Fill an ice tray 1/3 full with water and then partially freeze. Add the fruit to the center of each cubicle, press slightly and freeze a bit longer (this way your choice will remain centered in the cube). Finish by filling the rest of the ice cubicles with water. Freeze completely and forget until time to use.
If you don't want to be this fancy but still want fun cubes, simply put a drop or two of food coloring in each ice cubicle and add water before freezing.
Oh, and if you just want a fun flavor, you can put a drop or two of your favorite food flavoring in each ice cubicle.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
This tip works on all ice trays in any form or shape. Also works well if you are doing the jello and popsicle molds and cubes. I have had the same ice trays for years.
By Janace from Lawton, OK
By Judy from Valley City, ND
Flavored ice cubes are great in water or lemonade on a warm summer day. Here are some ideas for making your own flavored ice cubes. Post your ideas.
Both the water dispenser and ice maker broke on our 11 year old fridge. We are waiting for the rest of the fridge to go kaput before we replace it. Repair will be about $300. The fridge isn't worth that amount. When we buy a bag of ice from the store down the street, the ice is still loose in the bag. Within 5 minutes it's in our freezer and later that day, it's a solid block. Any suggestions to keep the cubes loose in the bag for the next few days?
Holly from Richardson, TX
My brother-in-law taught me this trick years ago, and I remain amazed by it!
Try it - it works. I'm not kidding. (08/11/2008)
But it sounds like your freezer isn't cold enough, (turn the temp to a lower setting) or maybe it is time to start pricing new fridges.
Consider a scratch and dent place. (08/12/2008)
By no name today
I keep my 3 trays inside a gallon plastic bag, not closed. It keeps them clean. (08/12/2008)
My mother used to make iced tea in the summer as many people do, but she would freeze lemonade in freezer ice cube trays and in each compartment she would alternate red and green maraschino cherries. When she had guests she would serve the tea with these flavored cubes in tall clear glasses.
By Snoonie from Baltimore, MD
When making lots of ice cubes for those summer gatherings, store them in brown paper bags in your freezer. They will not become clumped together. It works.
By Sandy from Nova Scotia
Editor's Note: The paper absorbs the water, thus keeping it away from freezing to the other cubes. (06/04/2009)