Q. What can I do to make ice cubes more interesting?
A. In addition to interesting shapes for the ice itself, you can add a festive touch to cold beverages by freezing strawberries, cranberries and/or mint sprigs in the ice cubes.
Q. How do I freeze a casserole without the casserole dish?
A. Freezing an extra casserole doesn't have to mean that all your dishes are in the deep freeze. To freeze a casserole without its dish, line the casserole dish with plastic wrap, folding wrap over the edges, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add the combined ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze.
When frozen, lift the food from the dish using the edges of the plastic wrap. Wrap in freezer paper or place in a resealable plastic freezer food storage bag. Return to the freezer.
When you're ready to cook the food, remove it from the freezer and discard the plastic wrap. Place it in its original dish, cover and thaw in the refrigerator. Bake according to the recipe directions.
You know that you can use fruit as an adornment for ice, but it has other uses as well. Find out how to bake with frozen blueberries in the next section.
To learn more about freezing foods, check out the following related links:
- How Food Preservation Works: Refrigeration and Freezing
- How Freeze-Drying Works
- Foods - Fresh vs. Frozen or Canned
- Healthy Foods to Stock in Your Refrigerator or Freezer
- Refrigerator and Freezer Basics and Minor Repairs