We might not know it, but freezers are our best friends.
Whether you’re freezing big batches of food or chopped up fruit and veggies, freezers are always there, with open arms, to make cooking just that much easier in our crazy-busy lives and to save us from unnecessary waste.
But, it’s true, when we think of freezer food the things that come to mind are grey, bland and heavily processed. It’s grandma’s casserole from 2012. And stray frozen chips covered in who knows what.
Not the case with these quick, easy and time-saving ice cube ideas.
Pesto is a wonderful sauce to have in the fridge for pasta, marinades, pizza and dipping. That being said, it usually goes off before we can eat the whole jar -- especially if it’s freshly made from a deli.
Instead of making your own pesto in small batches (ain't nobody got time for that), buy a good quality store-bought pesto and fill an ice cube tray with the fragrant green sauce and put it in the freezer.
So when you’re next making pesto pasta, you can simply pop out a cube of pesto and use as normal. It wont freeze fully due to the oil base, but it will keep it fresh.
Lemon Ice Cubes
Having a glass of lemon water in the morning is a popular routine and for good reason -- lemons can aid in detoxification, improve digestion and boost immune health due to its high vitamin C content.
Though sometimes it feels impossible to find a spare few minutes in the morning in between getting the kids and ourselves ready, so this idea makes getting your daily lemon intake easy.
Blend four peeled lemons, pulp and all (or the just the juice if you prefer a less intense flavour), with 350ml of water. Pour the lemon concentrate into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Pop a lemon cube in room temp water and it melts quickly, cooling and flavouring water, simultaneously.
Berry Infused Ice Cubes
These infused ice cubes are as pretty as they are tasty.
Perfect for making water less boring, berry ice cubes add colour and flavour -- they can also be added to sparkling water and your favourite sodas or summer alcoholic drinks.
Lemonade with raspberry ice cubes and mint -- yes, please!
Simply place a few of your favourite berries in an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. It’s a great one to get the kids involved, too.