Of all the little chores in life that we might worry about messing up, filling ice cube trays with water before popping them into the freezer probably wouldn’t even rank on our lists. It’s one of those mindless tasks that we just assume is impossible to get wrong. Well, you can imagine our shock when a new clip making the rounds on social media proved that most of us have indeed been screwing it up this whole time.
Have you ever noticed a flat section in between the ridges of each slot on your tray? Go ahead and check your freezer if you need to a reminder. It turns out, those spots aren’t just for looks — gently pouring your water over that area rather than into the cubes themselves can actually help the liquid distribute evenly throughout the tray.
Seriously, check out the video below and we bet you’ll never look at an ice cube tray the same way again:
Are you suddenly getting flashbacks of all the times you diligently went through the tedious process of filling each individual slot — or try to fill it quickly and constantly having it splash back at you like the girl in the video? You’re not alone. It’s honestly crazy how such a small shift in perspective can completely change the way we think about these everyday objects.
Of course, some trays aren’t made with these small flat sections in between the cubes, so you might have to continue dealing with the old school method of filling them (although we wouldn’t be surprised if someone uncovers another life-changing way to use those types).
And even if you’re someone who’s blessed with an ice cube maker built into your fridge, this trick can come in handy for freezing things like fresh herbs in oil or chilling down leftover coffee to use in iced beverages!