Even if you own an automatic ice maker, ice cube trays can be a useful tool to keep around. If you don’t have any, you can almost always find them (very cheap) at a garage sale, thrift store or, ask a friend or neighbor–they probably have an extra tray lying around.
Use ice cube trays to freeze liquid or pureed food into easy-to-portion cubes. One cube = approx. 2 tablespoons, 8 cubes = approx. 1 cup. Currently, I’m using my trays to freeze pureed baby food for my 9 month old son. You can also use the trays to freeze soup stock, tomato sauce, applesauce or any other liquid or semi-liquid food. Freeze leftover fresh herbs by placing them in a cube with water. When you’re ready to use the herbs, toss the cube in a pot of soup or sauce. Ice cube trays also are good for freezing leftover foods that you may not use for a few weeks, such as gravy or tomato paste.