Have you ever been in a situation where you had to “think outside the box” and decide to use your coffee grounds for something other than making coffee? Can you imagine what happened when you pulled out the packets of coffee powder that were sitting in your spice rack and decided to make yourself a pot of coffee?
Well, I can imagine what would happen if you tried that at home. Most people use their grounds for regular cooking purposes, such as making soup, but some creative types like to experiment with different things. Here are a few ways you can use your coffee grounds to do things that will surprise you.
“There is a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee, tea, or wine. I wouldn’t drink it though…”
First off, did you know that you can use your coffee grounds to add flavor to anything you would like? You might not think it possible, but believe it or not, several recipes call for coffee without any added flavorings. Instead, you might want to try adding a few tablespoons of cinnamon or cardamom to the pot and see if you like the result. If not, then try a few teaspoons of nutmeg or just about anything else that has a bit of a kick to it. By using ground coffee instead of liquid, you are allowing the natural flavor to come through.
Next, have you ever noticed that certain brands of coffee just taste better when they are hot? This is not just because the beans are fresher, although that certainly plays a role. More often than not, it is because of the contact with the coffee grounds have with the water that runs through the filter within the maker. When you add more water and run the coffee through the machine, the coffee grounds will grab onto the moisture and stay on top of the pot. The more water you add, the fuller the taste.
There are plenty of other uses for coffee can coffee grounds, as well. They can help to cleanse the body after you consume them. They also give your tea and beverages a stronger flavor, which can be great for those who enjoy drinking stronger flavored drinks. You can even use them as toilet paper! If you have a can of coffee sitting in the bathroom, place a couple of them in there before you get out. It will pull out all of the stuck soap and also help to get rid of any grimy deposits from your skin.
Many people choose to use these products when making hot cocoa. Simply combine one tablespoon of coffee grounds with eight ounces of water and pour into your microwave. Set it to “on” and set the lid to “off”. In ten seconds, you will have a delicious hot cocoa drink. Just be sure to keep the lid closed while you mix it to prevent scorching.
So, can coffee grounds be used twice? Of course, they can! If you are going to be away from home for an extended period, or if you tend to forget to bring your cups, these products can come in handy. After all, everyone deserves a good cup of Joe!