How Ice Cube Trays Save Us Serious Money
In my post about trying to resist the urge to buy more stuff, I mentioned that ice cube trays had been my single most pivotal purchase in the past few months. I know it seems odd to write a post on not buying anything and then turn around and write another saying the complete opposite. However, my last post wasn’t meant to be an all or nothing proposition.
Yes, the idea of practicing purchasing restraint is appealing. As is the challenge I see all over the Internet about practicing a year of buying nothing new. Side note, check out these fun post from other bloggers if you’re interested in the process, I love reading about how others are saving.
We just aren’t in the right head space to try a challenge like this currently, but it’s something I would love to try in the future.
That said, let’s talk about purchasing with intent. As I delve deeper into my zero food waste journey, I realize that there are some necessary tools for preventing waste. Off the top of my head:
- A good blender
- A compost bin
- Food storage containers of various sizes
- And now, I’d include ice cube trays.
As I made my latest list of want items, I just kept coming back to the idea that saving food would be so much easier if I had ice cube trays. Our fridge has an ice machine so we’ve never needed them in the past.
Who knew ice cube trays could have so many functions? But they really have made saving food SO much easier.
I bought these Silicone Ice Trays a few weeks ago and have used them at least 10 times since. They are quick to clean and pliable which makes getting the cubes out way easier than normal trays.
Here are just a few uses I’ve discovered thus far:
- Blending leftover fruit from our holiday brunch for pre-packaged, ready to go smoothie cubes.
- Blending herbs that were about ready to turn with some oil for easy sauté and soup flavoring.
- Freezing leftover homemade applesauce into individual cubes. I pull a cube out in the morning and put it into a small container for Noe’s lunches. By lunch time, the cube has melted and she has a little portion of apple sauce to eat.
- Pouring extra orange juice we had from our Christmas brunch into the trays and freezing for smoothies add-ins.
- Roasting our leftover mini Halloween pumpkins, pureeing and freezing them. I’ll pull out a cube to mix into my batter the next time I make oat bars.
The ice cube trays are running me about 90 cents per use right now. But have probably saved me $30 in would-be wasted food and that’s just in the first few weeks!
This just goes to show that not all new purchases are frivolous, even if they seem it in the beginning. Sometimes reducing food waste takes a little upfront investment and a new item or two.