You Can Never Brew Too Much Coffee. Can You?
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 9:51 AM
By Randy Pedersen
“More is better” some say. More in my experience is usually too much. Call it North American excess. I say make more use of what we have and that applies especially to coffee. For example, check out a previous post of mine regarding the reuse of coffee grinds. If you brew more coffee than you can drink before rushing headlong into the day DO NOT THROW IT OUT. Please do not throw it out. It’s still good for many things. And what ended up down the drain could have been the makings of your new favourite beverage.
Ever enjoy an iced coffee? Well not surprisingly it is made from cold coffee that didn’t end up down the drain. To make an iced coffee at home take brewed coffee and refrigerate it. Once it’s icy cold simply add a flavour shot (French Vanilla or English Toffee come to mind) and milk or cream to taste. Voila! A brand new beverage rescued from the drain and just perfect for lazy summer days reading a book. I almost forgot the ice cubes!
Unused coffee makes the best ice cubes for cold coffee beverages. Use cheap dollar store ice cube trays to freeze unused coffee for later use. Word of warning though, don’t use trays for making regular ice as ones used for coffee will impart the flavour and aroma no mater how diligently you wash them out. Unless you want to impress your guests with coffee flavoured martinis you could end up with an unexpected surprise. (More on coffee flavoured martinis in a future post and yes they are good.)
Substitute refrigerated coffee in recipes that call for water. You are going to have to use your imagination and experiment a little, but imparting a little coffee flavour (especially in baked goods) adds a whole new twist to some dishes. I could include recipes that I have tried but again, a future post if there is interest.
And before you throw the last of the coffee down the drain try this. REALLY TRY THIS! Take two cups of rescued coffee, 2 TBS of your favourite flavour shot (vanilla and caramel work really well) 4 TBS condensed sweetened milk (you can use regular milk but add more flavour syrup if you do) and 1 packet dissolved gelatin, mix well and pour into popsicle molds (small cups will do.) The tasty result is the perfect coffee flavoured summer cooler. Enjoy! A coffee Popsicle!
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