DIY Ice Tray Preserving for Holiday Recipes

Sophie Uliano is giving you some helpful pointers on how to store you leftovers after the holiday feasts.



Mashed Roasted Garlic - Roast the garlic (Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over each exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Cover the bulb with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed) and then squeeze out the garlic, mix with a little olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays. You can add to soups, casseroles, chilis etc over the Holidays.

Chipotle in Adobo – Blend a can of Chipotle Chilis in Adobo sauce in the blender, and pour into ice cube trays. Use this in Chili and of course Taco night!

Herbs in Olive Oil – Use herbs like parsley, sage, tarragon, basil, cilantro oregano. Blend them with olive oil and freeze in an ice cube tray. This way you can enjoy the taste of delicious, freshly picked summer herbs through the Holidays. You can combo them up to make an Italian Blend with Parsley, oregano and basil. Defrost on stove top or microwave.


Date Paste – This is perfect when using date puree to sweeten dessert or you can add it to your morning smoothie! Mix 10 dates with 2 cups of water and simmer slowly for 15 minutes. You can ten blend and freeze in large ice cubes trays.

Wine - So many winter recipes call for a 1/4 cup of red or white wine, and I don’t want to have to open a bottle for this. Simply empty the dregs of whatever bottles you have hanging around into ice cube trays, and you’re set for all your Holiday cooking.

Honey & Ginger – Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice, 2 tbsp honey, and 1 tsp freshly grated ginger in a mixing cup and pour into large ice cubes to freeze. Pop in a cup with a lemon cube and you have the perfect winter drink!

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