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Your family will love these fun recipes using big ice trays from Casabella. These trays can hold a lot more than ice-they are both oven and freezer safe, making them ideal for desserts that require both heating and chilling. Use these ideas ranging from artisanal iced tea to chocolate covered strawberries and have fun creating a delicious treat for your family.

Chocolate dipped strawberry
Chocolate dipped strawberry Casabella

Chocolate dipped strawberry

Chocolate covered strawberries
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Transfer melted chocolate evenly to Casabella big ice trays
- Submerge a strawberry, stem up, in each ice tray compartment.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Bon appétit!

Perfect iced tea
Perfect iced tea Jennifer Azevedo

Perfect iced tea

These extra-large ice cube trays are the perfect size for iced tea.  They melt much slower than traditional ice cubes creating the perfect way to cool it down without watering it down.   Mighty Leaf Iced Tea is all natural and free of sugar, calories, and artificial flavors and comes in sizes ready to make a half-gallon of tea with one bag.  It is made in northern California and comes in Green, Black, Calypso Mango and Ginger Peach flavors.

Brewing Tips:

• Prepare your iced tea with filtered or bottled water.  Avoid tap, distilled, or mineral water. 

• Prepare the tea as you would hot tea, then chill it quickly by adding ice.  Start by boiling 4 cups water (filtered or bottled).  Be sure not to over- boil the water as it makes flat tasting tea. 

• How many tea pouches to use?  A tea pouch usually makes 12 ounces of tea, 1 ½ cups.  Use 2 – 3 tea pouches for 4 cups of water.  If you plan to add a lot of ice, use 3 tea bags.  Mighty Leaf makes an Iced Tea Pouch™ perfectly portioned to steep in 4 cups of boiling water.

• Hot water is key!  Add the tea pouch right after you turn off the heat.  There is one exception.  When preparing iced tea made from green tea, let the water cool for about 5 minutes before steeping.

• Be sure that each tea pouch is completely immersed in the water and move it back and forth several times to maximize water flow through the bag.

• Steep 4 to 5 minutes for black teas, 3 minutes for green teas. Use a timer and be careful not to steep any longer to avoid bitter-tasting tea.

• Pour into a heat safe half gallon pitcher and add ice to the top.

• Preparing sun tea is not recommended for the same reasons you would not leave food outside in the sun.

Mighty Leaf iced tea recipes

Mighty Leaf Calypso Mango Cooler

Ingredients
1 Mighty Leaf Calypso Mango Iced Tea pouch
4 cups boiling water
10 oz. pineapple juice
2 ½ oz. lemon juice
2 ½ oz. agave nectar

Add Mighty Leaf Calypso Mango Iced Tea pouch to boiling water. Steep 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, stir, pour over ice, enjoy!

Mighty Leaf Calypo Mango Lemonade

Ingredients
1 Mighty Leaf Calypso Mango Iced Tea pouch
4 cups boiling water
4 cups lemonade

Add Mighty Leaf Calypso Mango Iced Tea pouch to boiling water. Steep 4 to 5 minutes. Add lemonade, stir, pour over ice, enjoy!

Mighty Leaf Ginger Peach Julep

Ingredients
1 Mighty Leaf Ginger Peach Iced Tea pouch
4 cups boiling water
10 oz. orange juice
4 to 5 oz. agave nectar

Add Mighty Leaf Ginger Peach Iced Tea pouch to boiling water. Steep 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, stir, pour over ice, enjoy!

Preserve your herbs
Preserve your herbs Jennifer Azevedo

Preserve your herbs

Basil in olive oil

Don't let your fresh herbs go to waste-simply harvest them and fill up your big ice cube tray.  Compact the herbs into the tray and pour olive oil over them until they are covered.  Freeze them and enjoy conveniently packed and preserved herbs all year long!

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