Muffin tins are great for lots of things, not just making muffins. The folks at America's Test Kitchen have one more use for them that we love: pop in your muffin papers and serve out single scoops of ice cream into each cup before covering them with wrap and putting them in the freezer. This way you have quick, single-scoops of ice cream ready to go when you want one, without waiting for a whole tub of ice cream to warm up enough to scoop some out.
We've talked about using muffin tins to make taco bowls, make cookie cups and store stock, but this trick hits that instant gratification spot when it's warm outside and some ice cream would hit the spot. When you want a scoop, just take a liner out of the tin, cover it back over and put the ice cream into a bowl. No scooping, no fuss, no waiting.
Before you cry "this is why people are fat", you might also consider using this tip to manage portions of ice cream — when you only have six scoops in one container, it's easier to go and eat one scoop at a time, instead of serve a lot of ice cream out of a large container just because you've been waiting for it to get soft enough to scoop. What do you think? Handy for portion control, or a solution looking for a problem? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
3 marvellous Muffin Tin Tips [America's Test Kitchen]