Interesting Uses For Leftover Coffee
April 21, 2017 8:58am CST
Many of us love our coffee in the morning. It is said that on average Americans spend about $1100 per year on coffee. Do you ever leave some unused coffee in the pot? Here are some unusual ideas on how utilize that leftover coffee instead of pouring it down the drain. 1. Season your chili. You can add a new and different depth of flavor to a pot of chili. 2. Make coffee ice cubes. Pour leftover coffee into a ice cube tray and use them for iced coffee. 3. Feed plants. Acid loving plants such as tomatoes can get an occasional boost when you water the plant with coffee instead of water. 4. Use for crafts. You can create coffee-dyed paper by staining the paper or fabric. Soak these in leftover coffee for a nice, earthy mocha coloring. 5. Scratched furniture repair. Reduce coffee by one half by simmering for awhile. Rub this on scratched dark wood and wipe away the excess with a rag. 6. Flavor brownies, oatmeal, cocoa or frosting by replacing all or part of the milk with leftover coffee.
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• Charlotte, North Carolina
We are not big coffee drinkers here but do use leftover grounds when there are some to discourage insects in the yard. Can't say how we learned to do this, but the ants move when the coffee grounds hit the ground and don't return.
I have used it in brownies/cakes. In the summer I used to add instant coffee to the leftover coffee and pour it over ice. So, I would like your ice cube idea! I like very strong coffee and my husband doesn't so we bought a Kurig and a French press. So we each make a cup of coffee the way we prefer and drink it. We never have left over coffee any more.