How can you save money with ice cubes? Well, other than the obvious, not buying a bag of ice and instead using your own water to make ice cubes, there probably aren’t many ways to save money with plain old ice. However, when you use your ice cube trays and fill them with food (baby food, sauces, broths, etc.) that is when you can save money. 1 Cube = 1 Tablespoon (approx.)
When I had my second child I wanted to stay home full-time. I knew that saving money on baby food would be something I could do to help cut our costs. So, I pureed vegetables and fruits with a little water and poured them into ice cube trays. When they were frozen I would pop them out and store them in baggies. This was so convenient and allowed me to have food for my baby in short order. (Several years later I purchased the book Super Baby Food and found that this method is discussed quite a bit.)
Saving money on baby food is great, but what about other foods? The picture above is of frozen turkey broth. Sometimes you might not need large quantities, and a couple of tablespoons might be all you need. Another food I have frozen in cubes is spaghetti/pizza sauce. I have found that 4 cubes is plenty for a large homemade pizza. This eliminates any waste and I can make a large batch of sauce one time and reap the benefits for several meals.
Since I am always looking for ways to save time and money in the kitchen I am sure I will come up with other ways to make this idea work for me. Maybe you can use your ice cube trays to save money as well. Join Works for Me Wednesday for more great ideas.