52 - Flavor Cubes 🧊💥

  
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Today’s lesson is 321 words, a 1 min 17 sec reading time. It is the fifth lesson of How to Hack Your Freezer.

📍Introduction: 

Flavor cubes, also known as “flavor bombs,” are an organized home chef’s secret weapon. These concentrated bursts help you reduce waste & save time by adding a punch of flavor fast. They take little time to prepare and require only an ice cube tray and zip bag to create & store. Feel free to get creative with what you prep, freeze & save for future use. 

⚙️ Gear 

  • Ice cube tray

  • Zip bag (optional)

📝 Notes, Tips & Tricks: 

  • Ice cube trays with lids offer stackability. They also protect the cubes from freezer burn & absorbing smells.

  • Silicone makes for easier cube popping, but can absorb some smells/flavors (e.g., garlic) 

  • Smaller trays like this one are ideal for highly concentrated flavors (e.g., minced ginger) 

  • Defrosting at room temperature is best (~15 minutes), but you can microwave in a pinch. Check every 15-30 seconds to avoid accidental cooking.

👆 Varieties: 

  • Pesto: Can be used for sandwiches, pasta, dressing veggies & meat, topping a grain bowl

  • Herb cubes: Dice hearty herbs (e.g., rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage) & cover with olive oil. Alternatively, blend with softened butter for a spin on “compound butter.”  

  • Citrus juice: Lemon, lime, orange & grapefruit make great additions to cocktails, salad dressings, or bubbly water. 

  • Minced garlic/ginger: Great for adding to stir-fries, soups, salad dressing, and dips. You can also buy them pre-made. 

  • Wine: save leftovers for use in sauces & braises 

  • Sauces & fats (leftover): you can save marinades, bacon fat, stir-fry sauce & pan juices for future reuse  

  • Broth/stock: boil it down for extra concentrated, space-saving cubes; adds depth & richness to grains, sauces, sautées, etc.

  • Coffee: great for keeping iced coffee strong 

  • Fruit purrée: can be used in bellinis or smoothies or eaten like a popsicle. 

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