If you’re like me, your mind probably conjures awesome meals you want to make at pretty much exactly the same time you want to be eating them. Which doesn’t leave much time for prepping, cooking, and assembling it before you hulk out and get all Hangry — that special brand of hunger-angry.
However, my partner and I have devised a method to ease at least one aspect of meal preparation — a food-hack for fast and perfectly seasoned salsa or guacamole.
- Old-school ice cube trays
- A freezer
Of course, given our modern age of intelligent refrigerators that not only make their own ice but also tell you the temperature and probably could fold your laundry, you might be wondering what, exactly, is an “ice cube tray.” If so, this post may not be for you. (We were amazed one day when my partner’s godson, who had stopped by one day while out biking with a friend, exclaimed “What’s that!?” when we pulled out a tray to provide ice for his ginger ale. He’d apparently never seen one before, since ice “just comes out of the fridge door thing!” Le sigh.)
Prep is easy:
- Juice the limes
- Chop up the cilantro
- Fill the trays
- Wait for maybe a day?
We put at least enough chopped cilantro in each spot to fill it halfway up, then top the whole thing up with lime juice. Extensive experimentation has revealed that the perfect portion for guacamole is one frozen cilimetro cube per avocado, since it provides just enough tartness but doesn’t end up too limey. Your results may vary.
Once the cubes are good and frozen, transfer them to a zippy bag you keep in the freezer, thus freeing up the trays for another round of cilimetro or other purposes.
We’ve also successfully done this with home-made chicken stock, but you could probably do it with any liquid (except maybe something dairy-based — I imagine there would be separation issues?).
The real beauty of this method is you have absolute control over how much you choose to use for any purpose, and so there’s no waste because you’re not defrosting a full quart-size bag of stock or juice if you only want to make a single serving of something.