenever a recipe calls for them!

Pocket Stuff. If you’ve ever accidentally included a pen in your laundry cycle and ruined a favorite shirt, you understand the importance of a pre-cycle pocket check. Instead of ruining clothes or losing coins in the washer, keep an ice cube tray in the laundry room. Before you throw those pants in the machine, empty the pockets and toss the contents in the ice cube tray. You’ll be surprised by what you save!

  

Photo 1: Petite Fraise | Etsy

Jewelry. It’s fun to have variety, but it can be almost impossible to keep track of your entire collection of earrings. Next time you need a specific pair of gold sparklers, grab them from an organized ice cube tray instead of digging through a massive jewelry box. If you’re a little anal about your bling, you can even organize them by metal and color within the tray! If you don’t love the look of an ice cube tray on your dresser or desk, keep it in a drawer or give it a coat of bright spray paint.

IKEA Parts. IKEA is awesome. Where else can you leave with a bed, a new lamp and delicious meatballs for less than it costs to fill up your gas tank? It’s basically highway robbery, but it does come with a cost: time. Make furniture-assembly go faster by organizing your tools in an ice cube tray while you work. That way, you’ll be able to put part “B” in piece “D” without embarking on a search-and-rescue mission along your carpet!

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