Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tasty Delights-- Ice cubes?

Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

This last week I took to freezing all kinds of things. 
Crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, herbs, lemon juice. 

Hold on with me a sec. I know these aren't really a recipe but they were fun to make and a great money saver so I decided I'd share them for today's Tasty Tuesday. 

I always end up with extra ingredients when I'm working on recipes and it usually just sits around until it spoils so I thought I'd try something new and start freezing it all in ready to use amounts.

If you're going to use any of them in a recipe that requires a specific amount make sure to test your ice cube trays before you start to see how much each slot holds. Mine held 1-2 Tablespoons per cube so pretty perfect for cooking :)

Check them all out after the jump!

~*~Crushed Tomatoes/Tomato Sauce/etc ~*~
I had the star trays on hand but regular ice trays would work too 
and maybe not be quite so messy :)

How blasted cute are these? 

A couple tomato stars tossed into my veggies. 
They heat up quickly and added the perfect amount of tomato to the topping for my baked potato.

~*~ Herbs from the Garden! ~*~
This is great for keeping a stash of fresh herbs year round. Either direct from the garden or those expensive little pouches you can get at the grocery store that always go bad before you can use them all. 

I did basil and oregano from the garden and parsley from the store this time. 

These melt really quick so have a container ready to go as soon as you pop them out of the mold and get them in the freezer fast. 

This works with olive oil but did not work with regular veggie oil. Those just wouldn't firm up enough to pop out of the mold

~*~Lemon juice, mint and fruits just for fun ~*~

I did some just for fun ones too. But you could use lemon or lime juice to freeze cilantro, etc for recipes too. Really there's so many options :)

Mint from the garden frozen in lemon juice. 
I'm think this would be great for making iced tea!

How pretty would these be at a dinner party to liven up the drinks?

~*~ Veggie Broth ~*~

This one's my favorite because I never seem to be able to use an entire container of broth before it spoils and the veggie broth is not only expensive but blasted hard to find too!

So that's my ice cubing fun this week :)
Happy freezing!

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  1. What a really neat idea! They all look awesome! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. I do this with milk. We don't drink milk or use it that often so I rarely have it in my refrigerator. Sometimes I will need like 3 tbsp for some Kraft mac & cheese or 1/2 cup for some recipe. I live in the boonies where there is only a convenience store close to me. And it's about $5 for a 1/2 gallon of milk. I'd use 3 tbsp and the rest would expire before I could use it. So, my mama told me to freeze some. It has worked out well for what I need it for. It looks yellow when it's frozen but when it thaws it's white again. I usually just drop the milk ice cube in the pot with the hot cooked noodles and it melts. This saves me money and time. But I've never thought of freezing anything else like that. Great idea!

    1. Oh I didn't think of freezing milk! I'm not in the boonies but I'm not a real milk drinker. I only buy it for recipes and can never get through the half gallon in time. I'm so going to freeze some of this jug! Oh I'm all excited now :) LOL. Thanks!


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